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MPAA Rated R for grisly afterviews of horrific and bizarre killings, and for strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • Several references to rape are covered during the movie.
  • A photo of a man, wearing a strap-on with a large sharp blade (where is penis would be). This photo is shown twice.
  • Two characters kiss while in bed. This is brief and not sexual.
  • A character says "masturbating in your own feces."
  • Lust is one of the 7 deadly sins utilized by the killer.
  • Towards the beginning of the movie, a dead obese man is seen on an autopsy table. His genitals can be briefly seen for about two seconds.
  • The detectives go into an S&M club where they find a man dead on a bed in a fetish attire. It's implied that his penis was mutilated by the S&M contraption and bled out.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman is seen with her nose cut off with blood all over her.
  • Brutal torture is discussed in disturbing detail. Also, the aftermath of the horrific killings is shown. Very disturbing.
  • Although all nearly all the violence is offscreen, its description is incredibly detailed and graphic.
  • We mostly only see the aftermath of the kills throughout the film. But they are still equally disturbing
  • A man is found lying on the floor of his apartment dead underneath a pool of blood.


  • Most of the swearing happens in the second half of the movie.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People are seen smoking and drinking.
  • Wine is shown during a dinner table scene

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending is intense. It comes out of nowhere.
  • The film has an exceptionally dark theme, story and tone. It challenges its character's and audiences morality by asking if there is any real value of human life in the modern world.
  • Some people consider this a horror movie
  • The deaths may be seen as frightening or intense. There is a jump scene with one of the deaths.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A conversation about a man killing a hooker by wearing a strap-on with a blade.

Violence & Gore

  • Dead body shown explicitly
  • An obese man is forced to eat for 12 hours, at which point he becomes unconscious. The killer then kicks the man in the stomach, which ruptures internally. This event isn't shown, but is later explained.
  • A man is tied to his own bed for a year, and is kept alive via IV. This is shown as a jump scare when a police officer shines a light in his face presuming he is dead, only for the man to start coughing violently, it is later mentioned that he swallowed his own tongue long time Ago (off screen).
  • A model's nose is cut off. A man then glues a phone to one hand so she could call for help, and a bottle of medication so he could put herself out of her misery. She chooses to put herself out of her misery by ingesting the medication. This isn't shown, but is later described.
  • A man admits to killing a pregnant woman by cutting her head off. The head is placed in a box, and the box is shown, but not the head.
  • A man shoots another man, minimal blood. The scene is also shown from very far away.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A visibly shaken man is questioned by police when they discover he was forced to kill a prostitute by using a specially modified harness that uses a blade as a penetrative device. He is in visible shock and anguish, and some viewers may find this sad or frightening.
  • A main character finds out his wife's been killed and gets her head delivered to him. He then shoots his wife's killer in the head. This scene in particular is very intense and viewers might get anxious.
  • Character finds in literature images of self-mutilation, organ extraction to himself, etc. Fragments stand out from the text: "...opened up his windpipe...", "To tear his flesh..." and " children slain!". At the same time another character studies photographs of the body of a man who was forced to do what is ilustrated in literature on himself. Very disturbing.

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