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The Cabin in the Woods [2012] [R] - 6.9.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Several friends head to a remote cabin for a weekend of partying but shortly after they arrive strange noises and occurrences put them on their guard. Then one by one they begin to get killed. With Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Jules Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White and Amy Acker. Directed by Drew Goddard. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A young man and a young woman kiss, they lie on the ground, another man watching them saying "Let's see some boobies" and the young man removes the young woman's shorts and then bites at her panties as she moans; she takes off her top (we see her bare breasts) and they kiss.
 A young man and a young woman run through dark woods, they kiss, the young man tries to remove the young woman's top while other men watch them on a large video screen, and she pulls away and continues to run.
 Young men and young women play "truth or dare" and one young woman is dared to kiss a stuffed wolf head hanging on the wall; the young woman approaches the head, she speaks to it seductively, she caresses it, kisses it and touches its large teeth with her tongue. A young man and a young woman kiss. A young woman kisses a young man on the cheek.
 During the opening sequence we see puddles of blood interspersed with etchings of nude, dead bodies (we see bare chests and legs, breasts and buttocks of both men and women). A young woman is shown wearing panties and a T-shirt (her bare legs, abdomen and cleavage are visible). A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A young woman wears short shorts that reveal her bare legs. Young men and young women are shown wearing swimsuits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, legs and backs. A young woman wearing short shorts that reveal her bare legs dances seductively in front of young men and another young woman. A young man watches through a one-way mirror as a young woman undresses (we see her wearing a bra (her bare abdomen is visible). A young woman watches through a one-way mirror as a young man takes off his shirt and we see his bare chest and abdomen. A young woman's boyfriend enters a dorm room and talks to her roommate who is not wearing pants (she is wearing panties and a T-shirt) and she becomes embarrassed and tries to cover up. A woman wears a low-cut jacket that reveals cleavage.
 Young men and young women dance together and thrust their hips in a sexually suggestive manner.
 A young woman reads from a teenage girl's diary that refers to "a husband's bulge." A young man says of another young man, "He has a husband bulge." A young woman talks about another young woman needing to have sex. A young woman says, "We made out once" when talking about herself and a young man. Two young women talk about one of them having a sexual relationship with her professor. A young woman talks about a young man being "good with his hands." A man talks about having children.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A young woman in the woods is stabbed in the hand, she screams and runs, a young man with her is stabbed in the back, and a man carrying a bear trap on the end of a long chain swings it and it catches on a woman's back; the man drags her, he starts a saw, the young woman screams and then goes silent when the man cuts her head off (blood pours into a chamber).
 A young man driving an RV is stabbed through the back of the neck (we see the point poke out through his throat and we see blood spray) and he is stabbed again; the RV veers off the road and into a body of water, the young woman who was in the RV swims toward the shore, a zombie from the RV grabs her foot as she swims, she kicks and climbs onto a pier where another zombie carrying a bear trap approaches and they fight (we see the young woman being thrown back and forth across the pier as she struggles with the zombie, blood sprays on the pier and it looks like vomit).
 A zombie comes up from behind a young man, the young man runs into her (she is covered with blood), he hits the zombie and knocks her down, another zombie throws a severed head at a young woman who catches it (it is a young woman's head covered with blood), and she drops it and screams. A zombie grabs a young man through a window and pulls him outside (the young man screams), they fight, the zombie throws a large pair of shears into the young man's back (we see blood and the young man screams), the zombie drags him into the woods and we see blood flow into a chamber. A zombie swings a large bear trap by a chain, it catches onto a young man's back (blood sprays) and a young woman stabs the zombie in the head and face repeatedly.
 A young man and a young woman climb into a hole in the ground and the young man says, "I had to dismember that guy with a trowel" and we see a pile of zombie bits in the corner of a room. Several zombies break through the windows of a cabin and a young man and a young woman hide in the basement where the young woman says, "This is where he killed them."
 Many people scream and run through hallways and out of elevators, and they are attacked by many types of creatures: some are eaten by the creatures (a huge snake eats people), a woman shoots herself in the head, a creature vomits into a man's mouth (he's held on a table), we hear screaming and a large winged creature breaks into a room where a young man and a young woman are hiding and the creature eats a man (we see blood smear on the wall), a big-toothed creature bites a man on the neck, a unicorn stabs a man through the stomach with its horn (we hear a squish and blood pours from the wound), a man shoots several creatures, they attack him, put an explosive device inside him and he is blown to bloody bits as other people in the room are thrown from the blast, a man is killed and blood sprays out, a woman is taken through the ceiling by a serpent and a young woman stabs a man in the stomach (we see blood and hear a crunch).
 A young man attacks a zombie that is fighting with a young woman, and the young woman then strikes the zombie with a piece of timber and the zombie falls into a lake but then surfaces again.
 A man with several saw blades sticking out of his head stares at a young woman. A creature with big teeth lunges toward a young man and a young woman in an elevator, a ghost swirls around and toward them and a small girl with a huge mouth filled with teeth looks at them.
 A young woman holds a gun on a young man, a creature bites her, the young man shoots the creature (we see the young woman with a lot of blood on the bite wound), the young man and the young woman fight over the gun, and another creature hits the young woman in the hand with an ax and blood sprays. A man with a gun threatens a young man and a young woman, and the two steal the man's gun and get away leaving the man on the floor where a severed zombie arm crawls toward him and onto his face.
 A young man and a young woman sit in a room, the ground shakes, rubble falls around them and a huge hand breaks up through the ground. A dismembered zombie arm falls into an elevator car where a young man and a young woman are standing (we see the two with blood on their faces from previous fights).
 A young man speeds a motorcycle across a deep gorge, crashes into something halfway across and explodes into sparks and disintegrates. A bird flies into a force field of some sort and we see a flash as the bird disintegrates.
 A zombie with a knife pulls himself out of the ground, and then a man with a saw does the same followed by a woman. On a video feed we see a woman floating in the air surrounded by school-aged girls, the girls are chanting, the floating woman screams as light shoots out from her and she turns into a frog. On a video feed, we see a woman floating in the air surrounded by frightened young girls in a classroom.
 A young man hears voices, he yells and is frustrated. A young woman goes into a dark cellar on a dare and finds many old photos and personal items of the people who used to live in the house. The mouth of a tunnel collapses as an RV speeds toward the opening, and the driver speeds in the opposite direction to avoid the debris. An RV speeding through a tunnel bumps into the wall and the driver struggles to right the vehicle.
 During the opening sequence we see puddles of blood interspersed with etchings of murder and human sacrifice. A young man is shown with blood on his forehead. A young man looks at a painting of people sacrificing a goat with a large blade. We see a picture of dogs pulling at bloody tissue of a carcass.
 Several young men and young women run into their individual rooms and the doors are locked (they then become frightened). Several young men and young women are frightened with a cellar door flies open. A young man goes inside a decrepit gas station and is startled when an attendant asks him what he's doing; the attendant goes on to be insulting and threatening and calls one of the young women in the group a derogatory name.
 A young woman reads from a diary that says, "Papa cut her belly open and stuffed the hot coal in," and a reference is made to a teenage girl's "good arm." A man talks about people "coming to the killing floor." A young man rants about "puppeteers." People talk about the "ancient ones" sacrificing someone with fire. A man says, "You can't trust the Swedes."

PROFANITY 10 - About 55 F-words, 5 sexual references, 12 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (creep, dumb blonde, fool, back woods idiots, burnout, hopeless, nuts, egghead, alpha male), 2 religious profanities, 10 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young man is shown smoking marijuana while driving a car and when he opens the car door to get out we see a cloud of smoke pour out of the car, several young men and young women smoke marijuana and drink beer, a young man smokes marijuana, a young man rolls a marijuana cigarette, a young man asks another young man "are you stoned?" and a young man says to another young man "You are really high." Several young men and young women drink beer, people drink alcohol in celebration, a young man and a young woman drink alcohol, and a young woman says, "We have a keg." A man spits chewing tobacco juice on a young man's shoe.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Manipulation of events, human sacrifice, evil, global positioning, mutual sacrifice, punishment, controlling the outcome of a situation, competition, zombies, magic, puppeteers, gods, sin, faith.

MESSAGE - Cabins in the woods are rarely what they seem.

Special Keywords: S6 - V9 - P10 - MPAAR

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