A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Graphic violence throughout, often inflicted on women by men. Ultimately the movie is pitting good versus evil, in the most traditional, biblical sense.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are fugitives, hiding from violent soldiers called the "Exterminators." The fugitives display great courage in the face of danger, and teamwork as they seek to survive, together. The female characters are on the receiving end of violence throughout the film, but there are women who remain incredibly strong -- particularly that of Bionda -- more so than their male counterparts.
Violence & Scariness
A global plague has destroyed much of the world. Violence is frequent and graphic in its depiction. The movie opens with a character impaling another, with the weapon penetrating their chest. Other characters are choked, and crucified, their hands nailed to the cross. There are various deaths, often with force, sometimes with supernatural powers. Blood drips from the mouth of the victims. Dead bodies are seen on the ground after a mass killing. There is one graphic sequence where a character puts their hand into another's chest, before pulling out their heart, which they then hold aloft. Characters drink blood. A character is shot. Some depiction of self-harm.
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A use of the word "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink blood, not alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crucified is an incredibly gory Italian post-apocalyptic horror with scenes of extreme violence, including crucifixions. A group of male and female fugitives must escape not only a ruthless killing squad, but also avoid evil supernatural powers. Much of the frequent and graphic violence is inflicted by men on women. Female victims are choked, impaled, and nailed to crosses while still alive. One character has their heart ripped from their chest. There is an empowering female lead in Bionda (Cinzia Monreale), who is stronger than anybody else, and other characters do display positive traits such such as courage and teamwork. But there is an undeniable fetishism for violence against women that is hard to look past. Gunshots are fired and there are also deaths by supernatural forces. The death-toll is high, and there is much blood to be seen, often seeping out of the mouth of a murdered victim. One character is seen cutting her own arm in one sequence. There are no sexual references, nor nudity, and the language is tame, bar one use of the word "bastard." The movie was previously known as Everybloody's End. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's been three decades since Italian filmmaker Claudio Lattanzi helmed a feature film, and regrettably his rustiness infects this production, much like the plague does his fictional population. Above anything else, Crucified's hackneyed story is something seen all too often, and it's not helped by a mediocre screenplay, and below-par performances. It's a shame as the opening act brings about some hope; setting up a potentially baroque, gothic horror that would follow in the long lineage of stylized Italian movies of this very nature. But it soon becomes a cliched all-too-familiar pandemic movie.
It does pick up toward the latter stages, and the final act is completely bizarre, which could frustrate some, but at least it attempts something different. On the plus side, the movie has a strong atmospheric quality -- a sombre, almost industrious grey that fills the screen with no sense of hope and provides a claustrophobic tone. But sadly it's not enough to save this film from tedium, even at just 72 minutes long.
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