Poltergeist

Movie • 1982 • Horror  

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Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, when he realizes that something truly evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to help before it's too late.
This movie contains 30 potentially triggering events.
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Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
190 supporters
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misselsalouise
E-Buzz is alive throughout, also the BEST boy
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Unanswered Triggers
Is there throat mutilation?
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Is there BDSM?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are any hands damaged?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Is someone held under water?
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Does a major character die?
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Does a woman get slapped?
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Does someone die?
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Abandonment
2
CMster
No, but the parents do leave the kids alone after really scary and traumatic events in the spot where those events happened. I was pretty mad about it.
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6
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Onnamata
The family dog is actually sent away to safety around act 2
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Abuse
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8
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CMster
The parents are simultaneously really protective good parents and also flighty and a little neglectful considering the situation, but not abusive.
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Is someone stalked?
17 supporters
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29
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Onnamata
No but might be worth noting that the actress who played the older sister (Dana?) was murdered by her ex boyfriend less than a year after the film aired which might be brought up if you were to look up the film
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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4
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4
Is someone gaslighted?
26 supporters
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28
Is a child abused?
69 supporters
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4
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29
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Gab
We see children being harmed by the poltergeists but are saved by their parents.
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Addiction
13
Quiet_Wyatt
Two parents smoke pot, nearly get busted by kids.
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Is there addiction?
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33
Yes
6
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26
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georgiarose
No, but some characters are shown drinking alcohol to deal with their stress/fear
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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3
Does a horse die?
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44
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
98 supporters
Yes
65
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2
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csbyron1
Canary seen dead
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Are animals abused?
113 supporters
Yes
4
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36
17
FishMan
Only in the non graphic/unintentional sort of way with improper tanks/cages for a bird and fish
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51
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The pet bird “tweety” is found dead in the cage then given a proper burial Licorice and all ..
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
101 supporters
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46
Does a pet die?
85 supporters
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12
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1
2
In the first few minutes the mom finds the pet bird dead
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Does a dragon die?
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43
Are there spiders?
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36
Are there snakes?
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Are there bugs?
17 supporters
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41
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1
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Microsoft_Nerd
There appear to be maggots infesting a steak, but it seems to be more of a vision/hallucination than real. It would still probably be triggering though.
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
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5
Is there pedophilia?
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7
Is rape mentioned?
43 supporters
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2
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4
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Onnamata
A ghost tries to rape the mother in her bed, mostly implied but intended
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PeachyBaby
The kid only mentions being beaten up at school, but we never see it.
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17
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2
A young boy is grabbed and almost "swallowed" by a possessed tree.

A woman is held down by an invisible force, then forcefully rolled around on the walls and ceiling.
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8
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AReichel31
At one point it seems like the poltergeist is sexually assaulting the mother because it keeps lifting her shirt.
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5
Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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32
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31
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1
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Microsoft_Nerd
A clown doll attempts to strangle a kid, during which time the kid struggles to breathe.
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Is there decapitation?
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4
Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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6
Is someone choked?
14 supporters
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3
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1
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Shadow_Burn
The clown wraps his arm around the neck of the son but there is no choking action.
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Is someone burned alive?
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GlendaJordan
No but someone does fall into a pit filled with water that has old caskets come up around them that surrounds the character
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Is there body horror?
28 supporters
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8
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CMster
There's a scene where a character hallucinates their skin falling off and their head melting. It's pretty graphic but the only scene like that in the movie.
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Is there amputation?
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Anonymous
No, but there is GRAPHIC facial trauma (see the Body Horror section's comments for more detail). I know many people (myself included) who are triggered by both head/facial trauma, so I had to warn others about this.
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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8
Is there a hanging?
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25
Does someone asphyxiate?
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1
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5
Are any teeth damaged?
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34
Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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26
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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30
Is someone tortured?
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6
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26
Yes
8
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GlendaJordan
yes - the mother is pushed by spirits down the stairs and has to fight invisible forces to get back up them
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Does someone fall to their death?
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28
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huviks
Sort of--there's a graphic scene where a character starts clawing at his eyes and face, clawing off the skin. It's just a hallucination, though.
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14
1
Not gore, but there's a substance resembling grape jelly covering a woman and young child.
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Children
Yes
6
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3
3
Not an infant, but a 5 year-old girl is abducted by spirits.
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Does a kid die?
28 supporters
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5
Parents leave their very young daughter alone in the bedroom where a tree just crashed through the window and snatched their son. Alone & scared, the little girl is screaming “Mom” for help but they have seemingly forgotten about her while trying to save their son outside. Could be triggering for those with neglectful parents related trauma.
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CMster
Construction catcall a 15 year old girl. It's really creepy.
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Death
3
CMster
A character puts themselves in extreme danger to save their child
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1
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2
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Shadow_Burn
The pet bird is found dead at the start of the film
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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13
Yes
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3
Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
9 supporters
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10
Family
Yes
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1
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AReichel31
The boy, Robbie is kidnapped by the tree. The girl, Carol Anne is kidnapped by the poltergeist.
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Does a parent die?
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1
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30
Does someone cheat?
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26
Yes
26
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1
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georgiarose
many toys are destroyed in the events of the movie
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Does a family member die?
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5
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
30 supporters
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0
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Onnamata
Multiple jumpscares throuout the film including a clown toy suddenly appearing behind a child, a large skeleton face bursting through a door, loud noises playing when stuff jumps out (or more accurately when the corpses start pushing through the ground) etc
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Is someone possessed?
8 supporters
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2
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25
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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47
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0
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Anonymous
It's kind of the whole movie.
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Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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47
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0
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AReichel31
Toy clown that comes alive
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10
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22
11
Microsoft_Nerd
There is a bath scene, but nothing is shown that would be inappropriate.
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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13
Does someone vomit?
58 supporters
Yes
33
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7
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SophiePatrice24
Somebody technically does vomit. Since no one commented on this I will say. When one of the men with glasses tells the other man he is hungry and goes to the kitchen it happens. He goes to a kitchen, gets a drumstick and drops it because it has bugs in it. You should skip the scene to when he drops the drumstick (way before the actual throw up) to the scene where the guy looks in the mirror in the bathroom. Don't skip straight away to the bathroom because it happens when he is in the bathroom.
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Is someone eaten?
18 supporters
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5
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0
3
CMster
A character comes very close to being eaten by a tree. It's honestly pretty scary!
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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1
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5
Does someone spit?
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Yes
26
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4
Is there audio gore?
30 supporters
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6
No
14
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Onnamata
The scene where a guy tears his own face off is accompanied by meaty goey sounds as chunks of flesh fall into the sink
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Is there farting?
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4
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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8
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
14 supporters
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0
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14
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
25 supporters
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0
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5
Are there transphobic slurs?
29 supporters
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0
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4
Yes
0
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4
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
14 supporters
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0
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3
Is there bisexual cheating?
15 supporters
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0
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4
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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27
Are needles/syringes used?
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29
Is there a mental institution scene?
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27
Is there a hospital scene?
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26
Does someone have cancer?
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1
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27
Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
28 supporters
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0
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6
Does someone have a mental illness?
12 supporters
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0
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4
Does someone self harm?
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0
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26
Is autism misrepresented?
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3
Is a mentally ill person violent?
19 supporters
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12
Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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0
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4
Yes
0
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6
3
CMster
Very much so!
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Is there misophonia?
25 supporters
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3
No
9
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RamenDestroyer
No, but there is a whole lot of whispering. I only put that here because both are super annoying mouth noises.
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Is there ABA therapy?
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3
Is there body dysphoria?
9 supporters
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0
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4
Is there body dysmorphia?
19 supporters
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0
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28
Yes
0
No
14
Are there anxiety attacks?
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0
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26
Is there a claustrophobic scene?
14 supporters
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5
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21
Does someone have an eating disorder?
24 supporters
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0
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26
Is there autism specific abuse?
31 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Yes
0
No
26
Noxious
Yes
4
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0
1
irisplains
Thunder gradually becomes louder, glass breaking, sudden yelling/screaming, music can get loud as well.
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Does a baby cry?
12 supporters
Yes
1
No
9
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RamenDestroyer
No, but a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old scream and cry a lot.
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Is there shakey cam?
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Yes
22
No
3
2
If it's on basic cable, this part is usually cut, but, in the original version, a teen girl makes what could be considered an obscene gesture towards workmen who are cat-calling her.
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csbyron1
Anytime there is TV static, there are usually strobe shots of the characters following
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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0
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8
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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0
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8
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
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0
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24
Are there abortions?
12 supporters
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0
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25
Are there babies or unborn children?
10 supporters
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0
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8
Does someone miscarry?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
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24
Does a pregnant person die?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
22
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
28 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Yes
0
No
27
12
AReichel31
There is 1 black guy and he does not die
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Are there homophobic slurs?
30 supporters
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0
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22
Yes
0
No
21
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
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12
Is there hate speech?
20 supporters
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0
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24
Is a minority is misrepresented?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Does an LGBT person die?
24 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Yes
0
No
22
Are there n-words?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
22
Is there aphobia?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
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3
Race
Is there blackface?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Religious
Are there demons or Hell?
8 supporters
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Yes
4
No
0
Sex
Yes
1
No
25
15
vlixxord
^ I think the mother was amused at her daughter giving them the finger though, not the actual cat calling.
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10
No
1
4
Workmen cat call a teenage girl.
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Are there nude scenes?
23 supporters
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0
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8
Is there bestiality?
46 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Are there incestuous relationships?
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51 supporters
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Yes
0
No
26
Sexism
Yes
0
No
6
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Does someone have a chronic illness?
6 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Social
Yes
1
No
7
2
At the very end, the family is technically homeless (houseless?)
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
21 supporters
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Yes
0
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5
Are there fat suits?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Yes
2
No
26
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OJAndToothpaste
Not at all! Everyone makes it out alive, if a little rattled. Even the friendly ghosts get to peacefully pass onto the other side.
The only casualty in the whole movie was the parrot who passed before the events began, rest in peace Tweety.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
9 supporters
Yes
6
No
18
2
Onnamata
Multiple cars are overturned and while trying to drive away the main family back up into a car behind them, all occurs during the final 5min or so of the film
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
7 supporters
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Yes
6
No
1
Does a plane crash?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
22
Yes
6
No
14
5
georgiarose
A car reverses into another car but no one is injured.

Also, the car drives into a skeleton which ends up on the windscreen - could be triggering in the sense that it is as if a person was hit by the car
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Violence
Yes
1
No
26
0
CMster
No but toward the end basically everything explodes/collapses
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Is there blood/gore?
31 supporters
Yes
35
No
0
12
ZoeWilson
man sees in mirror his face peeling and he pulls off his face
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
Yes
0
No
25
5
KrystalTiger
They believe the missing daughter might have been in a pool being constructed and search for her. The audience knows she isn’t there but this could trigger
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
1
No
21
2
Onnamata
When Carol anne is staring at a static TV the mum switches it to a war film which has fairly loud gunfire playing and people getting shot
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