The Exorcist III

Movie • 1990 • Horror  

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Set fifteen years after the original film, The Exorcist III centers around the philosophical Lieutenant William F. Kinderman who is investigating a baffling series of murders around Georgetown that all contain the hallmarks of The Gemini, a deceased serial killer. It eventually leads him to a catatonic patient in a psychiatric hospital who has recently started to speak, claiming he is the The Gemini and detailing the murders, but bears a striking resemblance to Father Damien Karras.
This movie contains 48 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Are there sudden loud noises?
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Are there dislocations?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
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Is someone stalked?
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Is there domestic violence?
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is a child abused?
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gayle
yes, a 12 year old is drugged and decapitated while conscious
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hermitcrab
A character is said to have been killed offscreen after the killer injects him with a drug that will paralyze him, but no recreational or addictive use.
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gayle
Many of the priests are shown drinking a lot. I guess it depends on your idea of abusing alcohol
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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gayle
yes, an injured bird that a priest had in a box with a bandaged wing is shown moving then dead when a cross and Jesus statue fall.
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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hermitcrab
Toward the end (about 1:37:00) there are multiple snakes just sort of hanging around. They disappear soon after.
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is someone held under water?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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SiRenfield
Brad Dourif basically spends all of his scenes in a straitjacket
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Are any hands damaged?
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hermitcrab
A scene where a possessed woman tries to strangle a man, but this does not last very long.
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Dr.Teatime
Off-screen but talked about in some length.
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone choked?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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hermitcrab
The killer decapitates many of his victims, though we never see this happen onscreen. There is an attempt we do see of a character to decapitate another, but this is prevented. SPOILERS: There is one scene toward the end where we see a character with his decapitated head replaced with the head of a statue.
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gayle
they show the original scene of the priest being thrown out the window of the original Exorcist house and falling down a long staircase (besides going out the top floor or the apartment).
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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hermitcrab
There is one moment where we see (not from very close up) that a murder victim's finger has been cut off. Otherwise just descriptions of the killer's modus operandi involving cutting off fingers.
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gayle
well, the murders include a drug that paralyzes them so they can't scream while being crucified and decapitated. I count that as torture
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mrflatwoods
A point of view shot of a character falling down the stairs is shown.
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hermitcrab
Two "recaps" of Damien Karras' death in the first film, one from his point of view, the other actually showing his body falling down a flight of stairs.
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is someone stabbed?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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hermitcrab
One kid dies during the course of the film and we later see his body. Another kid dies before the events of the film and the killer recounts her death in some detail. There is also one scene where the main character dreams that he is in a place resembling heaven, full of people who have died, and some of them are children. You would not know they had died just from looking at them.
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Does a major character die?
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Does a non-human character die?
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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PJT
Depending on your viewpoint, it has one of the best or the one the most traumatizing jump scares of all time. It's the "hospital corridor" scene with Nurse Keating. Anyone who's seen the movie won't forget it. It is nearly 4 1/2 minutes of slowly torturing the audience with the question: When will something horrible happen? The gruesome act is never actually seen -- and the victim never knows what's coming -- but when the jump scare occurs with bloodcurdling SFX, there's no uncertainty about what will take place off screen. To punctuate the point, the movie quickly cuts to a shot of a headless religious statue. (About half way through the scene, there is a fake-out jump scare in a hospital room intended to fray nerves for the ultimate scare.)

When I saw this in the theater, several people jumped up and bolted through the double doors and never returned. Other people were audibly sobbing -- I'd never experienced this level of terrified shock watching a horror movie. And again, you never actually see the event -- you are just completely jarred by the jump scare. I could not concentrate on the movie for the next 10 minutes because I was so freaked out.

A bit later in the film there is a scene in which a possessed elderly patient from the hospital disguised as a nurse attempts to kill the main character's daughter using the same horrifying implement. I would qualify this as a jump scare as well.
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Is someone possessed?
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gayle
duh, of course
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Are there ghosts?
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hermitcrab
Not really, but there is a scene in which the main character has a dream where he is surrounded by dead people in what looks like heaven, and another scene in which disembodied voices are heard and objects move on their own in a very ghost-y way.
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Are there clowns?
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Are there natural bodies of water?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Is someone eaten?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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PJT
The killer in solitary confinement has some raging monologues where he is frothing at the mouth. For that matter, so does George C. Scott in the final climax scene.
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Is there audio gore?
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Is there farting?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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socratesgonemad
The protagonist is a cop, but it isn't super pro cop.
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Is there incarceration?
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
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Medical
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gayle
Its not shown, but it's referred to
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Are needles/syringes used?
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SiRenfield
A good chunk of the movie takes place at one
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hermitcrab
Many scenes take place in a hospital.
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Is there menstruation?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
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Does someone have a mental illness?
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Does someone self harm?
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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SiRenfield
…sort of, there’s no DID but a group of psychiatrists try to apply this as a more rational explanation for a demonically possessed person
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
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Is there misophonia?
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Is there ABA therapy?
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Is there body dysphoria?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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gayle
that's debatable. The lead detective is definitely troubled, and rightfully so
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Squarmpo
The cell where the talks with the killer and the climactic exorcism happens is quite small.
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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SiRenfield
There’s mentions of autistic patients being held at the institution but no actual abuse is depicted
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hermitcrab
SPOILERS: A man uses a needle to inject himself with something lethal. We see his dead body in his office, eyes open and gazing out.
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Noxious
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Does a baby cry?
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hermitcrab
A little over 4 minutes in, we see a very shakey POV camera of a man falling down a flight of stairs.
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Is there screaming?
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
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hermitcrab
Around 1:42:00, lightning strikes repeatedly inside a room and a light explodes. Also some flickering lights earlier in the film, but these are not particularly strobe-y.
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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hermitcrab
A twelve-year-old black boy is murdered and his murder described in detail, though we do not see it occur.

SPOILERS: We see his dead body toward the end.
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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hermitcrab
Characters in the beginning make derogatory jokes and comments.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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gayle
anti Jewish by the cops. Calling the first victim a black boy is a but weird to me for 1990, they're not in the south. There is more anti Jewish rants from the lead detective's mother in law
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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hermitcrab
A character mentions "mongoloid babies" and a psychiatric doctor has a framed poster on his wall reading "A psychotic is someone more neurotic than his doctor".
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Are there n-words?
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Squarmpo
No, but a slur for Italians is used.
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Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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SiRenfield
It’s not shown but the Gemini Killer makes up a black murder victim into minstrel show-esque makeup
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Religious
Is religion discussed?
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Are there demons or Hell?
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Sex
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StevenHay
A man flashes a woman in the hospital.
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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mrflatwoods
No nude scenes, but a pornographic photo on a wall is shown.
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there BDSM?
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Does someone lose their virginity?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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SiRenfield
The demon basically body surfs into the bodies of dementia patients to perform his murders at the hospital
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
Is someone homeless?
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Are there fat suits?
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Is existentialism debated?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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SiRenfield
I mean certainly for Father Karass, poor guy
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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hermitcrab
Some blood, but not very heavy on gore until about 1:38:00. SPOILERS: Toward the end, we see a priest having to rip his skin to free himself from a ceiling, exposing his brain, and the body of a boy who has been crucified and had his head replaced with that of a statue.
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Does someone drown?
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hermitcrab
SPOILERS: The main character is forced to shoot the possessed body of his friend.
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