Part of the pagan mumbo jumbo the duo stumbles across on the Internet –– someone needs to tell Alex how to pronounce Hittites –– involves the idea that the victims these particular evil spirits target must be “inviolate.” The ensuing dialogue makes it clear that both Alex and Ben are virgins — his feeble protestations to the contrary notwithstanding.

Both young leads often express their shock or amazement via expletives, however, and –– realistically enough –– Ben likes to indulge in sexual banter of the boastful or wishful-thinking variety. Still, adults in search of enjoyably chilling diversion will continue to find far less to repel them in these proceedings than they would in sequels about doomed dates –– be it “Friday the 13th” or “Halloween.”

The film contains a few scenes of harsh but bloodless violence, some sexual and scatological humor, a few uses of profanity, about 20 rough and crude terms and references to occult hokum. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III –– adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R –– restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service.