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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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The sheriff's wife touches his legs in a suggestive manner while driving. -- PG

Sex/Nudity as a whole -- PG

A man is in a car crash; his car rolls down a hill and he is knocked unconscious. His face is bloody and we later learn his legs are severely broken. -- PG

A woman breaks a man's ankles with a sledgehammer. We see her place a block of wood between his ankles and then hit one of them with the sledgehammer. It snaps around the block of wood and we hear a disturbing sound as his ankle breaks, and we see it bend around the block. We see her raise the sledgehammer to do the second one but the camera cuts away to the mans screaming and pained face. No blood or gore -- 18 (focus on infliction of pain with a sadistic edge)

A man is shot in the back with a shotgun, and a gory exit wound appears in his chest and blood sprays. -- 15/18 borderline (very bloody, shocking)

A psychotic woman attacks a severely injured man in a wheelchair. She beats him and shoots him in the shoulder (with some blood), he shoves burnt paper down her throat and gouges her eyes with his thumbs (blood is shown coming from her eyes). The woman stands and the man trips her up. She falls and hits her head on the corner of a type writer. Some blood is shown. The man drags himself out of the room, but the woman suddenly jumps on top of him and tries to strangle him. He grabs a concrete ornament and hits her in the face with it, killing her. There is some blood, and the scene is very brutal and disturbing. -- 18 (fight is graphic with some strong bloody violence)

A woman acts violently towards a man in a wheelchair on occasion, including spraying lighter fluid on him while holding a box of matches, injecting him with a sedative, tying him to his bed, and occasionally slamming something on his legs or otherwise harming him. -- 15/18 borderline

A man is shown in very deep pain throughout the entire film, and his legs are shown injured. -- 15

Violence/Gore as a whole -- 18

"Fuck" is said once, aggressively as a direct insult. It's also said once involuntarily by Anne Wilkes. -- 15

A man types "fuck" 7 times very quickly. This is seen briefly and intended to be Comical -- 15

"Cocksucker" is said once. -- 15

One use of the middle finger. -- 12

"Bitch" is said twice. -- PG

"Bastard" is said a couple of times. -- PG/12

About 2 uses of "shit". -- PG

A few "damn"s and "hell"s. -- PG

Manners as a whole -- 15

A man and a woman drink wine together. -- U

A man is seen smoking a cigarette. -- U

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking as a whole -- U

The movie is built on the tension of a person being held against their will without anyone knowing about it, as the movie progresses it becomes increasingly intense as the captor goes to extreme measures to keep her victim, who is injured and has limited movement. -- 15/18 borderline (strong threat)

One character has some scenes where she is very violent and temperamental, and some scenes that include her in such a state might frighten younger children. -- 15 (mental disturbance theme)

One scene involves a wheelchair bound man trying to get back into a room before his captor arrives home. -- 12 (threat)

It's revealed that a woman character has murdered children and other people in the hospital where she used to work. -- 12

Horror as a whole -- 15

MPAA/USA - Rated R for adult situations/language and violence [].

BBFC/UK - Rated 15 (strong violence, threat, infrequent strong language).

Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Canada:14A / Canada:R (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Germany:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM14 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:M / Norway:15 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:PG (cut) / Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) / South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1991) / South Korea:18 (video rating) (1991) / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 (original rating) / UK:15 (re-rating) (2016) / USA:R (No. 30773)

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