A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Horror movie from Finland.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror movie scares and disturbing, creepy imagery throughout. After a crow flies into a house and breaks various valuables, a mother kills the bird by breaking its neck. A daughter later kills another crow, injured and shrieking in the woods, by bashing it repeatedly with a rock. Decapitated dog discovered. Tween girl shown in hospital after a mysterious attack leaves her face clawed and scarred and one of her hands cut off. Stabbing death, with blood. Man's hand slammed and trapped in a door. A disturbing scene involving a creature with an axe approaching a baby's crib.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A mother has an open affair with the family's handyman.
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Young boy calls his sister a "s--thead."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hatching is a 2022 Finnish horror movie in which a tween girl gets more than she bargained for after bringing home a bird's egg from the woods. There are some disturbing scenes involving animals, including a scene in which a mother breaks the neck of a crow that flies into her home, a tween who puts an injured crow in the woods out of its misery by bashing its skull repeatedly with a rock, and a discovery of the decapitated body of the neighbor's dog. There are also moments of creepy horror imagery and supernatural violence, including an attack that leaves a tween in the hospital with her face scarred with claw marks and a hand torn off. There's a stabbing death with blood shown. A disturbing scene involves a creature with an axe approaching a baby's crib. The lead character's mother is having an affair with the handyman. Lead character's younger brother calls her a "s--thead." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a spooky, unsettling Finnish horror movie that also comments on the facades lurking beneath appearances, particularly appearances in suburbia. Hatching can be enjoyed simply as a monster story, but there are obvious themes at work here, and director Hanna Bergholm offers pointed commentary on the plastic smiles of surface-level perfection (exemplified by the wicked smile of the image-conscious mother, perfectly portrayed by Sophia Heikkilä), the stark contrast between public image and the reality behind the closed doors, parents who push way too hard and expect their kids to overachieve, and perhaps a really odd tween coming-of-age story. Or, again, if you don't want to read that much into it, this could just be a tale of a monster that goes after the perceived enemies of its "mother."
There are exaggerated archetypes, exaggerated symbolism (giant egg that breaks through the teddy bear that it was placed inside to keep warm while still a normal sized egg, for instance), and exaggerated fashion choices (the dad's taste in clothing isn't really needed to convey that he's a passive cuckold in this story), and it all somehow works. It's the menace lurking throughout the story that helps to keep it entertaining, and when the payoffs to the suspense happen, the images are truly unnerving. They make all of this look easy, but as so many horror movies prove, it's not easy to make a horror movie this weird and fun to watch.
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