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Sex & Nudity


There is no nudity. However there are some scenes of Lingerie, and passionate kissing. There is also some adult dialogue and some adult situations.

When Barnabas awakens in the 1970s, he once again meets the ageless Angelique who cursed him. They make crude sexual remarks to one another, and Angelique does a suggestive dance around a room, reminding Barnabas of the moves and positions they did during their affair. She slides her bottom across piano keys, and sprawls on a sofa.

The two eventually recover their lost spark when Barnabas goes to meet Angelique in her office. She takes off her blouse, revealing her cleavage in lingerie. She lies down on a couch and spreads her legs. Barnabas eagerly weaves between them and the two begin to kiss. A supernatural sex scene ensues. The two fly around the room, groping, writhing, moaning, and thrusting in mid-air while smashing into walls, windows, tables, chairs, and eventually all the way in to the ceiling. Their long fingernails passionately claw at wallpaper and other fabrics as they writhe sensually. Barnabas says it is the last time he will ever give himself to Anqelique, and he keeps that promise.

Dr. Julia Hoffman, the family psychiatrist, works with Barnabas in a blood transfusion experiment. After Barnabas absent-mindedly calls her "beautiful," she asks if he trusts the secrecy in a patient-doctor relationship. He says he does, and she moves her head down toward his waist as the scene cuts, implying oral sex.

Roger (David's father) has implied sex with a woman in a coat room while he has David (unknowingly) guard the door. We see him and the woman kissing and caressing on a couch, clothed.

Innuendoes, one-liners and such fill the script. David says Carolyn "touches herself" and "Makes noises like a kitten." Angelique wears revaling outfits and makes Barnabas touch her clothed breasts as she slides a hand toward his crotch.

Violence & Gore


Two persons were killed by a fallen statue (off-screen but we hear thump).

When Barnabas is awakened he kills all the construction workers that dug him up, vampire violence and blood is seen.

When Barnabas transforms into a vampire he has blood coming out of his eyes.

Barnabas is at a campfire with some hippies who he ends up killing, the deaths are off screen but screaming can be heard.

Barnabas, when he figures out that Julia is stealing his blood, kills her, bragging he can drain a man of blood in 7 and a half seconds. He bites her neck (we don't see the bite in detail) as blood is sucked out of a transfusion pouch connected to Julia's arm.

In the final battle, we see Angelique pelted by a shotgun (no blood) as her body breaks apart like glass. She pulls out her own heart as it crumbles.

Barnabas and Josette are seen falling from a cliff, we see the bodies hit the rocks below and a hard crunch is heard.

A woman shoots geyser of vomit (comical scene) from her mouth at a man.



5 shits, 4 anatomical terms.

Hippies pass around a marijuana joint.


When Barnabas transforms into a vampire, he goes white, his fingers and teeth grow and blood comes out of his eyes, this my frighten younger children.

Victoria, as a young girl, is treated with electric shock therapy

This movie has a dark, gothic vibe throughout the whole film. Especially because it's made by Tim Burton


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Rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking
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