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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


For the sake of parents; this is not a film about sex

The breasts of a human-like creature are seen for a brief period of time. The dark environment however means that they are not overtly displayed.

There is absolutely no sex in this film

It's revealed that a woman was having a sexual affair with a man and a woman makes a crude sexual joke, nothing that wouldn't be in a PG-13/12A.

Violence & Gore


Much of the violence and gore in this film is accompanied by spraying blood, but the cuts are fast paced and quick, so injury is not often lingered on

A chunk of a woman's throat is bitten off. Blood spray and visible dead body throughout scene. (Mild)

A woman is dragged by her feet into the darkness, where her abdomen is torn open and her intestines are fed upon whilst she screams and thrashes. Her throat is then torn out. No organs visible, accompanied with blood spray. (Explicit)

Whilst attempting to cross a deep crevasse a woman is attacked and her throat is ripped out, she hangs upside down and blood spills. visible blood spray. (Mild)

A woman wakes up in a cave filled with human remains and skeletons. A body is thrown into the cave and fed upon. Accompanied by spraying blood and visible intestines, disturbing. (Explicit)

A head-on collision with a truck impales two people with metal piping. No splatter, blood visible on poles, very implicit. (Very Mild)

A woman has a large open wound in her leg, from which a splintered bone sticks out. It bleeds profusely throughout the scene, and is paired with disturbing squishing and crunching sounds as it is fixed. Some blood, relatively implicit but quite shocking. (Mild)

Two women are attacked, prompting them to lash out with climbing gear. blood spray and spatter is visible throughout the scene. (Mild)

Two particularly violent scenes involve a man's head being smashed against a cave wall repeatedly until he is dead and a woman sticking her fingers deep into the eyes of a man, killing him. Disturbing violence and excessive pouring blood. (Very Explicit)

A cave person tries to drag away the body of a woman, another woman fights with him, she strikes him several times, he bleeds, tries to bite her, and she stabs him in the chest repeatedly.

A cave person attacks a woman, she fights with her and stabs her in the eye with a spike.

A woman falls into water where she is attacked by a cave person and the woman stabs him (blood spreads in the water).

A cave person attacks a woman and tries to bite her, she pushes him off and kicks him repeatedly, killing him (we hear crunching).

A cave person attacks a woman, who swings at him with a pick, and another woman hits him from behind and then breaks his neck.

A woman beats a cave person in the head until his skull is crushed.

A woman swings a weapon around and behind her and strikes another woman in the throat; the woman gurgles and falls to the ground, and blood pours and spurts from the wound.

A woman crushes a wounded woman's skull with a large rock.

A woman is stabbed through the leg with spelunking gear and is unable to run; she is surrounded by cave people, and we hear her screaming.

A woman runs through a dark cave and stumbles into a puddle of blood (she comes out of the puddle soaked in blood).

A woman climbing across a tether over a deep chasm falls, the rigging breaks loose, she slams into a wall, and a woman who tries to grab the tether is severely injured (her hand is cut open and we see tissue and blood pouring); the woman is pulled up and is OK.

A woman pulls things from the dead body of a woman (she is blood soaked) in order to build a torch. Birds peck at a dead deer (we see blood and maggots wriggling on the carcass).

A woman has a nightmare that a metal pipe crashes through window and pierces her head. Silhouette shot, no blood. (Very Mild)



44 F-words, 14 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 5 mild obscenities, 14 religious exclamations.

Name-calling (selfish cow.)


Two women smoke marijuana.

Women drink beer.

A woman smokes a cigarette.

A woman takes a prescription pill.

A woman makes a remark about "getting wasted."


The movie is about surviving underground with monsters lurking around every corner, so sustained terror and horror can be found throughout.

This movie is overall very tense, and its main themes are claustrophobia, isolation, pitch black darkness, and monsters. It is also quite psychological at times.

Sudden appearance of the monsters are used primarily, as well as quick but scary appearances of them in the darkness, seen by the characters.

Some close-up shots of the creatures reveal their gruesome and horrific features.

There are many intense fights, and the ways of killing can be quite disturbing, even to viewers used to watch horror movies.

Total: 37/50

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Rated R for strong violence/gore and language
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