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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie uses story to address concerns and themes such as gentrification, change, growing older, greed, addiction, and coming of age in a challenging family situation. Community means more than streets, buildings, and businesses -- it's the people.
Positive Role Models
Lupita is a senior citizen in a gentrifying area that she cares about deeply. Like others in her community, she's resistant to change, but learns to appreciate the true meaning of "community."
Diverse cast in terms of age, race, and ethnicity. Senior citizen characters, while cranky and feisty at times, are fully-developed characters rather than lazy, ageist stereotypes.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror movie violence, blood, and gore. A man greedily chews slimy bingo balls until he chokes to death. Gunshots. A man injects a large needle into his neck and injects heroin before he foams at the mouth, shakes in convulsions, and dies. A man possessed by evil chugs motor oil in his garage before sticking his hands into the fan of a running engine -- a lot of blood before he dies. Lupita slices her wrist after breaking into a house to try and track down a missing neighbor -- deep cut graphically shown. A group of mostly senior citizens beat down a bad guy with a rifle butt, punches, and kicks as he's beaten to a pulp. A woman's head is forced against a podium after she's knocked around and bloodied.
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Frequent profanity, including "motherf--ker" and "f--k." Also: "c--ksucker," "bulls--t," "cats--t," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "damn," "goddamn," "ass."
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Products & Purchases
Man showing drinking from clearly-labeled Budweiser bottle.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigar, cigarillo, and cigarette smoking. Beer, whiskey, and tequila drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bingo Hell is a 2021 horror-dark comedy in which senior citizens in a rapidly-changing neighborhood confront a force eviler than gentrification in their local bingo hall. Expect some blood and gore, including a man who meets a bloody death after sticking his hands into the fan of an engine in his garage, a man who chokes to death while gorging on slimy bingo balls, a woman who rips her skin into bloody strips that fall to the floor, and a bloody beatdown involving rifle butts, punches, and kicks. A man shoots a giant needle into his neck, shakes while foaming at the mouth, then falls to the floor dead. A woman's head is forced against a podium after she's knocked around and bloodied. Gunshots. Frequent profanity, including "motherf--ker" and "f--k." Tequila, whiskey, and beer drinking. Cigar, cigarillo, and cigarette smoking. In terms of positives, the movie shows a diverse cast of fully-developed senior citizen characters, and addresses topics like gentrification, community, change, addiction, and coming of age with a single or absent parent. 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 an engaging horror-comedy that's as entertaining as it is thoughtful. Bingo Hell shows that with a strong story, something deeper to communicate, and excellent acting, a movie's relatively low budget means nothing. (If only other horror moviemakers would take note of this.) Centered primarily on fully-developed and diverse senior citizen characters who are trying to make sense of the gentrification rapidly taking over their once gritty but tightknit community, Bingo Hell makes pointed commentary on accepting change, gentrification, greed, and addiction, among other things. Led by feisty abuela Lupita, these seniors, while certainly prone to being cranky and cantankerous, aren't the helpless, doddering stereotypes often conveyed in movies and TV, and it's refreshing to see seniors take the lead roles in a horror movie as opposed to the twentysomethings playing teenagers that are such a standard of typical horror fare.
Yes, there's a decent amount of blood, gore, and gross-out moments, as this is a horror movie, after all, but unlike so many other horror movies, it isn't used as a way to supersede weak story or overwhelm everything else going on. The story comes first. But not only that, the characters also matter, and they're not mere fodder for bloody death. It's funny without being smug, bloody without being gory, thoughtful without being preachy. It's probably not for all horror movie fans, but Bingo Hell does offer as much brain and heart as it does blood and guts.
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