The Black Cauldron (1985) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG for some scary images

Sex & Nudity

  • A dog rips a man's pants, revealing some of his undergarments. It's merged shortly after
  • Minor sensuality: A large, buxom gypsy woman is briefly seen dancing seductively on a table for the Horned King's drunken soldiers.
  • One of the witches tries to seduce Fflewddur by prowling on top of him. After Fflewddur is turned into a frog, there's a rather comical moment where he gets stuck in the buxom witch's cleavage.
  • Taran and Eilonwy kiss.

Violence & Gore

  • A witch turns a man into a toad and tries to eat him
  • Men throw weapons at a boy and girl, but they don't get hit
  • Fantasy violence throughout
  • A pig is threatened to be killed if a character doesn't cooperate. A character holds a flaming coal towards it, then puts it on a bloodied chopping block. The pig's keeper is able to cooperate and the pig is spared right before it gets killed.
  • Taran has some blood running from his mouth when chasing after Hen Wen.
  • Taran duels using the magic sword with several soldiers, the sword obliterates their weapons into shreds of metal and wood.
  • The Horned King resurrects dead soldiers using the black cauldron and they massacre several living soldiers off-screen and we see Taran, Eilonwy, and Fflewdder react to this.
  • In a deleted scene, the Cauldron Born kills one of the Horned King's soldiers and the soldier's body is dissolved by mist.
  • The dead soldiers start to decompose when the cauldron is corrupted.


  • None, aside from some minor name-calling.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • We see a party scene in the Horned King's castle with many of his soldiers consuming ale and behaving in various states of intoxication.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Horned King, and his dragons appear very demonic.
  • The dragons chase and terrorize Hen Wen in one sequence that's rather suspenseful.
  • The dead soldiers appear as living skeletons and are rather ghastly.


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Violence & Gore

  • Taran and the Horned King duel and the Horned King gets sucked into the cauldron and disintegrates. This mostly comprises of his flesh and cloak being torn from his bones in a tornado before being dumped in the cauldron, with fire and lightning striking through him. This is all animated, but still very frightening.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • One scene features the Horned King bleeding out of his mouth the scene is censored on Disney+ but the scene is left unedited on the Blu-ray, DVD, and VHS versions of the film.
  • Near the end of the film zombie skeletons fall on top of each other and bleed out the scene is pretty scary.
  • Gurgi sacrifices himself to the cauldron at the end of the film, but is later resurrected.
  • The Horned King's death is rather frightening, as he's torn to shreds very graphically by the cauldron, complete with lots of blood seen everywhere, with his flesh melting and his body twitching very violently before it explodes.

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