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MPAA Rated R for strong bloody horror violence and gore, language, drug use and some sexuality/nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • Dana is often referred to as the Virgin. It is a reference to who she would be in a generic horror movie
  • Breasts are seen in one part. but only for about 2 seconds.
  • Scene involving implied sex.
  • A brief sex scene between the "jock" and the "blonde".
  • A woman is shown wearing a shirt and underwear though a two-way mirror.
  • A woman is shown taking her blouse off in front of a mirror, revealing her bra. No nudity is shown.
  • While under the influence of a drug, a young woman dances suggestively wearing shorts. Then, to fulfill a dare, she has to kiss a mounted wolf head. (She is fully clothed.)
  • There are a few more sexual references in conversation.

Violence & Gore

  • A oil painting is shown of people killing a goat. They are stabbing it with knives.
  • A zombie corpse lays on the ground. There is a lot of blood.
  • A team of armed men are killed by an assortment of creatures. This is bloody but fast paced.
  • The film is violent, but not in a scary way.
  • A number of people get killed by creatures.
  • Many creatures fight with people and blood is seen on the walls and floor.
  • A man blows himself up to save others. This is bloody but brief.


  • There are approximately 25 to 30 uses of the f-word. There are also a few other profane words used.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Marty uses a bong as a weapon
  • A car is shown with smoke coming out of it (most likely from marijuana). The driver uses a bong.
  • A main character rolls up marijuana cigarettes.
  • The main characters are shown drinking alcohol and one smokes marijuana.
  • Two main characters are briefly smoking marijuana.
  • We see Marty smoking marijuana. This is extremely brief.
  • Marty is the stereotypical pot head and his "high" moments are meant to be comical.
  • A group of adults drink alcohol at a party.
  • In the final scene, two main characters are smoking marijuana.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This film is also a comedy, so the deaths are not supposed to be taken seriously.
  • There are some jump scares.
  • There are many frightening creatures shown throughout the movie (Zombies, werewolves, spiders, deformed and mangled humanoids, etc.).


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

Violence & Gore

  • A man is stabbed by a unicorn.
  • A woman is stabbed in the hand. Not crazy graphic, but bloody.
  • A man, Curt, is stabbed in the back.
  • A woman, Jules is killed by having her throat slit. This is off camera, and no aftermath is shown.
  • A zombie covered in blood throws the head of Jules at Dana. This is bloody, but comedic.
  • A zombie kills Marty by stabbing him. This is offscreen.
  • Holden is killed by Dana via stabbing.
  • Curt crashes into an invisible wall.
  • Holden, is stabbed by a spike.
  • A Merman eats Hadley. The Merman sprays blood out of his blowhole. This scene is comedic.
  • Lin gets taken by a huge creature with tentacles.
  • Dana (inadvertently) stabs Sitterson with a knife.
  • Dana is attacked by a werewolf. Blood is seen on her shoulder.
  • The Director gets hit in the head with an ax. Brief.
  • A huge hand comes out of the ground killing Dana and Marty.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending is that the world will be destroyed by 'the ancient ones.' You see a hand come out of the ground but nothing else.
  • The film is mostly comedic but has a lot of the comedy come from scenes that would usually be scary especially the ending
  • The last 20 minutes of this movie are gory, however, it is shown in a comedic way.

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