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MPAA Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language

Sex & Nudity

  • Leigh Whannell and Caitlin Gerard share a brief kiss in the last.
  • Spec and Tucker are a couple of geeky guys who make awkward, sometimes leering advances toward Elise's two nieces.
  • Spec eventually becomes friendly enough with one of the young women, Imogene, to give her a kiss
  • Both of Elise's nieces wear somewhat low-cut tops.
  • We also see a woman being held captive in a locked room who's wearing nothing but a dirty slip that covers her torso.
  • Other female-looking spirits are dressed similarly.

Violence & Gore

  • There is some blood in this film.
  • There are a few intense scenes, but not anything to worry too much about.
  • A gun-wielding assailant gets hit from behind with a club; when he falls to the ground, a heavy bookshelf is pushed over on him-crushing his head and leaving him in a pool of blood.
  • This is the only truly bloody moment in this PG-13 film. But hardly the only violent one.
  • We see many other painful looking, if bloodless, assaults throughout the balance of the film.
  • Characters are thrown long distances, pummeled forcefully and impaled by sharp objects.
  • A demon, for instance, has a broken cane jammed into its face.
  • And we see a man beat a young woman to death with his cane
  • The prone girl's body is just outside the view of the camera.
  • Elise's father lashes her across the back with his cane when she's just a young girl.
  • We later see numerous scars and lash marks on her adult back.
  • "I don't have memories of that place," she says. "I have scars."
  • Someone with a wire wrapped around her throat is forcefully hoisted up and strangled to death by an unseen force.
  • A woman is slammed forcefully into a basement wall as well.
  • As she tries to escape, a demonic creature crawls to her, straddles her chest, drives a key into her throat to silence her cries, then cuts open her chest and drives another key into her heart.
  • Later, something similar is done to another character.
  • A young woman is found bruised, bleeding and locked up in chains in a dungeon-like room.
  • The lights dim in Elise's childhood home when the nearby prison "fries someone" with an electrocuting charge.
  • Elise's brother, Christian, accuses her, "You abandoned me to a real monster, our father."
  • One f-word and one or two uses of "h---" join two exclamations of "oh my god!"


  • 1 F-word
  • One f-word and one or two uses of "h---" join two exclamations of "oh my god!"
  • The profanity in the Insidious movies are extremely limited, and usually are only for a lasting impact on the viewer.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some drinking, but rarely.
  • Elise's father and Mr. Garza both appear to be heavy drinkers who swig glasses of booze or bottles of beer in an effort to dull the daily pain of life

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There are plenty of 'jumpy' moments throughout the movie, similar to the previous Insidious movies.
  • A father punishes his child early on in the movie by whipping her. It is a brief scene but quite intense for some.
  • While Elise is being interrogated, she is looking down at the floor, flashing back to her childhood horrors, when she looks up and sees a vision of her dead neice with her eyes missing and a chain around her neck, screaming.


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Violence & Gore

  • In the international trailer, a man gets hit by a door and falls. A cabinet falls about to kill the man
  • A young girl is hit in the back with a cane by her father. She screams in pain

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