The Fly

Movie • 1986 • Horror  

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When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.
This movie contains 44 potentially triggering events.
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Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
209 supporters
Yes
5
No
22
10
huviks
No dogs die. Baboons die, and a cat (in some versions), and a Brundlefly do.
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Unanswered Triggers
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ErinHollow
I watched the behind the scenes documentary and it looked like the monkey was treated very well
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Is an animal abandoned?
54 supporters
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0
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0
Is rape mentioned?
44 supporters
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0
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0
Yes
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1
ErinHollow
Seth used crutches at one point and some people interpret the movie as being about disability.
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Is there throat mutilation?
16 supporters
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Yes
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0
eBroadcastSystem
seth's later forms could be potentially trypophobia triggering- though not exactly hole-filled, they have a similar look
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Is there BDSM?
12 supporters
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0
Is someone abused with a belt?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
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0
Are there bedbugs?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
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0
Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Abuse
Yes
0
No
4
0
UnagioLucio
Parent-child relationships are not shown in this movie.
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Is someone stalked?
20 supporters
Yes
28
No
1
5
Ryukocha
A woman is followed by her ex-boyfriend in a car. He also shows up at her apartment unannounced.
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8
GentlyUsedLamp
Not in a direct physical context, but brundlfly's relationship with Veronica takes on an abusive tone towards the end (kidnaps her and tries to force her to "meld" with him) which could definitely be triggering
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
47 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Yes
0
No
8
Is someone gaslighted?
28 supporters
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Yes
1
No
20
Is a child abused?
71 supporters
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Yes
0
No
29
Addiction
3
huviks
No, although Brundle's initial stages of becoming Brundlefly are coded as drug use/abuse
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Is there addiction?
9 supporters
Yes
0
No
24
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huviks
No, although Brundle's initial stages of becoming Brundlefly are coded as drug use/abuse
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Yes
22
No
1
9
JellicleBat
Brundle gets frustration-tipsy alone after his love interest leaves. Minor for alcohol abuse, but it does contribute to him doing a Very Big Mistake.
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Animal
Does a horse die?
57 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
101 supporters
Yes
37
No
0
9
cswick2010
A monkey dies when it gets teleported and turns inside out. Ive only seen the 1 monkey die. And a deleted scene a cat and a monkey gets emerged together and is deformed. And then gets killed.
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Are animals abused?
117 supporters
Yes
35
No
3
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toastily
a baboon is used in a science experiment, brutally dies because of it
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0
No
27
Is there a dead animal?
65 supporters
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Yes
31
No
0
Is an animal sad?
46 supporters
Yes
0
No
3
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ErinHollow
Seth tells the second baboon that he's sorry he killed its brother. Baboon doesn't seem to care
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Are rabbits harmed?
41 supporters
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3
Does a cat die?
103 supporters
Yes
23
No
3
10
Quiet_Wyatt
In a deleted / bonus scene depending on your DVD, a cat and a monkey come to a mutual miserable end.
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Does a pet die?
91 supporters
Yes
8
No
0
1
UnagioLucio
If you consider the baboon used in experiments to be a pet, then yes. The first baboon to be teleported gets turned inside out and dies shortly thereafter. The second baboon survives in the theatrical cut. However, there's a deleted scene where the baboon is fused with a cat, and the resulting monstrosity is beaten to death with a pipe.
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Does a dragon die?
17 supporters
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0
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27
Are there spiders?
30 supporters
Yes
1
No
23
5
huviks
None in this version
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
3 supporters
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0
No
3
Are there snakes?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
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24
Are there sharks?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
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4
Are there bugs?
18 supporters
Yes
42
No
0
25
huviks
Well, what do YOU think?
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
10 supporters
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0
No
3
Is someone drugged?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Is there pedophilia?
67 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Is someone held under water?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Is someone beaten up by a bully?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Is someone restrained?
13 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Is someone sexually assaulted?
112 supporters
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Yes
0
No
26
Yes
0
No
4
Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
20 supporters
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Yes
22
No
1
Yes
3
No
0
0
ErinHollow
Fingernails fall off and the hand deforms
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4
JellicleBat
Kinda, but they're struggling to, like, live at that point, so it's more like a general struggle
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Yes
1
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3
1
UnagioLucio
Not decapitation per se, but a head explodes after being shot.
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Is there cannibalism?
25 supporters
Yes
1
No
20
1
UnagioLucio
The Brundlefly melts off a man's hand and foot by regurgitating digestive enzymes, but he does not attempt to consume what's left.
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Is someone crushed to death?
17 supporters
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0
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8
Is someone choked?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Yes
3
No
21
6
bricker
melted by acid
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Is someone buried alive?
15 supporters
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0
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24
Is there body horror?
29 supporters
Yes
20
No
0
4
UnagioLucio
Body horror is central to the film's premise of undergoing a slow, irreversible, uncontrollable transformation. Plenty of gruesome details, such as body parts mutating or falling off, are clearly shown.
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Is there amputation?
16 supporters
Yes
22
No
0
0
ErinHollow
Brundlefly melts off someone's hand and foot
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Yes
24
No
2
6
More like it explodes...
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3
QuietWyatt
But something absolutely horrible happens to the front of a character's ankle in the finale.
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Is there a hanging?
26 supporters
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25
Does someone asphyxiate?
15 supporters
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0
No
7
Yes
34
No
0
9
Simonzra
Teeth fall out
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Does someone become unconscious?
3 supporters
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0
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4
Yes
37
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11
Ensigera
Arm wrestling. I am in the veterinary profession and I still can't watch this scene: compound fracture of the ulna graphically and very well done.
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Does someone have a seizure?
5 supporters
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0
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21
0
ErinHollow
Implied but not shown on-screen
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Yes
35
No
0
9
notgoingtoaddcomments
Including fingernails falling off.
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Is someone tortured?
57 supporters
Yes
0
No
24
2
soladios
Brundle's downfall could be considered psychological torture
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Does someone fall down stairs?
4 supporters
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10
Does someone fall to their death?
8 supporters
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0
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25
Yes
24
No
0
2
UnagioLucio
During the climax, the Brundlefly's outer face gruesomely falls off, including its eyeballs, to reveal the monster underneath.
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Is someone stabbed?
7 supporters
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0
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3
Yes
14
No
0
5
Pretty infrequent, not necessarily "excessive", but the gore shown is pretty gnarly; particularly a broken bone during an arm wrestling scene a little after midway-through
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
Yes
0
No
27
0
UnagioLucio
Kids do not appear in the movie.
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Yes
0
No
9
0
UnagioLucio
There are no children in the movie.
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
8 supporters
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0
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7
Yes
7
No
0
3
UnagioLucio
The main character, Seth Brundle, dies at the very end. After being accidentally fused with a broken telepod, his body is mangled beyond repair, and he begs for death by holding the barrel of a shotgun to his head. His lover reluctantly obliges his last request.
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Yes
10
No
0
0
UnagioLucio
The Brundlefly dies at the end of the movie.
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Does someone die?
11 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
22 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Family
Is someone kidnapped?
5 supporters
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Yes
24
No
0
Does a parent die?
10 supporters
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Yes
3
No
17
Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
Yes
11
No
15
1
ErinHollow
Seth hooks up with Tawny. It's a little unclear if that's cheating or if his "plasma pool" speech was him intending to break up with Veronica and then moving on to Tawny, but from the way he reacts when Veronica catches him, I think he was cheating on her
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
18
Does a family member die?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
32 supporters
Yes
25
No
1
0
ErinHollow
Three. One after the first baboon teleportation, one in the abortion clinic, and one when Stathis is in the lab.
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Is someone possessed?
8 supporters
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Yes
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25
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
1
UnagioLucio
The movie takes place almost entirely indoors.
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Are there razors?
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7 supporters
Yes
4
No
2
1
hermitcrab
An electric razor
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Yes
22
No
0
6
toastily
a side character is seen in a shower momentarily, though nothing below his shoulders is seen
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Are there mannequins?
4 supporters
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0
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6
Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
12 supporters
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0
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12
Does someone vomit?
59 supporters
Yes
41
No
0
4
bricker
Brundlefly vomits white goo several times. Looks pretty gross.
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Is someone eaten?
19 supporters
Yes
0
No
3
0
UnagioLucio
A man gets his hand and foot melted off with digestive enzymes, but no part of him is actually consumed.
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Is there on-screen pooping?
22 supporters
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0
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3
Does someone spit?
10 supporters
Yes
29
No
0
3
Vomits goop ONSCREEN when he tries to eat a donut. (Very brief) it’s on his hand afterward.
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Is there audio gore?
30 supporters
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Yes
22
No
0
Is there farting?
6 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
4 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
16 supporters
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Yes
0
No
16
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
6
Are there transphobic slurs?
30 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Yes
0
No
3
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there bisexual cheating?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Are needles/syringes used?
21 supporters
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Yes
0
No
21
Is there a mental institution scene?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Is there a hospital scene?
10 supporters
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Yes
31
No
0
Yes
9
No
15
8
Quiet_Wyatt
Not cancer, but a graphically degenerative disease.
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
28 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
1
UnagioLucio
Not a real-world mental illness per se, but Seth Brundle clearly loses his sanity as his mind merges with the mind of the fly. He's fully aware that this is happening, but there's nothing he can do to stop his mental deterioration.
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Yes
3
No
16
0
Anonymous
Not in the cutting sense. However - and this doubles as a warning for hand/finger gore - in a scene that takes place in his bathroom, Seth discovers something wrong with his fingers that leads to him removing his own fingernails.
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Yes
0
No
3
1
ErinHollow
Eh... Seth isn't textually autistic but he's a socially awkward genius type. If he is intended to be autistic I think they represented it pretty well
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
21 supporters
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Yes
2
No
11
1
eBroadcastSystem
seth, as he transforms, does mention not recognizing himself in the mirror as a result of his changes
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
2
OJAndToothpaste
In one final act of humanity, Seth points Veronica's gun at his head, urging her to finish him off and put him out of his misery.
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Is there misophonia?
27 supporters
Yes
2
No
8
0
Anonymous
There's definitely a lot of expected gross noises accompanying Seth's transformation, mainly squishy wet sounds. I personally found it hard to listen to at times so it might be a trigger for someone else as well.
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Is there ABA therapy?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Yes
1
No
6
0
ErinHollow
He goes back and forth between embracing it and panicking at his reflection in the mirror, even becoming enraged at his own body
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Yes
5
No
20
3
bricker
There is a lot of body horror in the latter half, but no body dysmorphia (=distorted perceptions of one's regular human body)
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7
soladios
a creature asks non verbally to be killed
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Are there anxiety attacks?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
19
Yes
5
No
15
4
UnagioLucio
There is a scene where a character is locked in a telepod against her will.
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1
ErinHollow
No, but there are some food issues. Seth's eating habits change drastically until he can't eat normally
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Is there autism specific abuse?
30 supporters
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Yes
0
No
18
8
Ryukocha
Not directly, but a character asks for another character to kill him by pointing the end of a gun to his head.
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
18 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Does a baby cry?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
13
Is there shakey cam?
23 supporters
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Yes
0
No
21
Is there screaming?
7 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
1
ErinHollow
It's an r rated movie. There's cussing
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Are there flashing lights or images?
27 supporters
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Yes
15
No
0
Paranoia
0
ErinHollow
Brundlefly watches from the roof as Stathis and Veronica talk
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Is the fourth wall broken?
6 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
16 supporters
Yes
0
No
12
0
ErinHollow
No but if you're sensitive to that, proceed with caution
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Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
Yes
31
No
1
4
Specifically childbirth of an insect/human hybrid, very likely to be traumatic
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Are there abortions?
12 supporters
Yes
28
No
1
9
bricker
[SPOILERS] There is a scene that shows the actual procedure of an abortion right up to the removal of the fetus, but this ends up being a dream. The woman tries to go through with it again in real life, and is in the operating room when they are interrupted.
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4
Not shown but very major plot point around an unborn child
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Does someone miscarry?
16 supporters
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Yes
0
No
22
Does a pregnant person die?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
31 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Does the black guy die first?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Are there homophobic slurs?
31 supporters
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Yes
0
No
18
Yes
0
No
20
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
14
Is there hate speech?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Is a minority is misrepresented?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Does an LGBT person die?
25 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
2
SLIGHT LAST ACT SPOILERS:
They claim a baby being deformed as reason for abortion (though this isn't the truth)
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Are there n-words?
20 supporters
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Yes
0
No
19
Is there aphobia?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Race
Is there blackface?
18 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Relationships
Yes
0
No
9
0
ErinHollow
No, but there's a student/teacher relationship mentioned
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Religious
Is religion discussed?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Are there demons or Hell?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Sex
Yes
30
No
0
3
soladios
characters are seen during and after intercourse, nothing too explicit and no genitalia is shown
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Is someone sexually objectified?
25 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Are there nude scenes?
25 supporters
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Yes
8
No
0
Is there bestiality?
50 supporters
Yes
0
No
8
0
ErinHollow
No, but Brundlefly describes his condition as being "mated" with a fly, and after he's part fly he sleeps with two women.
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0
ErinHollow
According to the director, Seth loses his virginity the first time he sleeps with Veronica, but in the film it's not brought up that it's his first time
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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55 supporters
Yes
1
No
26
1
NearEastMugwump
No one in this movie (aside from Seth and Veronica's unborn child) is related, so by default there can be no incestuous relationships.
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Sexism
Yes
0
No
9
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
7 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Does someone have a chronic illness?
8 supporters
Add comment
Yes
5
No
2
Yes
2
No
4
3
QuietWyatt
The character's gradual loss of mind & humanity is as horrifying as his physical decay.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
2
No
1
1
UnagioLucio
Seth's tragic transformation can be easily interpreted as a metaphor for terminal disease.
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Social
Is someone homeless?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
10
Yes
0
No
5
1
OJAndToothpaste
Veronica wants to get an abortion and Seth objects, not because of any anti abortion bias but because he views the baby as the only remnant of his humanity.
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Are there fat suits?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
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Yes
0
No
26
Are there end credit scenes?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Yes
34
No
0
0
OJAndToothpaste
I would say so. And to think it all went downhill because of a tiny little bug that went undetected.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Does a car honk or tires screech?
9 supporters
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Yes
2
No
4
Does a plane crash?
5 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Is someone hit by a car?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
26
Is there blood/gore?
34 supporters
Yes
35
No
0
7
bricker
There is extreme body horror and no shortage of viscera.
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Does someone drown?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Yes
30
No
0
5
toastily
a character is shot near the end of the movie
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