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Parents Guide for
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A woman removes her robe, revealing her breasts and buttocks.

A man and a woman have sex; the scene is shot in slow-motion and we see her breasts moving. This scene lasts a little while.

Another sex scene includes thrusting and moaning.

A woman takes her shirt off and a man caresses her breasts; they then have sex in his car (thrusting visible)

Implied sex (a man and a woman meet in motel rooms several times).

A porn film played from a projector is shown several times, with the man thrusting from behind. Another porn film is shown near the end of the film; a woman is having her nipples sucked by two other women.

A woman is coerced into undressing and performing oral sex on a man at gunpoint; we see her undress, and the oral sex is implied.

One last sex scene is shot in slow motion with thrusting and grabbing visible. The woman then stands up and walks away into a cabin. She is shown fully nude.


Video camera footage shows a woman's dismembered body, both in black and white and in color, with a large amount of blood. This footage is shown briefly a few times throughout the film. There is at least one quick close-up shot of the body's viscera.

A man is repeatedly pistol whipped, then kicked as he lies on the ground.

A man's forehead is embedded in the edge of a glass table after falling. There is a close up shot of his face with a lot of blood.

A man has his throat cut with blood dripping, and is then shot in the head with blood and brain matter splattering. He falls to the ground in slow-motion.


Infrequent use of the word "fuck" and its derivatives. Occasional uses of other profanities ("cocksucker", "shit").


Main characters smoke frequently. There are also several strong drug references.

There are several scenes that include social drinking - at a bar, at a party. etc.


The entire film has a creepy and surreal atmosphere enhanced by the cinematography and soundtrack. However, there are no jump scares.

Rated R for bizarre violent and sexual content, and for strong language

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