Parents' Guide to

The Lodge

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Clever, ice-cold, chilling horror movie with kids in peril.

Movie R 2020 108 minutes
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good but confusing

if you like spooky or dark type movies this can be one to consider. idk if it was just me but i did find the plot kind of confusing. not the best thriller but not the worst one either. parents / guardians beware there are scenes involving suicide, dead bodies , showing a woman’s bare breasts and plot is based around some religious topics

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 7, 2020
  • On DVD or streaming: May 5, 2020
  • Cast: Riley Keough , Jaeden Martell , Richard Armitage
  • Directors: Veronika Franz , Severin Fiala
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Asian actors
  • Studio: Neon
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 108 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing violence, some bloody images, language and brief nudity
  • Last updated: May 18, 2023

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