Shadow of the Vampire

 
 

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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

This vampire tale asks what might have happened if original Dracula (titled Nosferatu) director F.W. Murnau had cast a real vampire (instead of actor Max Schreck) without telling anyone involved in the production. With Willem Dafoe, Cary Elwes, Eddie Izzard, John Malkovich and Udo Kier. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - Sexual innuendo, including several homosexual references and a double entendre with the word "pussy" referring to a cat and an actress. We see people in a club dancing erotically and kissing; the couples are man/woman, man/man and woman/woman. A female couple kiss and dance and one caresses the other's barely covered breasts. A man lifts up a woman's skirt to see her nylon-covered buttocks (only half of her buttocks is visible). We see a woman stand on a table while another stands between her legs and lifts her skirt to simulate sex (both are clothed and nothing further is seen). A woman writhes on a bed in a morphine-induced haze and we see both her breasts as her nightclothes gape open a number of times. A woman wears a very transparent nightgown (we can almost see through it and she's naked underneath). A man tries to touch a woman's clothed breast but she stops him. A man fondles a woman's clothed breasts while eating her neck.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - Several "jump" scenes where people are startled by sudden appearances. We see a man eating a woman's neck again and again, with blood on the man's chin and mouth. A man attacks another man and bites his neck and then throws him overboard the film set's ship. A man fires a gun into a crowd and scares them. A man tries to strangle another man. A man begins eating a woman's neck and we hear sucking sounds and he fondles her clothed breast; there is blood on his chin, lips and teeth. A man is shot a few times. A man is found sucking on a man's neck and we hear the sucking sounds; later the man is shown ill and shaking (as with the flu). A man breaks another's neck and strangles a second man to death. A man pushes another in the chest, grabs a bat from midair and eats it (with lots of sucking sounds); we see blood on the man's lips. We see the close-up of a needle right before it goes into an arm. A man breaks down another's door. A man is shaking in a drug-induced fog. A woman sees no reflection in a mirror and becomes hysterical, screaming and flailing. We see a woman's bloody neck with puncture wounds and dripping blood. A man is severely burned by the sun. We see some blood on a woman's neck. We see a beaker of blood. A man cuts his finger and a bead of blood wells up.

PROFANITY 5 - Two F-words, a couple of anatomical and scatological references, some mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Film making, acting, sacrifice, betrayal, vampires.

MESSAGE - Nothing counts unless it's captured on film.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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