Catwoman

Catwoman, in spite of the fact that it’s supposedly based on a DC comic book character, and it’s pg-13 rating, is about as bloodless as a comic book movie could get. There is absolutely no gory violence in the movie, and the deaths are either offscreen, or shown with very little attention and fanfare. Two of the four character deaths involve simple gunshot wounds and scratch-marks, one involves drowning, and the fourth involves a very unrealistic look at falling off a great height. In fact, the main villain’s ability is that her skin can’t be cut, which would suggest a lack of blood or gore for her character. The death scene involving falling off a building is as most movies do it, with the character’s body just dropping and going still, and is barely reflected on. In the beginning of the movie, a brief moment where a woman supposedly with severe burn scars appears, but the CG isn’t quite good enough to make it look as disturbingly realistic as it was probably supposed to be. There are a few mentions of satanism in the opening credits, and quickly flashed by during a web search, but these have absolutely nothing to do with the plot, and are only there to show the impact of cats throughout history. I would wonder exactly how a comic book film like this got a PG-13 rating with absolutely no violence, but something tells me that Catwoman’s outfit may have had something to do with it. Overall, Catwoman is very safe to watch for anyone with anxieties, but I honestly can’t recommend it as a good movie.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

TMNT 2014 is surprisingly easy to view, in spite of the childhood-scarring cgi that makes up most of it. Now, while I can pick on the cgi for the turtles all I want, that’s not what I’m here for. But, in all respects, TMNT is very easy to watch for when it comes to most anxiety triggers. The violence that does happen onscreen is almost entirely happening to cgi creatures, which are very easy to distinguish from the human characters. While there are one or two scenes that involve humans not covered by outrageously pointy armor being injured. During a scene where the Shredder is training, he snaps the hand of someone fighting against him, and does beat the crap out of him, but still in a way that seems very PG-13, as the movie is rated. A later scene involves a random mook being poisoned by mutagen. The mook’s skin then proceeds to be melted off his body as he dies, in a way that makes me wonder how on Earth that managed to be included in a Nickelodeon movie. The scene would probably scare a young child considerably, as well as anyone with anxieties about gore. As far as the rest of the movie, there’s a lot of blood that gets medically drained out of the bodies of the turtles, but the rest is mostly bloodless and without needless gore. However, I do recommend skipping past the gas-testing scene if you have a young child, or get queasy by that kind of thing.

Mad Max Fury Road

Fury Road, as expected of a Mad Max movie, can often have very jarring and violent moments. Some of the most prominent ones include several jarring scenes of dying people, the death of a pregnant woman, and the enslavement of women. While not shown onscreen, there is implied rape of the female characters. Most of the movie is made up of characters dying, and the bloodiness varies depending on the scene. Due to the fact that a lot of the intense scenes are done without the use of CGI, it’s possible that one may find them more intense than when done with special effects. For the most part, the blood isn’t focused on, but there is a shocking amount of cruelty and abuse towards women in this film that may trigger unfortunate thoughts or memories for some people. Overall, there’s a lot going on in this movie, and it’s difficult to tell exactly what scenes would be objectionable for certain viewers, as everyone is completely different in what makes them uncomfortable. Suffice it to say, there is a lot of violence towards women, blood, and intense scenes of violence.

Toy Story 3

As expected of a Pixar movie, Toy Story 3 is completely bloodless, focusing exclusively on toys who cannot bleed. However, there are many scenes in this film that could startle or even scare both younger and older viewers. One particular character I feel requires attention would be a cymbal-playing monkey who appears occasionally in a darkened room. While the monkey itself is exceptionally creepy, one animator probably had a field day designing exactly what his childhood nightmares looked like, the monkey also has a jumpscare midway through the movie that would probably give any viewer a shock. Also, there is a baby doll that acts as the main villain’s bodyguard that certainly made me look at my American Girl baby doll awkwardly for the rest of the month. Near the end of the film as well, there is a very disturbing scene that tackles the fears of a fiery death with no escape. Viewers who aren’t used to, or aren’t expecting such imagery, may find issue with the scene, as the threat of an agonizing death is present, but all characters involved clearly accept it in a way that may cause some to associate it with suicide. As for the other scenes, most are tame, as long as you’re used to seeing exaggeration of the behaviors of children, but please be warned that some of these scenes can be startling on their own. Pixar has always been very good at startling their audiences, and I truly believe that Toy Story 3 is no exception.