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Parents Guide for
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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


A woman driving a car drifts over into the opposing lane and crashes headfirst into another car, resulting in two poles from it penetrating the windshield. We see one pole erupt from the back of a front seat headrest, with bloody results. We don't see the bodies, but the woman's husband and daughter are killed in this.

A woman awakens in a hospital bed with various dried, bloody cuts, scrapes and bruises on her face.

We see a dead elk in the woods, and it has maggots and blood on its head.

A woman's palms are bloody through her gloves after a rope line zipped through her hands.

A woman falls down a hole and hitting the wall hard on the way down, but she lives. However, when we next see her, a bone is protruding from her pants leg, and when that's cut away, we see a very bad leg wound (bloody and open with the bone sticking out). A woman pushes the bone back into the leg (with additional bloody results, as well as the woman screaming in pain and the sound of the bone cracking).

A cave creature pounces onto a woman, biting her neck, and tears off the flesh (with very bloody results. You can hear her gargling blood).

A woman hears a sound behind her, quickly turns around with her ice axe and accidentally drives it through the neck of one of her comrades, badly wounding her (blood pours from the wound and from her mouth).

With night vision, a woman sees more skeletons in the cave, when a fresh human body (someone in her party) suddenly drops down into the pile and many of the creatures descend and feed upon the body, tearing out the flesh, etc. in a very bloody and gory fashion. The woman watching is right there and must keep quiet, but nearly vomits.

A woman has to smash another woman's head with a rock.

A woman falls into a pit of blood. When she surfaces, her whole body is soaked in blood.

A cave creature crawling on the ceiling, attacks a woman hanging onto a rope around her waist, uses it's finger nail to slice her throat (you can hear her gargling blood, she hangs backwards).

A woman is grabbed by a cave creature, partially yanked down a passageway, (a few of her finger nails are torn out). She is then eaten alive (we see the creature ravenously tearing away at her abdomen, she is screaming in pain -- very gory).

A woman fights a cave creature and slashes it with an ice axe, the creature flees. She is then attacked by another cave creature, she strikes it with her ice axe, hitting it several times, killing it.

A Cave creature attacks a woman, but is saved by one of her friends who hurls an ice axe into it's back. The creature screeches in pain. The woman walks up behind it and breaks it's neck, killing it.

A female cave creature attacks a woman. The woman grabs a sharp bone and punctures the creature in the eye, killing it.

A woman clubs a cave creature in the head with a bone, the strikes it in head, killing it.

A woman stabs a cave creature in the abdomen with a knife.

A woman comes face to face with a cave creature in the water, it has a knife in it's abdomen, she brings the knife deeper into it's abdomen, blood coming out of the wound and out of it's mouth, killing it.

Cave creatures surround two women, who then fight the creatures to the death. They hit and bash the creatures, one hitting a creature's head against a rock till blood sprays from it's head, another delivering a crotch kick, the tries to crush it's head with her bare hands, one of the women gouges her thumbs into a cave creature's eyes (blood spurts out), and another strikes her ice axe into the head of a cave creature (blood spurts out).

A woman is killed offscreen (you can hear her screaming fade as she dies).



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

Name-calling (selfish cow.) Use of word "Jesus" in vain ("Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain" ).


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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