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MPAA Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking

Sex & Nudity

  • A party is briefly referred to as a circle jerk
  • In the beginning my a girl says she "hates all of that torture porn sh*t" (referring to horror films)
  • A teenage girl tells a boy to make a move. They begin to kiss before being interrupted.
  • Some scenes of teenagers kissing passionately.
  • A teenager girl is wearing a bra for a minute. (No nudity is shown)
  • A young woman is show removing her robe. Nothing is shown but her bare back.
  • Several brief sexual remarks between teenagers.

Violence & Gore

  • A teenage boy is shot through his pants directly in his penis.
  • Large amounts of knife related deaths, stabbings and blood splattering. Most deaths are very bloody and graphic.
  • Definitely the most violent and graphic Scream film to date.
  • Two teenage girls are stalked by an unknown man. One is stabbed in the chest and dies almost instantly and the other has her throat slashed and dies very slowly. We see a lot of blood on both girls.
  • A teenage girls stabs another in the stomach. We see her twist the knife around before stabbing her again.
  • A teenage girl is thrown through a window. We see a stab wound and blood covering her torso.
  • A teenage girl is chased through her house by a masked killer. She is stabbed in the back and thrown down a flight of stairs. The killer then closes a garage door on her back and we hear a crunching noise. Blood is seen.
  • A woman is stabbed in the shoulder.
  • A teenage boy is stabbed in the stomach, he is then stabbed in the back and then once more in the chest until blood gushes around his wounds, he collapses before the other characters covered in his own blood.
  • A teenage boy is shot in the crotch and screams in pain. He is then shot in the head. Blood sprays.
  • A woman is stabbed in the back through the mail slot in a door. Blood pours from her mouth.
  • A teenage girl hits a man in the head with a bed pan.
  • A woman electrocutes a girl using crash cart paddles on her head.
  • A man is stabbed in the back.
  • A man is stabbed in the forehead. Blood pours profusely from his wound and see him thrashing for several seconds before he dies. Graphic.


  • About 37 uses of "fuck" and its derivatives.
  • 2 obscene hand gestures.
  • 7 sexual references.
  • 20 scatological terms.
  • 12 mild anatomical terms.
  • 17 mild obscenities.
  • 1 religious profanity
  • 17 religious exclamations.
  • Some mild name-calling.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Teenagers are seen drinking at a barn party to the point of inebriation.
  • A teenage boy is seen drunk. We see him stumbling and slurring his speech while he records himself.
  • A teenage girl says that she will "drink for" her friend who couldn't make it to a party.
  • Two teenage boys instruct a group of other teenagers on how to play a drinking game.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Ghosface killer in this film is very menacing and creepy, often pops out of shadows in jumpscares.
  • Intense and disturbing death scenes throughout.
  • Several jump scares.
  • The climax of the film is intense. Several main characters' lives are put at risk.
  • Although many scenes are intense and gory, there is also a comedic approach to the film.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A teenage girl unties a teenage boy. He then stands up and stabs her twice in the stomach. She falls to the ground.
  • A woman is stalked in a parking garage and after attempting to run away to a nearby door, she breaks the handle and is immediately stabbed in the stomach. This is a drawn out moment as we see the knife retracted with pouring blood. She is later thrown from a roof onto a news van.
  • A woman is shot. We later learn that she is wearing a bulletproof vest.
  • A teenage girl is stabbed in the shoulder, then she is stabbed through the hand, and briefly tries to escape the killer but is stabbed again in the lower back. She is then thrown onto her bed (now covered in blood) and stabbed repeatedly in the stomach while blood is seen splattering all over the walls. She is then picked up soaked in blood and is thrown through a window to showcase her death to her friends next door. Later she is shown to have her intestines ripped out in a pile in front of her corpse. Extremely brutal and violent.
  • A teenage girl tries to stage a murder scene. She stabs herself, rips out her own hair, runs into a glass frame hanging on a wall, and falls onto a glass table in order to make herself look like a victim.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Ghostface killer, Jill Roberts, is a complete psychopath who relishes in murdering innocents for fun. She's easily the craziest killer so far, which might disturb and frighten some.
  • One scene in particular involves a girl who's intestines are spilled out. This is the most graphic scene in the entire film.

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