Primal Fear

Movie • 1996 • Thriller  

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An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not have been a third person in the room. The intensity builds when a surprise twist alters everyone's perception of the crime.
This movie contains 37 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Is rape mentioned?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are there abusive parents?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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Rafilo
No, but two characters team up to briefly observe someone and capture him.
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Is there domestic violence?
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MadisonKoslowski
Closest I can think of is someone is most likely faking serious mental illness and manipulating others for sympathy
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Is a child abused?
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fragmentalman
The main characters father abuses him.
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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acmr
A character is routinely showed obsessively smoking.
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Niniz
idk but the characters do drink a lot throughtout the movie
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
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Are animals abused?
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Is there a dead animal?
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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 snakes?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is someone held under water?
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helpfulbug
a character spends the majority of the film in prison so yes.

there are also multiple scenes of people getting choked or pushed against walls.
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MadisonKoslowski
Yes, it is shown in two separate scenes and talked about later.

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Chicago
There is video of clothes being taken off on command and starting to do non-consensual acts. We don't see past that but it's implied.
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Bodily Harm
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Rafilo
The shot of the murder victim also includes various cuts inflicted on the body.
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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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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Does a head get squashed?
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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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fragmentalman
It is mentioned in court as part of the crime, but doesn't go into detail past it happening.
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acmr
There is a scene in which a character's finger are quickly chopped off.
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Is someone tortured?
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Niniz
i would argue that some court scenes count as psychological torture since they're trying really hard to trigger a possible mental condition on a person and it can be really triggerring for some
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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acmr
The murder in question includes one brief shot of the victim laying on the dead on the floor with eyes gouged out.
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Niniz
quite a bit at the beginning of the movie
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Niniz
it is mentioned a character was murdered offscreen and they look like they could be a minor, tho their age is not mentioned
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helpfulbug
a big plot point of the movie is that the members of a catholic organization are abused by the arch bishop (who dies at the start of the movie) the named characters involved in this all seem to be of age but since the organization is for people up to the age of 18 it can be presumed that underaged people were involved as well
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Does someone die?
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Does a non-human character die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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helpfulbug
not to my knowledge (watched it dubbed) but i want to reiterate that this movie is EXTREMELY ableist about the mental illnesses it portrays
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Drugs/Alcohol
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Family
Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a parent die?
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mentioned one time only
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Is someone kidnapped?
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Does someone cheat?
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Niniz
only mentioned
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Fear
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Niniz
one character mentions that a certain disorder looks like a possession. on other scenes, it is described that a religious authority gaslights other characters with the speech that they need to "expel the demon out of them" .
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Are there clowns?
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Are there jumpscares?
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helpfulbug
not too many, but a few good ones.

1) is right at the start like the first comment describes

2) is when one of the lawyers searches the suspects flat & gets jumped by another character
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Are there mannequins?
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Are there razors?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Does someone spit?
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Is there audio gore?
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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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LGBTQ+
Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Medical
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helpfulbug
no scenes take place in a mental institution. in the end of the movie a character is send to a mental institution and it is portrayed as a better alternative to prison.
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Is electro-therapy used?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Mental Health
Is there body dysphoria?
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Niniz
i would argue that it seems like it for most of the movie, but it's not mentioned specifically
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Does someone self harm?
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helpfulbug
whole movie sets up a character with all the tropes we know and despise:

- an 'innocent' looking character with a cartoonishly evil side
- 2 way split in good and bad side
- the bad personality is violent against everyone without exception, doesn't seem to be reasonable, makes fun of the other personality for being weak
- main personality isn't aware of the disorder and no one informs him throughout the entire movie
- forced switches between personality in public to prove a point
- a monolog of how the character in question is faking it to get out of persecution
- the movies twist being the character actually faking it and tricking his attorney into helping him be proven innocent
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Niniz
it is believed to be for most part of the movie
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Does someone have an eating disorder?
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Is there misophonia?
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slammybrosia
The character Shaughnessy talks with food in his mouth and slurps some tea. It’s over pretty quickly, but noticeable.
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Are there anxiety attacks?
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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helpfulbug
there is a few side comments about sex, nothing too graphic in my opinion
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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acmr
When the main character is rewatching a tape, it flashes black a few times to show it was running low on battery.
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Are there babies or unborn children?
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Are there abortions?
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Is a baby stillborn?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Is there childbirth?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Prejudice
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Is there aphobia?
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Is there hate speech?
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Niniz
in some court scenes a attorney tries to discredit a diagnosis by mocking the symptoms described by a professional and implying some of the symptoms are a voluntary decision, it was very triggering for me since i heard that a lot before
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Does the black guy die first?
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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Are there n-words?
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Relationships
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helpfulbug
the murder victim (age not specified, I would say 60+) sexually assaults multiple young adults around the age of 19
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Sex
Is someone sexually objectified?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Is there bestiality?
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One scene, not very long, on video tape
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Are there nude scenes?
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Sexism
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idk how to explain it without spoilers but it's the same character saying it to himself
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Sickness
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Does someone have a stroke?
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Social
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Are there fat suits?
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only mentioned
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Spoiler
Does it have a sad ending?
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Vehicular
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Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Does someone drown?
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i don't remember any gunshots but in some scenes some characters are shown carrying and pointing guns
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