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MPAA Rated R for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language

Sex & Nudity

  • A couple talks about sex
  • A "Boob Inspector" hat is shown, there are cartoon boobs on it.
  • A teenage girl flashes her boyfriend, but we see her from the back. -- PG/12
  • A teenage girl takes off her bra, preparatory to having sex, but her boyfriend blocks camera view. -- PG/12
  • Fondling through clothes, kissing, and some sexual innuendo. Also many references (a few to rape) -- 12
  • Sex/Nudity as a whole -- 12

Violence & Gore

  • Lots of squishy stabbings with lots of blood; people walk around with blood all over them (faces, hands, arms, torsos) from the stabbings and knives sticking out as they stagger around. The violence is not always graphic, but almost always onscreen. -- 15 (bloody violence)
  • Throats are slit a couple times in close-up with a small amount of blood. -- 15
  • An eviscerated corpse sits in a chair and one is shown hanging from a tree (there's some blood). -- 15
  • A bloody corpse falls onto a car windshield. -- 15
  • A teenager is crushed in a garage door and later we see her bloody body. -- 15
  • A few gunshots with some blood (once in the head). -- 15
  • A bloody knife cut on an arm and lots of hits, kicks, and punches. --15/18 borderline
  • A car crash. -- PG (no detail of injury)
  • A face slap resulting in a woman's bruised face. -- PG (comic)
  • Lots of "jump" scenes with chases, glass exploding, people jumping out. -- 15/18 (accompanied by strong threat)
  • Threatening with guns. -- PG
  • Violence as a whole -- 15


  • Over 4 sexual expletives ("fuck")
  • Many mild obscenities -- 12
  • Many scatological references -- PG
  • Anatomical references -- 12/15
  • Manners as a whole -- 15

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Teenagers drink beer at a party -- U
  • A man smokes a cigarette. -- U
  • Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking as a whole -- U

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The first 12 minutes are very frightening.
  • The film contains some strong and sustained (and sometimes sadistic) threat and menace with characters frequently being harassed and stalked by "Ghostface". In many ways, the manner in which characters are tormented before their gruesome deaths makes the violence more hard-hitting and even though some aspects of this film can be seen as comedic, the violence certainly is not. -- 15 (strong threat, terrorization)
  • Due to the graphic violence, it has been the subject of controversy for "horror movies cause real-life violence by impressionable youths". -- 18 (should be reserved for mature adults only). No it doesn't, unless your a psychopath.
  • Horror as a whole -- 15
  • MPAA/USA - Rated R for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language.
  • BBFC/UK - Rated 15 (bloody violence, horror, strong threat and language


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Sex & Nudity

  • Sidney Prescott's mother is said to have been raped 1 year before the events of the film.

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