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Rise: Blood Hunter Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Torturous vampire bloodbath is a waste for all.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this vampire movie is extremely violent and gory. It's packed with bloody scenes and brutal murders (courtesy of guns, stakes, a crossbow, and more). Both men and women are depicted as deranged savages who will stop at nothing to satisfy their bloodlust, and naked, vulnerable females are treated as sex objects and victims in scene after scene (breasts are frequently visible). Language includes "f--k" and "s--t," and there's some drinking and smoking. But, really, the main concern here is the nonstop violence, from vampire blood-sucking to a severed head in a trash bag.

  • Families can talk about pop culture's fascination with vampires, from movies to books to TV shows. Why are vampires so often associated with sex? What are their other typical traits when they show up in the media? What's their role in folklore? Families can also discuss who the movie's target audience is and what the filmmakers were trying to accomplish. What do you think the main goal is? Is it achieved? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The main character is depicted as a good person forced to perform murderous acts to survive. She sacrifices her moral code to destroy the evil around her. Women are portrayed as victims of sexual predators and torturers and become sexual predators themselves. Many characters have succumbed to bloodlust and relish the mayhem. One of the vampires is disabled and meets a savage end.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Extreme violence, bloodletting, gore, stabbings. An early scene shows a naked female alive, hanging by her feet and screaming for mercy. Frequent vampire blood-sucking; bodies hanging from meat hooks; killing and maiming with guns, crossbow, stakes; severed head in trash bag.

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    Sex: Partial female nudity throughout, with breasts fully visible in many scenes. Hanging nude bodies (male and female) serve as background in several scenes. All sexual behavior leads to vampire bloodlust and, usually, death.

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    Language: Frequent strong swearing, including "f--k" and "s--t."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking in bar scenes; visible evidence that a grieving policeman is an alcoholic; some smoking.