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(1988)

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Sex & Nudity

  • Two ghosts make moaning noises that a girl mistakenly thinks is her parents during intercourse.
  • A scene is shown in which Betelgeuse mentions that he hasn't gotten any "action" in 600 years, and then visits a brothel staffed by devil women who are scantily clad.
  • Betelgeuse tries to look up Barbara's skirt. He also forcefully kisses her, and grabs her. All of this is when they first meet him.
  • Betelgeuse caresses a dead girl's thigh.
  • Betelgeuse grabs his crotch and hoists it up in a slightly offensive manner (intended to be a middle finger-type gesture) and makes a jerking-off hand gesture (implying masturbation) after saying "Nice f*ckin' model!"
  • Betelgeuse as a giant snake slithers across the floor and chuckles as he slithers past Delia looking up her skirt.
  • Betelgeuse tries to force a teen girl to marry him (as a loophole). He acts suggestively throughout.

Violence & Gore

  • 5/10
  • 100% played for laughs.
  • A woman rips her face off, and her eyeballs hang from their sockets. (Comical, but may scare younger viewers)
  • A man stretches his face so that it looks like he's got a beak and you can't see his eyes. Soon after, a woman's eyes roll back bloodshot and she stretches her face into a crocodile mouth with eyes in.
  • Two characters drown, but it occurs off-screen and is not graphic (it is actually very funny).
  • A dead woman sits in a waiting room. She's been sawed in half. Her lower half sits on one side of a man, the upper half sits on the other side. She is animated (she smacks him with a book when he touches her leg.)
  • One ghost looks like he's been flattened by a truck. He has tire marks across his "body" and he slips into a crevice in a wall. Rather funny.
  • We see a close-up shot of a housefly being grabbed by Betelgeuse and pulled into his lair. Nothing else is seen, but then we hear what is obviously Betelgeuse belching.
  • Betelgeuse eats a fly as a reference to the 1958 horror movie "The Fly".
  • A woman / ghost refers to having an "accident" and holds up her wrists - which had been slit, suggesting she died by suicide.
  • A menacing giant snake with a human head and long sharp teeth holds a man upside down over a stair railing, then drops him.
  • In one scene Lydia contemplates suicide and writes a note saying she has plummeted off a bridge.

Profanity

  • Two uses of "f*ck" (one is harder to hear as more than one person is talking at that time), and two of "sh*t".
  • Two uses of "Jesus"
  • One use of "p*ssed off"
  • G'd is said at the very beginning of the film.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 2/10
  • Overall smoking is depicted as an act which leads to a violent and unpleasant death. A ghost woman who was a smoker in life has a tracheotomy wound in her neck and blows the smoke from her cigarettes through it. Another ghost is depicted as a horrible charred skeleton/body, the implication being that he burned to death when a cigarette caught his bed on fire.
  • Several living people smoke cigarettes and drink cocktails at a dinner party.
  • A man is offered a cigarette by a comically burned and charred animated corpse.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Constant references to death & the afterlife, including depictions of dead characters, ghosts & other creatures which may frighten or upset younger viewers.
  • MPAA/USA - Rated PG for language, violence and scary images.
  • BBFC/UK - Rated 15 (strong comic horror).

Spoilers

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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Otho performs a seance on Adam and Barbara, that causes them to instantly wither and age grotesquely. Barbara's hands and feet crumble to dust, and Adam's jawbone falls off. They are later restored.
  • In the Twisting Corridor in the underworld Barbara and Adam see lost souls rising and screaming in a hellish and psychedelic nightmare world. A janitor leans in and creepily explains that these people have been exorcised. What makes it even worse is that this is a fate that Adam and Barbara could have suffered later in the movie.

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