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MPAA Rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking

Sex & Nudity

  • A man says to a teenage girl, "when did they start woman of the night come here?" She responds saying she thinks he called her a hooker.
  • A little boy says that a teenage girl touches her self and "makes noises like a kitten"
  • A woman exposes her cleavage as a reason why a man should rekindle their relationship. He replies "oh yes they haven't aged a day" and reaches out for her breast
  • While there is no explicit sex scenes or nudity. Some scenes are supposed to have strong sexual undertones which may be inappropriate for younger viewers who are old enough to pick up on them
  • Angie subtly removes her lace panties and shoves them into Barnabas' mouth to keep him quiet
  • At the 1:01:20 mark, there is a reference to oral sex as the doctor appears to go down on Barnabas Collins. Nothing is shown, only implied.
  • A kissing scene takes place in a room with two lead characters, it is played for laughs as both characters are shown flying around the room, smashing into things, they are both clothed, no nudity is seen.
  • A man is seen making out with a woman briefly, later another man is shown making out with another woman in a dressing room, no nudity.
  • After a man compliments a woman, oral sex is implied

Violence & Gore

  • Two persons were killed by a fallen statue (off-screen but we hear thump).
  • When Barnabas is awakened he kills all the construction workers that dug him up, vampire violence and blood is seen.
  • When Barnabas transforms into a vampire he has blood coming out of his eyes.
  • Barnabas is at a campfire with some hippies who he ends up killing, the deaths are off screen but screaming can be heard.
  • Barnabas, when he figures out that Julia is stealing his blood, kills her, bragging he can drain a man of blood in 7 and a half seconds. He bites her neck (we don't see the bite in detail) as blood is sucked out of a transfusion pouch connected to Julia's arm.
  • Barnabas and Josette are seen falling from a cliff, we see the bodies hit the rocks below and a hard crunch is heard.
  • A woman shoots geyser of vomit (comical scene) from her mouth at a man.


  • The word bastard is said near the end
  • 5 shits, 4 anatomical terms.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Hippies pass around a marijuana joint.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • When Barnabas transforms into a vampire, he goes white, his fingers and teeth grow and blood comes out of his eyes.
  • This movie has a dark, gothic vibe throughout the whole film.


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

Violence & Gore

  • In the final battle, we see Angelique pelted by a shotgun (no blood) as her body breaks apart like glass. She pulls out her own heart as it crumbles.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • When Victoria returns to her room, she sees a person with a sheet over their head who she assumes is the boy playing tricks. She approaches and removes the sheet and it's an actual ghost of a drowned woman.
  • Victoria, as a young girl, is treated with electric shock therapy

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