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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • Absolutely no sex or nudity in the film. Totally clean movie.

Violence & Gore

  • Violence is pretty tame, and is often more scary than graphic.
  • After the characters used the ouija board, they are flung around violently by the spirits.
  • A woman shoots 3 people with a rifle offscreen.
  • This movie contains almost no violence.
  • When violence appears, the movie doesn't use it to scare or sicken.
  • A woman falls down a chair and is choked for two seconds before the scene cuts (her lips redden). This is the most violent scene in the movie.
  • A dead character is found sitting alone, staring open-mouthed. Little blood.
  • The man finds a young boy crying, chained to the floor, the man scares off a demon, picks up the boy, and he runs through a group of ghosts and back into his body (he gasps deeply).
  • Several people fend off ghosts trying to enter a house through the front door, a closet door, and a kitchen drawer (we see only a child's green hand there); they shout and scream and one of the men falls down several times, but no one is injured.
  • A boy falls off a ladder and bumps his forehead, we see no damage but the next morning he is in a coma that lasts for months; we see the boy at home in a hospital bed with a heart monitor and oxygen mask attached, along with two IV lines.
  • There are several instances of a large bloody hand print with pointy claws on a sheet. In one scene, we see two hand marks pressed on a window from outside and the window cracks.


  • Fuck is said verbally once, while being put on paper several times.
  • "Fuck", "shit", "bitch", and "whore" are seen on paper but never said. This is very brief since the camera is constantly moving around, and easy to miss.
  • Infrequent strong language.
  • 1 F-word, 1 sexual reference, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stressed, nut-jobs, parasite, bad guy, dog and pony show).
  • Stereotypical references to aging and older people, young mothers, children, priests, churchgoers, sci-fi geeks, ghost hunters, psychics, supernatural worlds, ghosts, demons, 8 religious exclamations.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Brief very mild reference.
  • Technicians explain to a family that leaking electricity from their old house fixtures can cause visual and auditory hallucinations, just like a drug.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The appearance of the doll girls may be quite frightening to some viewers
  • The scariest scene in the movie is when a woman has a dream and sees a demon standing by a boy's bed. The demon then appears behind a man.
  • The devil man's dance can be intense
  • There is an infamous jumpscare that is incredibly startling and creepy.
  • Many consider it as one of the scariest movies of all time.
  • The film is more creepy and scary than violent
  • The whole movie is centered around how a demon/monster is trying to possess a child.
  • A Red-Faced Demon is shown sharpening his claws, with some freaky music playing. Not disturbing, but very scary.
  • When the Red-Faced Demon is present, is definitely a scary and hardcore scene, somehow bloody in mild ways.
  • There are some "Jump Scenes".
  • The "Tip-Toe Through The Tulips" or as you may call it, the bad guys' song, is quite disturbing and freaky
  • One jump scene depicts a woman getting a demonic face.


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

Violence & Gore

  • While possessed by a spirit, a man strangles a woman to death while screaming at her. This is an intense scene because it is very unexpected.


  • While the Paranormal Hunter tries to speak to the boy that is taken from the demon, he has thoughts from the demon that are very vulgar and inappropriate. Fuck, Bitch, and Shit are all used. Some other mild profanities. This scene of the movie has the most profanity.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending is very scary and disturbing.
  • Very scary pictures of Josh and the Old Woman are seen
  • One of the jump scenes shows a very scary-looking red-faced demon with a striking resemblance to Darth Maul from "Star Wars", appearing suddenly behind one of the characters, this is one of the scariest moments in the film.
  • In the beggining of the film, in the titles, something is seen moving in every shot (scary).

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