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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

4/10

Steven is seen shirtless in bed.

Diane's shirt is lifted by spirits (non-sexually); we see her panties, although no nudity is shown.

A female is seen scantily-clad in a few scenes.

Violence & Gore

6/10

A gnarled tree comes to life and attempts to 'eat' a young boy.

A man imagines himself ripping off his face. We see him pull bloody chunks off his face off and drop them into a sink. Very bloody and disturbing, though very brief.

A young girl is sucked screaming into a portal.

A violent earthquake rocks a house.

A woman falls into a large hole filled with water were several skeletons appear. They are very grotesque looking.

A woman is attacked by spirits and flung around a room.

A large clown doll comes to life and attempts to kill a young boy. We see its arm wrap around his throat and drag him under a bed.

A mouth-like portal tries to suck two children into it.

Profanity

Some minor curse words are uttered, but nothing strong.

4/10

The parents are seen smoking marijuana. They discover it in a drawer at home, and decide to smoke it together. It is implied that it was hidden there long ago and forgotten about; a remnant of the couple's younger "hippie" days rather than something they still do.

Adults are seen drinking beers while watching a football game.

7/10

This movie is meant to be one of the scariest movies made in the 80's along with The Shining but here's some things that scares young viewers

One scene has a tree attacking and attempting to swallow a young boy. The tree crashes through a window and actually pulls the kid outside with its branches.

A scene has a man hallucinating that he is pulling the skin and flesh off of his face. The bloody chunks fall into a sink.

A scene has a young boy being attacked by his stuffed clown doll. The toy wraps its arms around the kid and tries to strangle him. The only real scare in this scene is that the dolls face changes from comical to menacing.

One scene in a closet has a man angering a demonic spirit. The spirit's grotesque face manifests in the doorway.

One scene has a woman trapped in an unfinished swimming pool and discovering that it is filled with rotting skeletons.

One scene has a closet morph into a giant, mouth-like portal that tries to suck the children in.

The ending scene has the family being blocked from leaving their home by coffins rising out of the ground and opening to reveal skeletons.

There are many scenes that place children in threatening conditions.

Several scenes might be considered too strong for young audiences.

One scene features scores of skeletons.

A jump scene where a woman opens a door and a deafening shriek occurs, and another where a loud thunder and an explosion of wind comes down the stairs, knocking people to the floor.

Children who fear clowns probably shouldn't watch it.

21/50 11-12+

Suggested MPAA Rating Reason: PG-13 for frightening scenes/scary images, language, and some thematic material

*Keep in mind, there was no PG-13 at the time of this movie's release

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