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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 demon tries to sexually assault a woman.

Pretty much nothing other than some unintentionally, mildly revealing clothes.

One woman in two scenes wears a scoop neck top that reveals cleavage.

Violence & Gore


This movie doesn't use violence to scare or sicken.

A woman is slammed once into a chair and choked for a few seconds before the scene cuts (her lips redden). This is the most violent scene in the movie.

A dead character is found sitting alone, staring open-mouthed. Little blood.

The man finds a young boy crying, chained to the floor, the man fights off a demon, picks up the boy, and he runs through a group of ghosts and back into his body (he gasps deeply).

Several people fend off ghosts trying to enter a house through the front door, a closet door, and a kitchen drawer (we see only a child's green hand there); they shout and scream and one of the men falls down several times, but no one is injured.

A boy falls off a ladder and bumps his forehead, we see no damage but the next morning he is in a coma that lasts for months; we see the boy at home in a hospital bed with a heart monitor and oxygen mask attached, along with two IV lines.

There are several instances of a large bloody hand print with pointy claws on a sheet. In one scene, we see two hand marks pressed on a window from outside and the window cracks.



3 F-words (1 of them written), 1 sexual reference, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stressed, nut-jobs, parasite, bad guy, dog and pony show.)

Stereotypical references to aging and older people, young mothers, children, priests, churchgoers, sci-fi geeks, ghost hunters, psychics, supernatural worlds, ghosts, demons, 8 religious exclamations.


Technicians explain to a family that leaking electricity from their old house fixtures can cause visual and auditory hallucinations, just like a drug.


Many jump scenes, and the atmosphere is constantly intense.

A man is hypnotized to leave his body and enter a netherworld of darkness and mists, we see his body fidget and shudder in his chair several times and we see him in the other world fighting ghosts and demons.

A sance is held in darkness, while a woman wears a large gasmask attached to a man with a hose and he listens and writes as she whispers words from "the other side":

Light bulbs flash and things pop and slam as the woman shakes and finally passes out; the words written on the paper include obscenities and a plea for help.

A comatose boy stands at a table, slaps his hand on it, making furniture and people fly and two men take many pictures of the melee and we later see ghosts in the pictures, standing beside humans.

A man shouts at the ghost of an old woman at a window (she's peering in at him) to leave him alone; she slides back and disappears.

We see a tall black shadow with a red forehead and nose and black claws point at a child in a bed.

A shadow appears in a bedroom in the beginning.

Two times in this movie, the camera (filming the movie) zooms into an open window in a bedroom (at nighttime) and we hear a creepy sound and slightly see a dark face in the garden.

Macabre faces appear and peer into the windows of an old house:

Four times we see the face of a humanoid entity with yellow eyes, red forehead, nose and chin, white pointy teeth and black horns.

We see a humanoid entity with black tattoo lines over its face as it sticks out a long red tongue and sharpens the claws of its hands on an electric grindstone; its chest and arms have long, thick fur and it has goat hooves for feet.

We see parents and two teen girls looking like wax figures, and one girl stands in front of the other three seated on a couch (the three look dead although we see no wounds) and the girl holds a shotgun and grins.

We see images of people walking slowly in a group with outstretched hands, grasping for a man that walks between them.

We see images of people stream out of a closet and into a boy's bedroom where a man and a woman scream and slam them back into the closet.

We see photographs in which ghosts appear reflected in windows and a car windshield or are actually standing beside humans.

A psychic describes what she sees on the ceiling of a room and a man shows a sketch of it (we see a drawing of a black and red shadow).

Macabre music plays frequently in the background of the film and we see many unexplained human-like shadows and hear distant noises.

We hear noises that include humans and violins screeching, female screams, various snarls and howls, grunts and male shouts, whistling, muffled pop music, heavy breathing like that of a wolf, creaking and door slamming.

We see the sick room of a comatose boy after it is ransacked and destroyed off screen -- the furniture is broken and the boy is lying on the floor unconscious with a red hand and claw print on what is left of a sheet.

A woman talks about spirits that try to take over human bodies and that spirits can smell an empty body and the worst kind possess a body in order to hurt other people.

A boy draws several crayon pictures of a black humanoid figure with an eyeless red face and black horns.

The whole movie is centered around how a demon/monster are trying to possess a child.

A Red-Faced Demon is shown sharpening his claws, with some freaky music playing.

The "Other World" scenes are consistently intense, and feature disturbing ghosts.

There is a scene in which Josh and Renai see photos of little Josh. A ghost always appears in them. This could be particularly unsettling.

The song "Tip-Toe Through The Tulips" or as you may call it, the bad guys' song, can be disturbing and freaky, but once you learn that this is an old, good song, sung by a musician long time ago, this song gets less freaky and more good and classic.

One of the jump scenes shows a red-faced demon appearing suddenly behind one of the characters, this is one of the scariest moments in the film.

In the beginning of the film, in the titles, something is seen moving in every shot.

The movie is shot in a very dark manner throughout (Just like James Wan's other movies like Saw)

A figure of a boy with a hat is dancing to "Tip-Toe through the tulips" which is creepy. A women later sees the boy running across the room up close and into a drawer opener.

Total: 25/50

Not for easily scared people. Should be okay with 13+ but if your child is scared very easily, I wouldn't recommend this for kids under 15.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:14 (original rating) / Brazil:12 (re-rating on appeal) / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / France:12 / Germany:16 / Iceland:16 / India:U/A / Ireland:16 / Ireland:18 (DVD rating) / Italy:T / Malaysia:PG-13 / Mexico:B / Netherlands:16 / Philippines:R-13 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:12 / Spain:16 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / Thailand:15 / UK:15 / USA:PG-13 (certificate #46622)

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