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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

Moderate sexual terms said throughout the movie. The fact that they're said by a 12-year old makes it worse.

The possessed girl shouts "Fuck her up the ass!" at a priest. The entire time she has a horrifying demonic voice.

Take into account many of the things are said by a possesed girl.

A girl is seen masturbating with a crucifix, while shouting "f**ck me!". Nothing is seen, it is shot from the side.

A girl pushes her mothers head to her crotch, the mother screams and her face comes up bloody.

A girl starts sticking her tongue out in a suggestive manner towards the priest.


Violence & Gore

During the course of the movie, the possessed 12-year-old girl's face becomes increasingly pale and streaked with bloody lacerations, and her eyes begin to redden and sometimes roll back (in a later scene we realize that her whole body has been affected); her voice becomes very low and scratchy, she develops a large lump in her throat and makes various, very eerie and frequently animalistic sounds. Despite the age of the film, she still looks very frightening.

During one scene (only in the restored, director's cut for the film's 2000 re-release) she goes down a flight of stairs bent over backwards -- she looks like a giant spider, spitting blood. VERY disturbing scene.

During other scenes she is violently thrown back and forth on her bed; she levitates; her head spins all the way around; she spits green phlegm/vomit at a man (actually pea soup); blood comes out of her mouth; she projectile vomits green goo, projecting it on several bystanders and covering their faces; she urinates in public (we see urine trickle to the floor); and, the words "Help Me" appear on her body from the inside (presumably from the real person trapped within).

During one of the manifestations of the demon, the young girl grabs a man's crotch very violently (he screams in pain), and has to be forcefully lifted of him and restrained. She spends the majority of the second half of the move tied to her bed.

Strange noises and demonic-looking or monstrous faces are evident in a few scenes, and household furnishings become animated: candles flare up, pictures fall off walls, a bed starts to shake vigorously.

A room shakes and walls and doors crack and split, the temperature drops suddenly, and stuff flies around by itself, in one scene, flying toward the mother.

The young girl at one point masturbates very violently with a crucifix, resulting in self-mutilation (sound effects that would usually be reserved for a blade puncturing flesh are dubbed in) a great deal of blood about the girl's crotch, which splashes onto her clothes, hands and face; her mother's face is later smeared in the blood after the girl shoves her mother's face down into her crotch, growling, "lick me!" She then throws her mother across the room onto a wooden floor, and the woman screams in agony. The possessed girl, who is facing away from the mother, suddenly turns her head 180 degrees around to face her mother and asks her, "Do you know what she did, your c**ting daughter?" Very graphic and disturbing. The mother's face is badly bruised on one side in the next scene.

The possessed 12-year-old girl attacks several people: she hits or slaps several, grabs a man by the crotch and pushes him down; a man grabs her, throws her down, punches her several times and tries to choke her.

A man commits suicide by jumping out of a window and tumbling down several flights of steps.

A person gets an injection, blood is drawn for testing and a catheter is inserted on a person's neck (some blood is evident).

A bloody gash appears on the girl's leg when she's sprinkled with holy water.

Several dogs are shown fighting each other.

We are told that a man died when he was pushed down some steps and that his head was turned backwards.

We see a dead body, and a pool of blood next to the body.

One of the priest starts brutally beating the processed girl.



Lots of graphic language mostly from a possessed child

75 uses of f*ck

There are three uses of very strong language (e.g. 'cunt'); Used once in an aggressive manner.

Many uses of mild (to very mild) language: shit, bitch, asshole, faggot, cocksucker, crap etc.

Mild blasphemy involving sexual references.


There are adults socially drinking at a dinner party.

The mother is shown drinking alcohol to cope with the situation.

The mother smokes cigarettes, as does a priest.

In one scene, a visibly intoxicated man is shown.

A 12 year old child is injected with sedatives against her will, as well as being put through a hospital procedure that involves being injected in the neck with contrast fluid.

A verbal reference is made to marijuana.

The drugs Ritalin and Thorazine are referenced.

Two priests share a drink from a bottle stolen from another university dean; both are also showing smoking.

Even though there are frequent scenes involving alcohol/smoking they are very mild and neither glamorize, nor promote the use of drugs; one scene in fact decries drug use.


The scene where father karras jumps out a window to get rid of the demon is very disturbing.

This film is extremely disturbing despite it being made a long time ago, very scary. Because some teens are more disturbed than others, RECCOMENDED AGE 14/15+ depending on maturity. NOT RECCOMENDED FOR ANYONE UNDER 14

When it was released, it was known as the scariest movie ever made. There are many jump scares which can shock you. The film isn't very violent as it is more of a psychological thriller


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Rated R for Disturbing Gruesome Content, Pervasive Strong Language, Some Sexuality, and for Brief Drug-Related Material

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Rated R for strong language and disturbing images (Approved No. 23433)
Argentina:16 (director's cut) / Argentina:18 (original rating) / Australia:R / Australia:MA (TV rating) / Brazil:14 (TV rating - 1988) (video rating - 2001) / Brazil:18 (original rating) / Brazil:12 (cinema rating) (1998) / Brazil:16 (cinema rating) (1987) / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) (2000 re-release) / Canada:R (Manitoba) (also 2000 version) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2000 re-release) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:R (Ontario) / Canada:AA (Ontario) (2000 re-release) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:14A (re-rating) / Canada:R (video rating) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1998) / Chile:18 (original rating) / Chile:14 (re-rating) (2000) / Finland:K-16 (2013) / Finland:K-18 (1974) / France:12 (director's cut) / France:16 (original rating) / Germany:16 (bw) (2001 re-release) / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:18 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:18 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:PG-12 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Mexico:C / Mexico:B (2000) / Netherlands:16 (director's cut) / Netherlands:18 (original rating) / New Zealand:R18 (original rating) / New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) (2000) / Norway:18 / Norway:15 (2000) / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:(Banned) (original rating) / Singapore:R(A) (re-rating) (cut) / Singapore:M18 (video rating) (cut) / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:(Banned) (original rating) / UK:18 (re-rating) (2008) / UK:18 (re-rating) (1990) / USA:R (Approved No. 23433) / USA:TV-14 (TV rating) / West Germany:18 (bw)

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