I just saw this movie tonight for the first time, in order to prepare for the upcoming and highly (maybe not too highly, but still) promoted prequel coming out, and I was presently surprised. Despite this being one of the most gruesome alien movies I have yet seen, this was well made. Carpenter does a good job of keeping us from knowing just who the thing is, until he decides to reveal it. I recommend it, it's not the best, not by a long shot, but it's still really good. VIOLENCE: Despite the dated effects, this is still one of the most graphic and visceral 80's horror movies you can find (I haven't seen em' all, but I've seen enough). Heads are pulled off, a stomach opens into a gaping mouth that bites off a character's arms, dogs and people rip open as the Thing tries to imitate them. One character goes insane and smashes a room up, and though he does not succeed, he attempts to kill the other characters with a gun and an axe. The same man does succeed in killing the rest of the dogs that the Thing did not get to, and we see one shot of a dead dog with an axe blade resting in its neck. I could go on, but I believe it would be pointless, you should have a pretty good idea of what your in for now. SEXUAL CONTENT: Literally, none. There are no female characters present in this movie, there are no homosexuals, and there is no perverted talk. Literally, and surprisingly, zip. LANGUAGE: Not as bad as say... Scream or the Blair Witch Project, but still very deserving of an R-rating. The "F" and "S" words are used several times, along with God's name in vain, and several other obscenities. Nothing new, but still too harsh for young children. In summary, this movie deserves it's R-rating, so do not by any means disregard it. But if, like me, you have already seen Alien a 1,000,002 times, this movie is a great change of pace. It's not the greatest, and is definetely not the scariest, but it's not bad. It's really not. Just do not let anyone under the age of 14 see it, I really do mean that. :) Thanks for reading!