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MPAA Rated R for disturbing violent images and some terror

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman and a man kiss each other few time in the whole movie.
  • A woman wears shorts that reveal most of her legs to the thigh, with a tank top. No nudity is shown

Violence & Gore

  • The violence is more disturbing than graphic. Most of the actual deaths are offscreen and left to the viewers imagination.
  • The film opens with full-screen Super 8 footage and we see a family of four standing under a tree with bags over their heads and nooses around their necks: each person is lifted by the nooses and strangled when a large limb on the other side of the tree is sawed off; we see this scene several times and a demonic face with black-triangle eyes and yellowed peeling skin appears.
  • We see the throats of a man, a woman and a boy being slit from ear to ear by a large knife, with substantial blood.
  • A man watches films that he found in his attic and sees families being murdered in various ways, including having their throats slit in bed, bound and gagged and burned with gasoline in a car closed up with chains, drowned when bound and gagged to chaise lounges pulled with ropes into their pool, and by hanging; a lawnmower is shown about to run over a young boy lying on the ground and the camera cuts away as the man watching runs out of the room in horror.
  • We see photos of a man, woman and two children, all dead, and with rope burns around their throats.
  • A small girl is shown swinging from the feet of a hanging man.
  • A man falls through a weak spot in his attic floor and the camera cuts to an EMT in the kitchen, wrapping the man's left calf with bandages (we see a little blood).
  • A man sees glowing green liquid in his coffee and passes out, foaming at the mouth (please see the Substance Use category for more details); when he wakes up, he finds himself and his wife and son bound and gagged.
  • A man argues briefly with a sheriff twice and argues with his wife several times, escalating shouting and cursing until it's very loud.
  • A woman argues with her son and her daughter in different scenes, screaming at them for drawing morbid pictures.
  • We hear of a serial killer and a string of murdered families several times.
  • We hear that a child is missing after a family is murdered.
  • We hear a deputy and a crime researcher discuss a case of murdered families across America and that a serial killer murdered them all from the 1950s to the late 1990s; a college professor says that the murders are part of a cult following initiation that includes blood sacrifice and the cannibalism of children's bodies and souls.
  • A girl paints a dead girl swinging from a tire swing on the hallway wall at home and in her bedroom; she also draws four stick people hanging by nooses from a tree with a demonic face on the tree trunk.


  • 2 F-words (both are faint).
  • 7 scatological terms, 6 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity and 7 religious exclamations.
  • Stereotypical references to families, children, zombies, authors, law enforcement officers, college professors, cult researchers and serial killers.
  • Name-calling (crazy, moron, sick, waste of time and circus).

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man drinks a bottle of beer with dinner.
  • In several other scenes a man drinks a glass of whiskey several times when he is in his home office and once from the whiskey bottle.
  • A man drinks a cup of coffee that contains a neon green liquid and collapses while foaming at the mouth.
  • A deputy sheriff tells a man that the man may be imagining horrors because of stress and drinking after moving to a new home.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some jumps scares, especially the video sequence with the lawnmower.
  • After the pool scene, a man with a demonic looking face rises up from the water


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

Violence & Gore

  • The movie begins with a group of young children being hung

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The movie is intense and frightening throughout, especially the murder tapes and the ending.

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