A Nightmare on Elm Street
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Sex & Nudity

A woman takes off her nightgown and from behind you see her panties and no shirt on from behind. breasts are not visible. -- 12

A couple has loud sex. We see the bare back of the man thrust once. We later hear they were only 15. -- 15/18 borderline (not particularly graphic, but quite strong)

A teenage boy mentions that he was watching "Ms. Hottie America... His mother asks how he is able to listen to music while watching that: "How can you hear what they're saying?" He quips "Who cares what they're saying?" -- PG (comic reference)

In the beginning, a teenage boy mentions having a "hard-on". -- 15

Fred Krueger's gloved hand comes up in between Nancy's legs in the bathtub. -- 15 (for horror, unsexualized)

Sex/Nudity as a whole -- 15/18 borderline

Violence & Gore

A teenage girl is dragged to the ceiling, her shirt is ripped open and she is slashed repeatedly (she is being killed in her dream, so the object slashing her is not seen). Blood is shown covering her whole body and the bed under her (she thrashes around in the air before finally dying). -- 18 (very graphic with a sadistic edge)

A teenage boy is pulled inside a bed and a fountain of blood gushes upward. -- 15/18 borderline

A teenage boy is hung from a rafter with a bed sheet. -- 15/18 borderline

Freddy's face is ripped off, and his skull is shown (torn flesh surrounds it, but it's rather unrealistic and not too graphic, also rather brief). -- 15/18 borderline

A character is shown bloody inside of a body bag. -- 18 (strong grisly image)

Krueger masochistically slashes himself, the result being squirts of greenish blood and guts coming out of the wounds. It's more creepy than violent. -- 18 (accompanied by sadistic threat)

Freddy 'hugs' Nancy's mother, whilst on fire, turning her into a charred corpse; this is from a distance. -- 18

One of the dead teenagers is seen in a dream, with blood dripping out of her eyes. A centipede then crawls out of her mouth, before she turns into a steaming pile of what looks like intestines and worms. -- 18 (strong grisly image)

Violence as a whole -- 18

Profanity

4 sexual expletives ("fuck") -- 15

5 lavatorial swear words ("shit") -- PG/12

Milder profanity -- PG

Language as a whole -- 15

Nancy's mother is an alcoholic (we see her drinking throughout the film, as well as seeing her drunk in one scene). She also smokes cigarettes. -- 12

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking as a whole -- 12

Strong sense of sadistic threat throughout the film -- 18

Characters are afraid of going to sleep because of what may happen to them -- 15

Some parts are very intense, but it is very light on inappropriate content. -- 18 (strong horror elements)

The film may be psychologically upsetting for younger viewers. -- 18

Horror as a whole -- 18

Ratings: U -- Universal (suitable for all), PG -- Parental Guidance, 12 -- Unsuitable for under 12s, 15 -- Unsuitable for under 15s, 18 -- Suitable only for adults.

FILM AS A WHOLE: 18. Suitable only for adults. Advice: Contains strong sadistic horror and threat and bloody violence

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Certification:
Argentina:18 / Australia:R (original rating) / Australia:MA (re-rating) (2005) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:14A (Alberta) (2010) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (2009) / Finland:K-18 / France:12 / Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) / Iceland:16 / India:A / India:U/A (heavily cut) / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM18 (DVD re-rating) / Italy:VM18 (original rating) / Italy:VM14 (re-rating) / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 (DVD rating) / Norway:18 (video premiere) (1987) (cut) / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/18 / Singapore:M18 / Singapore:PG (heavily cut) / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R / West Germany:18 (original rating) (1984)

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