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Dave White Profile

Will put your soul to sleep. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Messier than a murder scene. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Adam Markovitz

    Wes Craven's first new movie in five years is a brainless, joyless, and yes, you might even say, soulless teen slasher.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Mike Hale

    A thoroughly dreary, by-the-numbers exercise.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Dull, talk-heavy snoozer that most closely resembles something that would show up on the CW network.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Lots of bloody slashing in Wes Craven's violent chiller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this supernatural slasher about a serial killer who may have returned from the dead is full of slicing and dicing, with gallons of blood on display. There are also two instances in which adults hit teens. Language is quite strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There are some sexual situations, including one involving teen pregnancy, but not much is shown onscreen. Most of the lead characters are 16, and the movie is being presented in 3-D (which, of course, makes everything that much more intense), so it's primed for teen consumption.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How did it affect you? How does its impact compare to that in other horror movies you've seen?
  • Is the movie scary? What makes it a horror movie? Does it have supernatural elements, or is it more about the suspense?
  • How does Bug grow and change over the course of the film? Does he learn to become a grown-up during his ordeal? Does he learn to take on responsibility?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Although you could argue that the movie has a subtle message about growing up, any positive take-away is lost amid the brutal slayings.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: In the movie's first scene, Bug cowers during a ritual that's supposed to test his bravery. He also takes a beating from the school bully. But over the course of the film, he learns confidence and responsibility; first he pretends these things, but eventually -- after learning more about his childhood -- they come naturally and truthfully. In the end, he's a kind of hero.

What to watch for
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    Violence: This slasher movie is filled with plenty of slicing, dicing, and stabbing with lots of sharp instruments. Several teens, a pregnant woman, and others fall under the killer's blade, with gallons of blood and gore on display. (The killer even tries to stab himself in one scene.) There's also a car crash, an explosion, and some other frightening imagery. A stepfather punches his teen son in the stomach, and a woman slaps a teen girl's face.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Viewers learn that a 16-year-old boy has impregnated a 15-year-old girl. Nothing is shown, but the incident is discussed. Two characters enter the woods with the possible intention of having sex, but nothing happens. Teens are shown having crushes on one another, but it doesn't go much further (no kissing, flirting, etc.).

  • language false4

    Language: Many uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "c--t," "p---y," "hell," "goddamn," "damn," "ass," "butt," "Jesus," "asshole," "oh my God," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An adult drinks a beer; references to drinking.