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MPAA Rated R for strong violence/gore, sexuality/nudity and language

Sex & Nudity

  • Some sexual themes, almost no nudity.
  • A woman in sacrificial garb is naked in the unedited version though scantily clad in the edited version.
  • The mermaid in Paul's dream is topless (though this is not explicit in the edited version).

Violence & Gore

  • A man gets his throat slit by the leader of a sect.
  • A man is skinned alive. EXTREMELY gruesome.
  • Several people are stabbed to death.
  • A man covers himself in kerosene and lights himself on fire.


  • A few uses of S-- and F--- word as well as Damn and Hell.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is a little civilized drinking and Barbara smokes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A central premise of the film is that humans are mating with undersea creatures producing the Deep Ones, half-human hybrid fish-frog people.
  • There are many intense scenes in this movie.
  • The entire film was shot to be intimidating and frightening in just the town itself, never mind the happenings in it.
  • There is an implied offscreen rape.
  • Human skin leather is seen in a warehouse and worn as masks.
  • There are several suicides.
  • There is an implied incest relationship.
  • There is a lot of cult and occult activity in this film.
  • The town is full of monstrous fish-men a lot creepier than the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • The edited version is not so bad.


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Sex & Nudity

  • The exotic lady that he meets in the mansion, as you would expect, after the vigorous kissing, he takes off her blouse, exposing her breasts and also gigantic gills in her chest

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