What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this stylish, blood-soaked drama with lots of sex is definitely not for kids. It's spooky and tense throughout as beautiful vampires lure numerous victims to their deaths by strangulation, stabbing, and more. Sexual activity is used as foreplay to murder from the opening scenes until the final resolution. There is partial female nudity (including multiple shots of bare breasts), oral sex, erotic dancing and seduction, and lesbian sex. Occasional coarse language is heard, including "f--k." Characters smoke heavily throughout, consume alcohol, and quaaludes are mentioned. Though vampire movies continue to appeal to a mass audience, particularly teens, this film is very different from the tame, romantic, and idealized vampirism of the Twilight series and others like it.
- Families can talk about teens' continuing fascination with horror movies (and specifically vampires) in film, books, and television. What do you think is so appealing about the genre?
- Why do so many horror movies combine sex with violence? What is the effect of watching this combination? What is the appeal?