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Heavy sexuality themes and strong themes are mentioned.

Opens with a brutual almost sexual attack on a female that is easily misconstrued as attempted rape. The dead female's breasts are then exposed and remains on camera for an extended time.

Numerous pictures are shown of the female from the opening scene topless in several portions of the movie.

A doctor recounts a tale of a colleague giving a "breast exam" to a 12 year old girl.

Nurse Forsythe (Lynn Lowry) changes in front of a male remaining topless for about a minute.

Betts (Barbara Steele) takes a bath and while showing nothing, is implied a creature enters her through her genitals.

Mrs. Tudor (Susan Petrie) and Mr. Tudor (Allan Kolman) although husband and wife engage in an almost forced near sex. One of Mrs. Tudor's breasts are breifly exposed.

Betts begs Mrs. Tudor to make love to her before they engage in a female-female kiss.

The concierge lures a couple into a room full of males and females having a presumable orgy although only one female is topless. They sexually attack the couple.

Betts, Mrs. Tudor, and Nurse Forsythe are shown in a pool all wearing see-through wet clothing.

An unknown black female is seen topless in a hallway kissing a male on the floor.

A fully nude female is seen jumping into a pool.

A bearded male offers another male the chance to make love to his daughter before she sits on his lap and kisses her.

A large female attacks a bellhop in a hallway demanding he make love to her.

The same bellhop later gets in an elevator with a mother and her young daughter (~6 years old). The mother exits the elevator in her undergarments on the bottom.

A male is seen sexually attacking a female on top a car with bra exposed.

Nurse Forsythe at one point tells the main character "Roger, I had a very disturbing dream last night. In this dream I found myself making love to a strange man. Only I'm having trouble you see, because he's old... and dying... and he smells bad, and I find him repulsive. But then he tells me that everything is erotic, that everything is sexual. You know what I mean? He tells me that even old flesh is erotic flesh. That disease is the love of two alien kinds of creatures for each other. That even dying is an act of eroticism. That talking is sexual. That breathing is sexual. That even to physically exist is sexual. And I believe him, and we make love beautifully."


The insects burst open their victims chests with bloody results

Lots of bloody attacks by the victims of the insects and the insects themselves

In one scene a man Is repeatedly hit in the head with a hammer, blood is all over him and be walls.

an old man grabs a young girl by her neck and chokes her to death

A fat old man strangles a woman, rips open her blouse and surgically cuts open her abdomen to get at her innards and destroy the parasite living inside her.


One use of slang for breasts (titties) and one use of profanity (fuck). Otherwise than that, nothing.


Smoking, no drinking


The overall theme of this infection can be intense and upsetting

Suggested MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent and sexual content, bloody images, nudity, and brief langage

Australia:R18+ / Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-18 / France:16 / Germany:16 (re-rating) / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM18 / Netherlands:16 / Norway:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / UK:X (original rating) / USA:R / West Germany:18 (nf) (cut) / West Germany:Not Rated (video release) (cut)

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