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Sex & Nudity

  • We see two women's nude art in two different walls of a room. Only breasts are visible.
  • The nudity in this film is really only limited to one scene.
  • A man kisses a naked woman.
  • A nude woman is shown in a bathtub as a part of a hallucination, full-frontal nudity is seen.
  • In a bizarre series of shots, a man in a bear costume is shown kneeling before another man in a conspicuous manner (implying oral sex.)

Violence & Gore

  • A man is killed with an axe blow to the chest (bloody but not excessively so).
  • Violent acts are discussed, plotted, and threatened.
  • A elevator lets out a river of blood. This image is shown several times during the course of the movie.
  • The bloody murdered bodies of two children are briefly shown.
  • The movie is more surreal and disturbing than outright violent, but there are some brief violent parts. Very little blood is shown throughout the 144 minute running time.
  • There is a scene where you see two mangled dead bodies of girls in a corridor surrounded by pools of blood, as well as an axe.
  • Jack Torrance smashes down doors with an axe while a woman hides ready to defend herself with a knife. She slices his hand with a knife, blood briefly visible.


  • 12 uses of the word Fuck
  • Some uses of the n-word.
  • Several uses of the phrase 'son of a bitch' and other milder profanities.
  • Some minor religious profanity.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man smokes and drinks.
  • A woman smokes cigarettes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Shining is often considered one of the most terrifying films ever made. It exchanges cheap jump scares and instead contains much surrealist and bizarre imagery, as well as a very strong sense of dread and suspense and psychological terror. We watch a man turn into an abusive father and husband, and can be very disturbing to some.
  • In one scene, a small child is riding down the hall on a toy tricycle and sees two girls' ghosts (and then flashbacks of their bloody hacked up corpses).
  • A naked woman is shown in a bathtub. She then turns into an old, decaying nude corpse. She then creepily laughs, as she tries to catch Jack.


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Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcoholism is a main plot point of the film.
  • Jack is implied to have been an alcoholic and, as he starts drinking again, gets more and more out of control.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • One frozen corpse.
  • While trying to chase Danny in the cold hedge maze, Jack eventually freezes and dies.
  • A family of three people are looking after a very large mountain resort, and are the only people there for the entire winter season. One of the characters interacts with people who show up out of nowhere, implying that they are ghosts or possibly hallucinations brought on by extreme isolation and stress. He walks into a fancy ball room filled with party attendees dressed in 1920s formal wear. This could cause some confusion for younger children.
  • A man chases after his son, a young child,through a hotel with an an axe implying that he intends to kill him.
  • Jack is shown to be increasingly unpleasant and brutal towards his wife and, as he spirals into madness (pushed by the hotel's ghosts), he attempts to kill both his wife and his son.

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