A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Positive Role Models
Includes old stereotype of a "sassy black maid."
Violence & Scariness
Extreme peril and gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Strong language throughout.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the violence is extreme and very gory, with lots of blood and many graphic injuries. There is strong language throughout and one of the ghosts appears as a nude woman. 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 big-budget remake is a huge waste of time and talent. Basically this is a "boo!" movie. People get surprised by ghosts and get attacked by them. They run away and get chased by ghosts. They say a lot of cornball lines like, "Who are you to play God?" and "Wait right here!" And then they get chased and attacked again. No one seems to have paid much attention to the script. They mention that Arthur is a math professor, but then show him counting on his fingers. And a scene that requires Kathy to stay in the bathroom for quite a while leaves Shannon Elizabeth with nothing to do but stroke her hair and splash water on her face. The original had a dumb script, but it was unpretentious enough that it was more fun to watch than this mess. The remake steals from classics like The Shining, Poltergeist, and The Uninvited and still manages to be more tedious than scary. F. Murray Abraham should hock his Oscar before he ever agrees to do something like this again. The Maggie character is particularly offensive. The "sassy black maid" stereotype went out of style more than 50 years ago.
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