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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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A woman wears a short nightgown.

A baby is seen naked in a photograph.

A little girl mentions that her cat is getting its "nuts cut" (slang for being spayed).

Louis and Rachael kiss in many scenes. In one scene towards the end she says "darling" and passionately tongue-kisses him.


A child is run over. Their bloody shoe is shown (very upsetting)

A child kills a character with a scalpel. (offscreen) The character's mutilated body is shown later.

A person killed by a truck and their brains are exposed. He is seen many times.

A person's heel and mouth slashed with a scapel then gets his throat bitten out. This is on-screen in detail.

A child tries to kill his father with a scalpel

A character gives their kid and a cat a lethal injection to kill them (very upsetting)

A woman who has a spine disease is shown dying, she can look disturbing to some.

A dead cat is shown.

A man holds the severed leg of a child in his fist, and as he turns to face the camera, he digs his fingernails into his cheeks, leaving brownish-clear blood streaming down his face. He then laughs morbidly. The same man dies in a house fire while dragging his father in with him soon after.

A disemboweled rat is dropped into a bathtub on top of a man.

A girl mentions her cat being spayed.

A woman who finds out she has cancer hangs herself in her root cellar and swings around on-screen.

A woman is hung from an attic by her baby son. Her husband later carries her corpse outside, wrapped up in a sheet.

A woman comes back to her husband, and while she kisses him, pus-like liquid streams from one of her bruised eyes. Her face is purple and bloated and she's holding a steak knife. The husband screams and a squashy noise is heard as the screen fades to black, implying that he was stabbed by her.

A deceased girl tells a woman that "she's going to twist her back so she'll never get out of bed again"


2 uses of damn, 1 use of "fuck off", and 1 use of ass.


adults drink beer

some smoking


Recommended MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong disturbing horror violence/images and terror involving young children

Pet Cemetery is incredibly disturbing, vicious, and frightening. It is very depressing also.

There is a scene in which a dying girl is shown, and her sister has visions of her coming to get her.

Near the end of the movie, there is a killer child that was brought back from the dead.

The scene in which a cat dies might upset some viewers.

The scene where a little boy is killed by an oncoming truck might upset some viewers.

The end is where you will probably get frightened.

The premise of the film is very disturbing and frightening.

When Pascow shows up, it is very eerie and frightening.

24/50- Pet cemetery contains horrific and controversial scenes of violence, and is only appropriate for 15-16+.

Argentina:18 / Australia:M / Australia:MA15+ (2012) (re-rating) / Canada:18A / Chile:18 / Finland:K-16 (1993) (video version) (uncut) / Finland:K-18 (1989) (cut) / France:12 / Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM18 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Netherlands:16 / Norway:18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #29573) / West Germany:18 (original rating)

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