What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie nearly got an NC-17 rating for violence. Be aware especially that the "unrated" home-video editions contain the extra frames of bloodshed, usually mutilation by knife. Despite the (often foulmouthed) dialogue's flirtation with self-awareness and satire, the gore here really comes across as intended -- brutal and intense.
- Families can talk about why the film was so popular.
- Do fans consider it a realistic movie, a dark comedy, or a hip whodunit with post-modern twists?
- Why are teens in particular so interested in horror movies?
- Families can talk about how the teenagers are protrayed. What kind of role models are they?