A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teens overdose on heroin and become vampire-zombies.
Positive Role Models
Lead character is a teen girl peer-pressured into taking heroin by her boyfriend, resulting in their deaths.
Italian horror movie with Italian cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Character commits suicide by slitting their windpipe; blood. Two characters die of a drug overdose. In a car parked in an isolated quarry, an older man attempts to rape a teen girl. Beatings with pipes. Characters shot and killed, shot and injured. Stabbing deaths. Vampire-zombies are chained in a room, beaten, tortured with taser guns. In flashback, a woman is violently beaten and killed by men in a parking garage. Throat biting, with blood and gore. Reckless driving through a perilous mountain pass. Intense grieving of parents mourning the drug overdose death of their daughter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters shown having sex. Some nudity: breasts, female buttocks. Kissing. Sex sounds overheard in a cheap motel room.
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Some strong language throughout, including "f--k." Also "a--holes," "asses," "bitch," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters use heroin and die from an overdose. Cocaine use in a car before an attempted rape. Drinking, cigarette, marijuana smoking in a seedy nightclub. Beer drinking in a pickup truck filled with teens.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Don't Kill Me is a 2022 Italian horror movie in which a young woman becomes a vampire-zombie after dying of a drug overdose. Besides the expected bloody and gory scenes of vampire-zombie killing (throat biting, flesh eating, etc.), there are other violent moments, including a suicide by slitting the windpipe and an attempted rape. Characters are shot and killed, and stabbed. The vampire-zombies are tied up with chains, beaten with pipes, and assaulted with taser guns by a sadistic sect trying to rid the world of them. A flashback scene shows a woman being beaten and killed by men in a parking garage. Two characters die from a heroin overdose. Some nudity is shown (female breasts and buttocks). Sounds of sex are heard while characters are in a cheap motel room. Besides heroin use, cocaine use, drinking, cigarette smoking, and marijuana smoking, there's some strong language throughout, including "f--k," "a--holes," "asses," "bitch," and "damn." 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 so-so horror aimed at teens. Here an innocent young woman lured to her untimely death by a reckless bad boy reemerges as one of a breed of vampire-zombie who stalk the world after violent deaths. The closest Don't Kill Me gets to anything groundbreaking in the vampire-zombie horror story is the introduction of the "Overdead," the aforementioned half-human/half-monsters seeking revenge and sustenance after violent deaths, but even that feels like it's been done before. It's goth-emo in celluloid form, with lots of death-obsession, angst, grimy nightclubs of EDM and dark clothing, peer pressure, parents who just don't understand, and, of course, the bad-boy rebel whose devil-may-care exterior masks a sensitive soul. It would be PG-13 if the violence wasn't so gory and excessive.
It's more style than substance, and the style isn't enough to carry the action. Dark colors, dark souls, contemporary dance music, and Kurt Cobain-style sunglasses only go so far. The story itself is a combination of different teen vampire/zombie movies that have worked in recent years, with some sort of creepy cult shrouded in the kind of mystery one can only get from anything mysterious hailing from the vicinity of the Vatican City for the past few centuries. And yet, the acting isn't bad, and there's something to the direction and production values. Unfortunately, we've seen this all before, and the only thing separating this movie from others is that it's in the Dolomites in Italy instead of the Hollywood Hills.
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