No real positive messages in this classic horror movie.
Frequent nightmarish horror imagery: the bloodied corpses of two twin girls known to have been murdered with an axe several years ago, rivers of blood gush through the elevators of the lobby, an elderly man with a hatchet in his head and blood dripping down his face. In real-time moments, a man is killed when another man strikes him in the chest with an axe. A man who has lost his mind attempts to kill his wife and child with an axe. His wife knocks him unconscious by hitting him in the head with a baseball bat.
Full-frontal nudity -- an attractive young woman turns into an elderly woman with rotting skin. Implied oral sex in a sequence of nightmarish imagery involving someone dressed in an animal costume and the bartender. A painting of a nude woman prominently displayed in the apartment of the hotel chef.
"N" word used in one scene. "F--k." "A--holes." "Goddamn." "Hell."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters smoke cigarettes. Cigar smoking. Talk of Jack's alcoholic past; in scenes in which Jack's nightmarish delusions are brought to life, he drinks whiskey in the hotel ballroom.