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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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Sex & Nudity

-A man and a woman have sex: he thrusts from behind as she leans over a sink, and her bare breasts are visible as well as the side of her bare buttocks (this scene only goes on for about 5 seconds, but after the scene where Ving Rhames lifts a weight, it goes back to this one, this time breasts not revealed).

-A man and a woman who are married kiss and caress each other in a shower (we see them through a sheer shower curtain and their bare buttocks and her bare breast are evident).

-A woman climbs on top of, and kisses her husband in bed.

-A young man and a young woman flirt and lie on a sleeping bag together.

-We see a some bare breasts in some scenes, one belonging to an undead character and another to a human, shown around the credits.

Violence & Gore

There is pervasive violence, blood and gore throughout the movie.

Lots of blood spraying.

A man hits a zombie with a croquet mallet, breaking it. Then, as the zombie attacks him he impales the head of the zombie with the broken piece of wood. Blood is seen coming out of the bottom of his head and as the spike exits the top of the zombie's head, we see brain matter and blood squirt out.

A man has his neck bitten by a zombie. We see veins and entrails get ripped out, and see the inside of his neck. During this scene there is a lot of blood spraying out of the man's neck.

Many zombies are shot in the head, usually no blood. In one scene in particular, a zombie's head is blown apart, sending pieces of it flying around the room. The walls are covered in fleshy chunks and brain matter as well as large amounts of blood and gore after this scene.

A man trips and accidentally kills a woman with a chainsaw. We see the saw slice her in half from the shoulder down to her waist. The saw rips her shirt apart as it rips her flesh apart sending blood and gore spraying around the area. For a quick moment we also see her insides start coming out and hit the chainsaw, making for a gory mess.

A man is hit by a speeding ambulance. We see his body literally break in half as the ambulance collides with him sending him flying into a yard.

A speeding car crashes into a gas station, resulting in a large and violent explosion.

A man gets surrounded by a horde of zombies, and as he is about to get eaten, he blows up a tank of propane gas, killing many zombies as well as himself.

A legless zombie is shot point blank range in the head with a shotgun. The impact is not seen, but we see the remains of his head splatter against a wall behind him.

We see many reanimated corpses walking around in various stages of decay, with opaque eyes (or the lack thereof), darkened veins, limp rotten skin, exposed innards/bones, and usually with many gruesome injuries inflicted on their bodies prior to death that have since coagulated and rotted out.

The reanimated corpse of a large woman charges at a group of survivors. One of the survivors grabs a fireplace poker and stabs it into the eye of the zombie and pushes it in deeper until it breaks out of the back of the zombie's head, killing it.

The group of survivors turns kerosene tanks into homemade bombs to deal with the hordes of zombies. We do not see an initial impact from the explosion but see burning bloody limbs lying everywhere afterwards and see zombies walking with severe injuries from explosions (missing body parts, on fire, mutilated, etc...)

Many zombies got sliced with a chainsaw through the side of a bus. We see legs and arms get sawed off, a few zombie's torsos get sawed open, and we see one unlucky zombie's head get sawed in half, causing what's left of its brain to ooze out.


Repeated swearing throughout, including blasphemy, mild swear words (damn, s--t) and strong swear words (f--k, motherf---er). 49 F-words, 33 S-words.

At least two instances of smoking.

-The first half of the movie contains many "Boo" scenes which are a bit frightening.

-The movie is very gory.

-Many lead characters are killed.

-Lots and Lots of zombie-almost-bit-my-arm-off scenes.

-There is a pregnant woman who turns into a zombie later in the movie and yet she's still kept by her husband and is hidden from the group. she gives birth to a zombie baby, which is shortly after killed by a gunshot to the head off-screen.

Rated R for: Adult Content, Graphic Violence, Graphic Language.(Starz advisory)

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Rated R for pervasive strong horror violence and gore, language and sexuality (Certificate No. 40662)
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA / Austria:16 / Brazil:18 / Canada:18A (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Chile:14 / Czech Republic:18 / Finland:K-18 / France:-16 / Germany:18 (also director's cut) / Hong Kong:III (director's cut) / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:16 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R-15 / Malaysia:18SG / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Philippines:R-13 / Portugal:M/18 / Singapore:R21 / Singapore:M18 (edited TV version) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) / UK:18 / USA:R (Certificate No. 40662) / USA:Unrated (director's cut)

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