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Sex & Nudity

  • Camera pans down a showering teenage girl's body, from between the breasts, down to the navel. Shortly after, her father and brother accidentally see her nude, although nothing is shown.
  • A mild innuendo between a husband and wife.
  • A doctor observes young men for inguinal hernias, in which the young men need to drop their drawers. No Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • The faces of corpses are seen in a morgue.
  • A few animals are killed or shown dead throughout.
  • A group of people are run away from a building infested with spiders.
  • A corpse is seen in a box. (Not bloody though.)
  • A man has his toe bitten by a spider.
  • A squished spider is seen under a man's shoe.
  • Several scenes of people dying from spider bites, or their bodies after they have been sucked dry of blood. Sometimes, you see a closeup of the spider biting a person and a tiny bit of blood is shown exiting the bites.
  • A girl asks if 2 other children want to go with her and blow up a bull-frog.


  • The Lord's name is taken in vain, including "God".
  • "Hell" is said five times.
  • " Son of a Bitch" is said once.
  • "Damn" is said 15 times, and "goddamn" is said four times.
  • "Shit" is said 12 times 1 used as shitty.
  • 15 uses of damn 4 used as goddamn 1 use of my god, thank god, son of a bitch and crap 5 uses of hell 2 uses of oh my god 12 uses of shit 1 used as shitty 2 uses of god 6 uses of oh god

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The protagonist has a wine collection and also retrieves other liquors from his basement.
  • A man says he has a beer can collection.
  • A man and woman drink wine as they celebrate moving.
  • The Doctor is drinking wine with dinner. Some other wine drinking throughout.
  • It is implied that a woman has an alcohol problem as she acts somewhat drunk at a polite gathering.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Those afraid of spiders or have arachnophobia may be frightened when watching the film
  • People jump from being scared of the spiders, and may be frightening to some people.
  • The onscreen deaths and dead bodies may be intense for some viewers.


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Violence & Gore

  • A man fights off a large spider for an extended period. The spider is eventually set on fire and shot with a nail gun into an egg sac, destroying both.
  • Jerry his sleepbag on spider bites Jerry his suffers seizure and agony to death. Jerry his coffin wooden dead body arrives Jerry's corpse.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The climax with the giant spiders is very frightening.

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