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Creature Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    31

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    The six actors in the central, edible roles seem as if they could have pulled off a "Scream"-like satire, but since they weren't asked to, there's nothing much for them to do but follow the clearly visible paths to their doom.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There is a perverse enjoyment to be had from something this cheesy, although not enough of one that I can recommend sitting through it. Still, as bad as Creature is, it can be fun, although the level of enjoyment is probably in direct proportion to the viewer's level of intoxication.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    With dependably creepy character actor Sid Haig to goose things along as leader of the locals, Creature is delightfully dopey.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Derivative horror movie is violent and depraved.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this horror film about a group of young adults who visit a creepy old house where a hideous man-monster is supposed to have lived has a high body count. There's lots of blood and gore, and much of the violence comes from humans threatening and/or attacking one another with weapons. One scene shows a person eating human body parts. There's full-frontal nudity as well as some perverse sexual situations, including a relationship between a brother and sister. The main characters (who may be of age but may not) drink beer and wine and smoke pot. Language includes multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t."

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does it compare to other horror movies you've seen? 
  • Is the movie scary? Do you think the goal is to scare, shock, or both?
  • How does the movie portray sex? Why do you think so many horror movies mix sex and violence?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Most of the movie is about terrible behavior. The movie seems fascinated by all this creepy, depraved stuff, and the voices of reason are eventually drowned out.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The majority of the characters behave badly, enabling the creature, killing each other, and otherwise engaging in debauchery. Only one character shows some bravery, but he also resorts to brutal violence, and his efforts don't add up to much.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Perhaps the most disturbing sequence takes place during a flashback, when a man kills a giant gator and begins eating the discarded human body parts nearby. Lots of monster attacks, as well as a surprising number of incidents with humans threatening, attacking, and thrashing upon one another. A few severed body parts, and lots of spurting blood.

  • sex false5

    Sex: The movie opens with a scene of full-frontal nudity as a woman goes swimming in the swamp. Two more women are seen topless. In a flashback, a man is shown to be in a romantic relationship with his young teen sister. In perhaps the most shocking scene, a teen girl manually stimulates a boy (the "action" is out of frame). The same teen boy tries to seduce another teen girl, but fails (though they kiss). Another couple has sex in the woods, though entirely off screen; viewers only see the foreplay. Additional kissing and some innuendo.

  • language false4

    Language: Language includes frequent use of words like "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "ass," "hell," "goddamn," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation). Characters give each other the middle finger.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: One scene takes place in a store, and some brand names are visible in the background.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Young people (possibly of age, possibly not) drink beer and wine and smoke pot around a campfire. A couple of hillbillies drink beer -- and some kind of homemade liquor -- until they're stumbling drunk.

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