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Sex & Nudity

  • A sex scene lasting about a minute. The side of a breast is shown. No male nudity.
  • One man is stripped completely naked and his butt is shown for extended time as well as his thick bushy pubic hair and glimpses of his penis. He is shown from all angles including spread eagle upside down.
  • The tribal men have only their buttocks in full view, lots of butts, especially at the rear end of the movie, but their genitals are covered.

Violence & Gore

  • It is said that a man will get hanged.
  • The film contains some scenes of violence involving brutal killings of the Sheriff's rescue troupe by the savage tribe. These are mostly concentrated towards the second half of the film, with bloodletting and impact of violence shown.
  • Other scenes of violence in the film include a man's hand (mostly fingers) being cut off when a savage swings an axe at him, then dismembering him, leaving bloody stumps, as well as a man cutting into a dead man's throat with a dagger and digging into it with his bare hands to dislodge an embedded object. A man is beheaded after multiple swings of a bone axe. The first swing shows a bloody wound, and the next decapitates him, showing a bloody stump where his head was.
  • There are also some gory depictions of disemboweled victims.
  • Other 'milder' depictions of violence include, but are not limited to: Several men have their throats slit; A man's head being bashed with a rock with bloody results. A man having been shot with an arrow and seeing his organs and/or spine ripped out of his chest by hand; a man getting shot in the leg with bloodletting visible; A prolonged disturbing scene of a bullet being surgically removed; 2 men being shot with moderate bloodletting; A man getting shot (with somewhat bloody results) whilst attempting to stab another man to death while he sleeps.
  • The briefest sequences of violence include, but are not limited to: More men are shot with bullets and by arrows; A man's hand nearly gets severed off during an ambush; A man getting shot in the wrist by an arrow with little bloodletting; A man being choked, and while gasping for air, gets a large animal bone inserted into his mouth before being knocked unconscious; 2 Indians are shot, whereby one of them is shown to have a sound producing instrument inserted into his larynx, sequence afterwards is shown above as the 'embedded object'; another Indian getting shot with little to no blood visible; A brief scene of a man's stomach getting cut open, and a flask that has been sitting on hot coals gets inserted into his wound; Several more unknown men get shot with little bloodletting.


  • There are typical utterances of mild language such as 'hell', 'goddamn', and 'sh*t', uttered by the main characters out of pain, suffering, and anger/frustration.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Tincture of opium is frequently used both for medicinal and homicidal purposes.
  • Occasional smoking and drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The troglodytes are shown as disturbing cannibals with physically intimidating features. They emit a frightening howl thanks to special instruments inserted into their necks.
  • See the violence/gore section for the extent of the frightening scenes, most of the scary scenes are the ones with the most violence.
  • Not many, if any, jump scares.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A character get stripped nude.
  • At the end of the movie 2 women are shown nude laying down. All you see are their bare breast.
  • Spoiler: In the last few moments of the movie, the characters walk upon two tribal women who are pregnant and laying on their side with limbs cut off and posts in their eyes - supposedly topless but they are covered in thick gray ash and no details are shown.
  • A man is also forcibly stripped naked. His buttocks are visible for a prolonged period and genitalia briefly exposed. The tribal men strip this man, violently naked, his butt in full view. He then sits facing the sheriff, with genitals in the shadows, but still visible if you are looking close. The tribal men do this in preparation to eat the man. See violence/gore for more on this scene.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is scalped, stripped naked, then held upside down, butt facing the camera, and the tribal men proceed to chop and hack at his genitals with a bone tomahawk. He is still alive as they chop and hack, initially there is no visible impact, it is just behind what we can see, we just see his butt as the axe falls just beyond it. Then the tribal men pull him apart, completely in two, from butt crack to neck, his insides spill all over the floor. Very gory, very, very disturbing.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Nick's death (at the hands of the cannibals) is particularly haunting. He is first slowly scalped, then forced to swallow his scalp, and then is brutally cut in half. All while he is still awake and screaming.

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