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Sex & Nudity

  • A man gets aroused watching a woman on a VHS tape in her swimwear (bikini). He stares at a woman next to him, in a sexual manner. The woman then leans over to kiss the man. The following scene then shows them in bed. This scene is of a sexual nature, however they are both clothed. This lasts only about a minute or so, where it then shows them sleeping/lying in bed, and the man is shirtless.
  • Several implied sex scenes (no nudity at all)

Violence & Gore

  • A man is strapped to a wheelchair and then set on fire. He is shown rolling down a parking lot ramp. The scene is unexpected and one of the most disturbing violent scenes in the film.
  • A bloody murder scene and corresponding pictures
  • A man is shot offscreen.
  • Some cops are shot with bloody results.


  • 4 "f" words and other language

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • some smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film has a very disturbing and unsettling atmosphere and soundtrack
  • A man enters the mindset of a killer. In one scene which some may find frightening, is when he imagines one of the murdered victims, and her eyes and mouth, are glowing white.
  • The film has no jump scares or pop ups, however there is one scene in which a smash cut of flashing images of the murderer victims are displayed. This only lasts a few seconds, but is graphic.
  • The bloody aftermath of a family with young children slaughtered in their home can be very unsettling.


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

Violence & Gore

  • The killer is shot several times with blood spraying on the wall and floor behind him.
  • It is implied the Tooth Fairy bites Lounds on the mouth (we hear him scream from outside a house).
  • The killer cuts Graham, drawing blood.

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