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Parents Guide for
Scream (1996) More at IMDbPro »

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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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Sex & Nudity

A teenage girl flashes her boyfriend, but we see her from the back.

A teenage girl takes off her bra, preparatory to having sex, but her boyfriend blocks camera view.

Fondling through clothes, kissing, and some sexual innuendo. Also many references (a few to rape)

Sex/Nudity as a whole

Violence & Gore

Lots of squishy stabbings with lots and lots of blood; people walk around with blood all over them (faces, hands, arms, torsos) from the stabbings and knives sticking out as they stagger around. The violence is not always graphic, but almost always onscreen. (violence is strong, bloody and disturbing with focus on the victims' terror)

Throats are slit a couple times in close-up with lots of blood.

An eviscerated corpse sits in a chair and one is shown hanging from a tree (lots of blood again).

A bloody corpse falls onto a car windshield.

A teenager is crushed in a garage door and later we see her bloody body.

A few gunshots with some blood (once in the head).

A bloody knife cut on an arm and lots of hits, kicks, and punches.

A face slap resulting in a woman's bruised face.

Lots of "jump" scenes with chases, glass exploding, people jumping out.

Threatening with guns.


Over fifteen sexual expletives ("f***")

Many mild obscenities

Many scatological references

Anatomical references

Teenagers drink beer at a party

A man smokes a cigarette.

The film contains some strong and sustained (and sometimes sadistic) threat and menace with characters frequently being harassed and stalked by "Ghostface". In many ways, the manner in which characters are tormented before their gruesome deaths makes the violence more hard-hitting and even though some aspects of this film can be seen as comedic, the violence certainly is not.

Due to the graphic violence, it has been the subject of controversy for "horror movies cause real-life violence by impressionable youths".

This film was originally Rated:NC-17 but it had to be edited to receive an R-rating.

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Rated R for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language (cut)
Argentina:16 (director's cut) / Australia:MA / Austria:16 / Brazil:12 (original rating) / Brazil:14 (TV rating) (1999) / Canada:R (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:16+ (Quebec) / Canada:18+ (TV rating) (Quebec) / Chile:18 / Finland:K-16 / France:16 (original rating) / France:12 (re-rating) / Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) (2011) / Germany:16 (cut) (video version) (1997-2011) / Germany:18 (original rating) (1996-2011) / Greece:K-17 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:16 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:PG-12 (director's cut) / Mexico:B / Netherlands:16 / Netherlands:12 (tv rating) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 (director's cut) / Norway:15 (original rating) / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Romania:I.C.-14 / Singapore:PG (cut) / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) / South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) / South Korea:15 (re-rating) (2011) / South Korea:18 (re-rating)(1998) / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Sweden:18 (director's cut) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R (cut) (certificate #34995) / USA:NC-17 (original rating) / USA:TV-MA (tv rating)

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