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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in surreal horror.
Positive Role Models
Characters resort to either violence and/or the occult to solve their problems.
Violence & Scariness
Violent surreal imagery and content throughout. Characters shot and killed. Stabbings. Fighting with punches, kicks, brass knuckles. During a restaurant robbery, man is stabbed in his hand, women hit in the side of the head with a wine bottle. Woman with sharp fang-like teeth nibbles on a man's neck. Women tied up and held prisoner. Man shakes and slaps a woman.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters shown having sex. Brief full-frontal female nudity. Hotel desk clerk offers to help lead character find a prostitute for the night. Some of the characters are prostitutes.
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Profanity includes "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Alcohol and wine drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dark Forces (aka Fuego Negro) is a 2020 horror movie in which an underworld criminal stays in a bizarre hotel while searching for his missing sister. It's in Spanish with English subtitles. Nightmarish, violent, and surreal imagery throughout, including phallic-looking worms. Characters shot and killed. During a robbery of a restaurant, one character is stabbed in the hand, and another is hit in the head with a wine bottle. Fighting with punches, kicks, brass knuckles. Man shown slapping and shoving a woman. Characters shown having sex; full-frontal female nudity. Profanity, including "f--k." Hotel clerk tells main character that she can send a prostitute to his room if he so desires. Cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Dark Forces is a Mexican horror film that ultimately comes across as a pretentious attempt at occupying the same space as the movies of David Lynch and David Cronenberg. Surreal, nightmarish, strange-looking people under artsy lighting and a hideous, phallic-like worm creature are the hallmarks of this effort. Like a juggling unicyclist taking up the sidewalk in some "hipster" neighborhood of a big city, it doesn't take long for the movie to feel like it's trying a little too hard to be "different." The style and the "weirdness" grow tiresome, especially when the style begins to serve as a cover for what's otherwise a flimsy story.
The "bad boy on a motorcycle," the equating of a person with albinism with mystical powers, the talk of a "full moon," etc. all prove that the surreal can have just as many (if not more) cliches as any movie taken from "real life." Obviously, there's nothing wrong with trying to make a movie with a unique style and sensibility, but when the style overwhelms the substance, and the very style draws a little too heavily on the styles of other films, it loses anything that might make it actually unique. What you get is pretentiousness, and that's what mars Dark Forces from beginning to end.
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