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In the Mouth of Madness



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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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MPAA Rating: R

Sam Neill stars in this film about how truth, reality and fiction can blur, with disastrous consequences.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A couple of passionate kisses. An elderly man is shown laying on a floor naked and you can briefly see his buttocks.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Because of the "quickness" of the horror scenes (it's hard to tell exactly what you are seeing) and because of a surprising minimum of blood, this rating is a relatively low 6. There are a handful of times where a "montage" is shown of quick scenes of horror and gore (shown one right after the other) and what can be gleaned are people with hideous facial deformities (usually with one eye), a bloody axe, people with tendrils whipping from their bodies, crashing, yelling, screaming and falling, splatters of blood. A group of people with axes surround a man and hack him to death with blood splattering on the walls and the man's bloody hand leaving a trail on the wall as it slides down (minus half a finger).

PROFANITY 5 - Five F-words, 9 scatological terms, and a few other mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Horror novels, truth vs. fiction, the power of the written word, insanity, random acts of violence.

MESSAGE - The written word is very powerful; sometimes it's hard to tell where truth ends and fiction begins.

Special Keywords: S2 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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