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Sex & Nudity

  • During a scene when Grandier (Oliver Reed) and a woman discuss her pregnancy she is topless throughout.
  • There is a sequence where an order of Nun's strip, they appear in several other scenes completely naked in the background.
  • A woman with the plague is seen naked.
  • In a dream sequence a Nun makes love to Grandier (Oliver Reed) whom she fantasises is Jesus.
  • There are also various other bit of nudity and sexual conduct including implied masturbation and rape along with the mostly implied giving and recieving of enemas.

Violence & Gore

  • Victims of the plague are seen in close-up, several victims of the plague are seen being dumped into a large pit containing 100's more plague victims.
  • Wasp's are placed in jar's and then stuck onto a sick naked womans body as a 'cure'.
  • There are shots of mouldy skeletons including a close-up of a skull containing lots of maggots.
  • A man dressed as a crow is let free from a cage and then shot dead as sport by the King (Graham Armitage).
  • There are various scenes of women whipping themselves.
  • A woman self mutilates by digging her crucifix into the palm of her hand.
  • There are brief shots of Christ's crucifixion as large nails are hammered into his palms.
  • There are shots of Christ crucified with various wonds and a crown of thorns on his head.
  • There are shots of a woman after she has hanged herself.
  • There are scenes of Nun's forcibly recieving enemas.
  • As Father Grandier (Oliver Reed) crawls across a wooden platform with his broken bloodied legs Father Barre (Michael Gothard) kicks his feet so he will move faster.
  • There are shots of slaves bloodied feet.


  • Infrequent use of strong profanity.
  • Characters are heard to discuss torture, religous and sexual acts in graphic detail.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There are several graphic sequences involving the medieval torture of characters and someone is burned at the stake.
  • While the film is disturbing and intense it's not scary or frightening in a traditional sense.


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Violence & Gore

  • There are scenes of torture including Father Grandier (Oliver Reed) having a needle pierce his tongue and prolonged scenes of him having his legs broken by Father Barre (Michael Gothard) using wooden wedges.
  • Father Grandier (Oliver Reed) is tied to a wooden stake which is then set on fire, there is a long sequence as he burns to death as the film keeps comming back to him in various states of him being burnt.

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