A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme and graphic peril and violence
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit sexual references
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Some strong and salty language
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character abuses liquor, drinking and smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is intensely scary and violent. Characters use very strong language and make explicit and graphic sexual references. One character abuses alcohol, and many drink and smoke. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The film is a mishmash, but there's something in it to scare the bejeebers out of just about everyone. Be ready for yuckiness, gore, creepiness, intense peril, and good, old-fashioned jump-out-at-you surprises. Dreamcatcher isn't Stephen King's best book, and it's far from the best screenplay produced by either Lawrence Kasden or William Goldman. But the four main actors are all exceptionally appealing in this story, and the art direction and cinematography are top-notch. The film's weakest aspect is Kurtz's secret operation. Even the masterful Freeman can't quite make that character work, and the attempt to create a parallel between the peril created by the outside force and the peril from within does not work, either.
While parts of the plot are lackluster, as I watched this movie the audience reaction sounded like they were on a roller-coaster ride, a good sign in a scary movie. It's not a classic like Carrie or The Shining, but it is a nicely done scarefest, and achieves its modest ambitions.
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