The NeverEnding Story (1984) Poster

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Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • When Bastian runs into some bullies, they chase him down an alley and throw him into a garbage dumpster.
  • A knight in armor is "zapped" by the golden sphynxes. His charred face is later shown up close on camera.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The appearance of G'mork is very horrifying and scary for a lot of viewers. He has green eyes and very sharp teeth and growls and roars like a wolf and speaks in a menacing, throaty whisper.
  • The film's major plot centers around an unknown force that is slowly destroying the world. As such, the film is very dark and could be emotionally upsetting.
  • A taxidermy wolf head drops down above a boy in one of the scariest sequences. While the wolf has a menacing appearance, the boy remains unharmed.
  • The fantastic ambient goes darker and more philosophically dense towards the end of the film.
  • Bastian being bullied at the start may be upsetting for kids who are going through that.
  • Animal death scene, when Artax drowns in the swamps. May be upsetting to children. ( He comes back to life at the end)
  • We see a knight getting killed by a statue that shoots a laser at him. Then when Atreyu comes near, the knight's helmet cracks open, showing us a glimpse of his charred skull.
  • The appearance of G'mork is very frightening.
  • Atreyu's confrontation with G'mork near the end is very intense, especially when Atreyu dramatically challenges G'mork to fight him. There is also a lot of blood when Atreyu stabs him.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Blood is shown when Atreyu fights and defeats G'mork.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The horse getting absorbed in the goop may be emotional and upsetting and the boy crying after reading that part of the story may be terrifying to those who don't like serious facial expressions.

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