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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: 4/10

There are two large pictures of nude women in the cook's bedroom (only breasts are shown). This is somewhat noticeable in one particular scene for around a minute.

A naked woman comes out of a bathtub. Full frontal nudity, not overly sexual.

A man in a bear costume is kneeling before another man in a conspicuous manner.

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.

In the 'Here's Johnny' 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.

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.


Profanity: 8/10

10 uses of the word 'fuck'.

3 uses of strong racial slurs directed at African Americans

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

Some minor religious profanity.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 5/10

Some references to an incident where a man accidentally injured his son whilst drunk, some months 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 as one of the creepiest movies ever made. It contains strong horror and, at times, disturbing and 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.

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.

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