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Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 | 2000 | R | - 9.9.10

Four college fans of The Blair Witch Project take a tourist trip into the famed haunted woods hoping to answer the question: Is the Blair Witch still alive? With Erica Leerhsen, Jeff Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Tristen Syklar and Kim Director. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 9 - Some sexual innuendo, including a reference to oral sex and incest. Passionate kissing. There's a bizarre scene in which men and women take off their clothes and seem to have what might be called a satanic orgy: We see a completely naked woman straddling a skull and moving her hips into it; we see two women kissing each other; and we see a man having intercourse with a woman from the back. A woman and man kiss passionately and begin to have sex (we see no nudity) but the scene stops. A woman starts kissing on a man and it's implied she grabs his penis and stimulates it with her hand. A man grabs a woman's breast. Several shots of a woman's bare buttocks and bare breasts. We see a fully naked woman on a video monitor several times; her bare breasts, buttocks and pubic hair are visible. We see a man's bare buttocks and briefly seem to glimpse his pubic hair (we see the scene through a black and white video camera's perspective). We see a woman's bare breasts very clearly in three back-to-back shots on a television monitor. We see several scenes of bare buttocks; sometimes they're male, sometimes they're female and sometimes it's just not clear what gender the person is (because we only see the backside). A woman wanders in the woods in her underwear; her breasts are clearly visible. We see the breasts of a female corpse.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - We see a close-up of a knife slicing through a person's throat and then blood oozes out. Several times we see a hand holding a knife and stabbing a person's chest or back repeatedly. A man is hit in the head several times with an unidentifiable object and we see blood. Several times many characters lift up their shirts to show they have bloody cuts all over their bodies. We see a knife going up and down and hear a woman's cry but see no blood. In what seems to be a dream, we see a bloody baby in water and it's implied the mother killed it (at least she psychologically killed it). A woman has blood all over her crotch and on her cheeks from having a miscarriage. A woman wraps a rope around her neck and a man pushes her off some scaffolding; we see her body dangling from the noose (this is shown a few times). A man's head begins to burn from electrical wires that are attached to it. A woman eats a bird and has blood all over her mouth. We see several shots of bodies being whipped and tied with rope, causing bloody slash marks, rope burns and deep cuts. Five people are killed and we see pictures of the corpses (clothed but apparently disemboweled). A woman chokes another woman and then slams her head onto a counter a few times. A woman slaps a man. Talk of killing several children. Several ghosts appear, most of whom are children. We hear children crying in pain but don't see them. A tube is put up a man's nose. Several times white foam oozes out of a man's mouth. A needle slowly goes into a man's arm. A van crashes into a tree. Talk of beheading. A bird crashes through a window. A man is put in a straightjacket and locked in a padded room; he runs into the walls and falls on the floor screaming several times.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 40 F-words, many anatomical and scatological references, many obscenities, several religious obscenities, and many insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Witches, drug use, casual sex, evil, ghosts, media influence, group hysteria, fanaticism, murder, sadism, abortion.

MESSAGE - Violence in the media inspires violence in real life -- but not really (this movie's supposed to be self-referentially ironic).

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