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Suggested rating: R for disturbing sequences of terror, some violent images, language and graphic nudity

Sex & Nudity: 6/10

A nude woman walks out of a bathtub and makes out with Jack. Her pubic hair, butt and breasts are explicitly shown. This scene goes on for a considerable amount of time. After he kisses her, she turns into an older woman. Her breasts and buttocks are then seen again, this time without pubic hair but with her vagina visible. Scene occurs between around 1 hr 12 min and 1 hr 16 min.

Two pictures of nude women are visible in the hotel cook's bedroom, their breasts visible. In one scene, they can be seen for around a minute.

In a bizarre series of shots, a man in a bear costume is shown kneeling before another man in a conspicuous manner.

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 144 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.

Jack Torrance smashes down doors with an axe while a woman hides ready to defend herself with a knife. She slices his 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.

A man is killed after being hit in the chest by an axe. He is later seen lying in a pool of his own blood. Although this scene is quite graphic and intense, it is the only onscreen murder in the film.

An old woman rises from a bathtub. Her body is rotten and corpse-like. May distress some viewers.

One scene shows a group of skeletons all mangled, more scary than disturbing.

At the end of the film there is a close up of a man who has frozen to death overnight.

Profanity: 8/10

10 uses of the word 'fuck'. (2 instances around 45 minutes, another 2 around 1 hr 8 minutes, and 3 more around 1 hr 19 minutes)

3 uses of a strong racial slur directed at people of African ancestry.

Several uses of the phrase 'son of a bitch'.

Some minor religious profanity.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 4/10

Some references to an incident where a man accidentally injured his son whilst drunk, three years prior to the events of the film. This incident caused him to stop drinking entirely.

A man smokes and drinks.

A woman smokes cigarettes.

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

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 9/10

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 one of the most terrifying films ever made. It exchanges cheap jump scares and instead contains much surrealist and bizarre imagery, as well as a very strong sense of dread and suspense and psychological terror. However, there is probably about one full minute total of onscreen blood throughout the 146-minute duration of the film.

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.

In one scene, a small child is riding down the hall on a toy tricycle and sees two girls' ghosts (and then flashbacks of their bloody hacked up corpses). This is very intense and frightening.

A naked woman is shown in a bathtub. She then turns into an old, decaying corpse 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, but this is due to the building tension and suspense throughout the film.

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

Overall: The Shining contains an eerie atmosphere, intense sequences of terror, some gory images, infrequent profanity and a brief scene of strong sexual content.

Argentina:18 (original rating) / Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Australia:M (original rating) / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (1999) / Brazil:14 / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) / Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) (re-rating) (2007) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2007) / Chile:18 / Denmark:15 / Denmark:15 (DVD rating) / Denmark:16 (video rating) / Finland:K-16 (1992) / Finland:K-18 (1980) / France:12 / Germany:16 / Greece:K-17 / Hong Kong:III / Hungary:18 / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:18 / Ireland:16 (theatrical re-release) (2012) / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R-15 / Malaysia:U / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Philippines:X / Portugal:M/16 / Russia:16+ / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) / South Korea:18 (DVD rating) (2004) (uncut) / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (re-rating) (2007) / UK:18 (video rating) (1986) / USA:R (Approved #25995) / West Germany:16

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