It has been reported this remake of the 1981 horror film initially received an NC-17 before it was trimmed for an R. However, this is still an extremely violent and gory film. Parents should take this rating very seriously.
The movie tells of five young people going to a cabin in the woods, where one of the group hopes to kick her heroin addiction. Once they are there, one of them foolishly reads from a book and unleashes a demon that begins to take them out, one-at-a-time.
There are no real positive messages or role models in this movie, save for the fact four of these people are at the cabin to help their friend. The violence is near relentless. At the start, a young girl is attacked, beaten and set on fire. Once at the cabin, after one of the hapless characters unleashes the demon, the characters are subjected to an overwhelming amount of torture. One character slices her face with a shard of glass, with the camera lingering on the gory aftermath. She later has her head smashed with a toilet lid. Another girl slices her arm off with an electric knife. Moments later, the arm falls off with the usual gory results. A nail gun is used as a weapon multiple times. A character has her hand pinned under a vehicle, forcing her to pull until it rips off while the camera makes sure to catch every detail. While possessed, a character uses a box knife to slice her tongue in half. The demon transfers to two characters by spitting blood into their mouths. Another character is beaten repeatedly with a crowbar, after he has been shot multiple times by the previously mentioned nail gun. A dog is briefly shown being killed with a hammer.
Language, while not as constant as the violence is still typical for this time of movie. F---, s---, c---, b---- and variations of these words are used throughout the course of the film and some are seen in written form inside of the discovered book.
The female lead is seen smoking in her first scene and later she disposes of what is clearly her stash of drugs. Her behavior after her possession is mistaken for withdrawals in the first half of the movie.
There is some sexual material. The demon possess one character when it takes the form of a black slime which then crawls up between the girl's legs. One of the possessed girls crawls on top of another female character, sniffs her inner thighs then possess her by kissing her with a mouthful of blood.
With the recent onslaught of possession and haunted house movies, mostly notably the "Paranormal Activity" films, parents have children who will want to see this, especially if their children are in high school. However, unlike those films or the films of the like that have been released since, this is clearly an extremely brutal film that goes well beyond the jump scares of the "Activity" films, "Insidious" or "Sinister".