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Dark Shadows

This gothic horror, based on a TV soap opera, stars Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, a vampire destined to deal with odd family members, strange lovers, and various supernatural beings. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 113
Theater Release: 11 May 2012
Video Release: 02 Oct 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Dark Shadows Rated PG-13?


Violence: Characters engage in the dark arts. Several characters throw themselves off of a cliff onto the rocks below. A character is buried alive. A vampire’s face, hands and clothing are covered with blood after he kills and drinks the blood of numerous characters. A child is sent to a mental institute by her parents and subjected to electroshock therapy. Another parent deserts a child. Characters secretly dispose of a woman’s body after she is murdered. A man goes through the coat pockets of guests and steals their money and jewelry. An explosion causes a building fire. A home is also engulfed in flames. Characters engage in hand-to-hand fighting. Others are shot, threatened, chocked and attacked with makeshift weapons. Blood is depicted in several scenes. A man and woman engage in a brutal fight and a death results from a fall.

Sexual Content: Couples engage in passionate kissing. Oral sex is implied between a doctor and patient. A woman rubs her hands seductively over a man’s clothed body. A scene of wild sexual activity is depicted although the adults remain clothed. A woman wears provocative clothing. A male character mistakes a teen for a hooker. A man refers to a woman’s “fertile birthing hips”. A woman removes her panties and lays them across a man’s face. Other brief moments of sexual innuendo are included.

Language: The script contains profanities, terms of Deity and scatological slang.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Several characters smoke and drink at home and in social settings. A woman is seen smoking after sex. Several characters are frequently drunk. Young adult characters smoke illegal drugs. Other brief drug references are made.

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