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SCARED STIFF (1987)

SCARED STIFF <span>(1987)</span> artwork

SCARED STIFF (1987)

Approx. Running minutes 82

Release dates 01/04/2019

Ratings Info strong violence, gore, discriminatory references

Genre(s) Horror, Fantasy

Director(s) Richard S. Friedman

Cast includes David Ramsey, Nicole Fortier, Andrew Stevens, Mary Page Keller, Josh Segal, Jackie David

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 22/03/2019

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

SCARED STIFF is a 1987 US horror film in which a family's new home is haunted by the ghost of a nineteenth century slave owner.

Violence

Characters are stabbed and a woman’s throat is slit, all resulting in strong bloody detail. Milder violence includes a scene of domestic abuse when a man repeatedly slaps a woman and tears her corset, then strikes a little boy, all without strong visual detail.

Injury detail

A monstrous creature’s face disintegrates, causing its jaw to fall off and its eyes to slide out. A man removes the top of his own head to reveal his pulsing brain. An accidental hanging is followed by shots of the dead body in various states of decomposition.

Discrimination

There is repeated focus on a lamp in the form of a distorted caricature of a Native American man. A scene set at a 19th century slave market features racist language including infrequent use of the term ‘nigger’. There are also outdated depictions of patients at a psychiatric unit.

Occasional moderate ‘jump scare’ moments include appearances by werewolf-like creatures. A brief scene shows a man wailing in pain or distress as he undergoes electroconvulsive therapy. A moderate scene of sex shows a couple kissing and embracing in a shower, without visible nudity. Infrequent mild bad language includes ‘shit’ and ‘bullshit’.

Details

Title
SCARED STIFF
Year
1987
Formats
DVD
Distributor(s)
CBS/Fox Video Ltd,Arrow Film Distributors Ltd
Classified date(s)
15/02/2019
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZV079408

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