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Parents Guide for
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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

Sex & Nudity: 7/10

A naked woman is shown coming out of a bathtub and then kissing a man while standing. Her whole body is shown naked including full frontal nudity for about two minutes. She then turns into an old, decaying lady and brief scenes of the old lady fully nude are seen. This scene is not intended to be erotic or arousing. It is somewhat disturbing and cringe-worthy

There are two large pictures of nude women in the cook's bedroom (only breasts are shown). This is somewhat noticeable.

It is implied a man in a dog suit is giving fellatio to another man. It's very hard to figure out what is going on because there is no nudity or noises to hear from this sexual act and it's shown from a side view so you don't see what the dog is doing until he stops and sits up. This is only about three seconds long and is frightening due to the surrealist nature of the scene.

Violence & Gore

Violence & Gore: 8/10

The movie is more surreal and disturbing than outright violent, but there are some brief violent parts. Very little blood is shown throughout the 146-minute running time.

Several times in this movie, you see a lot of blood coming out of an elevator that the boy sees in his mind. Later, a woman sees the same thing.

There is a scene where you see two mangled dead bodies of girls in a corridor surrounded by pools of blood, as well as an axe.

A woman threatens a man with a baseball bat and the man then threatens to bash her brains in. The woman hits the man in the head with the baseball bat, and the man then falls down a flight of stairs. He is later dragged into a "walk-in" while unconscious.

A man smashes down doors with an axe while a woman hides ready to defend herself with a knife. She slices the man's hand with a knife, blood briefly visible.

In the middle of a rather intense scene, a man with what appears to be an axe wound in his head, raises his glass and says, "Great party, isn't it?" The wound is not very graphic - all you can see is a large slit, no brains or anything - but the fact that the man is bald makes it quite detailed.

The cook (Dick Hallorann) is killed after being hit in the chest by an axe; the scene is quite graphic and intense. This is the only onscreen murder in the film. He is later seen lying in a pool of his own blood.

An old woman rises from a bathtub and looks outright horrible, decayed and full of mold.


Profanity: 8/10

10 f-words, 3 racial slurs for African Americans, (the "N" word). Numerous uses of S.O.B., several uses of the swear word goddamn it.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 5/10 it is mentioned that a character has not had a drink in 5 months. A man smokes and drinks. A woman smokes cigarettes.

There's a mention about a father having a drinking problem and, while drunk, abusing his son.

A man orders many drinks from the bar and is shown drinking several glasses of liquor.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 10/10

We see intense fear and fright on the face of a young boy often throughout the film with the addition of a second sinister voice from his lips.

The Shining is often considered as one of the creepiest movies ever made. It contains strong horror and, at times, disturbing surreal imagery. The entire film has a very strong sense of dread due to its use of frightening music, strange noises, strong suspense throughout and psychological terror. However, there is probably about one full minute total of onscreen blood throughout the 146-minute duration of the film. Most of the horror is Atmospheric with the creepy sounds and Music !

We hear a character converse with a ghost on several occasions.

We see intense anger and hatred exhibited on the face of a character throughout the film.

The cinematography / surreal imagery and music is what makes this film so frightening.

A scene where a small child is riding down the hall on a toy tricycle and sees two girls' ghosts ( and then flashbacks of their hacked corpses ) is very intense and frightening.

A naked woman is shown in the bathroom, in the tub and coming out, she then turns into an old, decaying lady and scenes of the old lady fully nude are seen (see Sex & Nudity for more information). She then creepily laughs, as she tries to catch Jack. This scene is said to be one of the most terrifying scenes in film history.

A father chases his son through a maze with an axe.

Over all the MPAA Rating in this time we live in for this film would probably be:

Rated R for strong terror, disturbing images, language, and a scene of sexual content involving graphic nudity.


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