A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dumb and horrific actions simply lead to more dumb and horrific actions, with no real lessons learned.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models. One adult character tries to be responsible around the kids but eventually becomes a danger, and the other adult simply makes irresponsible decisions. Even the kids here aren't innocent.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting; a character is shot. Another character puts a gun in her mouth, pulls the trigger. Blood spatters, trails of blood shown. Dog freezes to death (frozen corpse shown). Dead body shown. Sleepwalking character slaps little girl; some blood. Children in peril. Horror footage from The Thing (1982) shown on TV. Disturbing video about cult leader includes discussion of suicide. Character falls through thin ice. Creepy nightmare sequences/sudden, loud noises. Unsettling imagery.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As a woman showers, the outline of her body is visible through an opaque door. Bare breasts visible after she gets out. A couple kisses and laughs together in bed.
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A few uses of "f--k" and "f---ing."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character relies on some kind of prescription medication. A character drinks wine before dying via suicide. Character takes an Alka-Seltzer-like remedy after clearing away empty wine glasses; bottle visible on counter (possible hangover?). Characters have wine with dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lodge is a horror/thriller movie about sinister things happening to two kids and their soon-to-be-stepmother while they're stuck in a remote, snowbound lodge. Violence includes guns and shooting, characters dying/dead bodies shown (including a frozen dog), blood spatters/trails, children in peril, and other unsettling, spooky imagery. A woman's bare breasts are seen after she gets out of the shower, and her naked body is somewhat visible through the shower's opaque door. Two people kiss and giggle together in bed. Language includes a few uses of "f--k" (or "f---ing"), and a character seems to depend on prescription pills. Characters drink wine in several scenes; one drinks just before dying via suicide. Another scene suggests that a character may be nursing a hangover. The movie's setup isn't very smart, but the story is well told, and the film is moody and icily paced; it should appeal to sophisticated horror hounds. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Its silly setup aside, this ice-cold chiller has a confident command of every frame, using its creeping-dread rhythm and unsettling sound design to unfold a wry, brutal story in the cleverest way. Coming from Austrian filmmaking team Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, whose Goodnight Mommy (2014) had a similar horror dynamic (two unreliable kids in a house with an unsound adult), The Lodge is a very promising English-language debut. Though it's difficult to forgive Richard for thinking it's a good idea to send his kids and his girlfriend to a remote, frozen lodge where anything could go wrong, it's easy to forgive the filmmakers because of where they go from there.
Fiala and Franz cook up a scenario that could, truthfully, go any which way, and they effectively balance their slow suspense with startling shocks. Even after a major clue drops, they keep their juggling act going until the horrifying final shot. Running through The Lodge is an undercurrent of commentary on religious hypocrisy and persecution, mainly connected to Grace's backstory. But the filmmakers keep their focus mainly on the story, the characters, and the movie's desperate mood. The child actors' performances are good, but it's Keough who really impresses: She keeps things constantly off-balance with her genuine, uncertain sense of torment and terror.
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