A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Don't rehab a house that dates back to the Spanish Inquisition. "We may not understand it, but that doesn't mean it isn't real."
Positive Role Models
Parents who lose their child to drowning hear the child's voice from the dead asking for help, and assume that they can rescue him from some post-death plight. This requires they believe in unlikely paranormal phenomena.
Violence & Scariness
A woman drives off the road and is impaled on a tree branch because an evil fly deliberately guided her to self destruct. The bloody aftermath is seen in close-up. A small boy draws pictures predicting violent events. Although he can swim, he drowns in a pool in the middle of the night. A man sees a "ghost" and she convinces him to slit his own wrists. Profuse bleeding is shown, but he's rescued. He's stabbed by his daughter when she's under the influence of angry ghosts, but she recovers and so does he. A man sustains a bloody wound on his hand. A man shoots himself out of grief and guilt. His bloody body is seen. Under the influence of ghosts, a woman puts a rope around her neck and throws herself off a balcony. Flashbacks reveal Inquisitors tortured women in the name of religion.
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"F--k," "s--t," and "bitch."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Don't Listen is a 2020 Spanish-language horror film (with English subtitles) also known as Voces. Eerie music, buzzing killer flies, bodies of the Holy Inquisition victims, and absurd interior logic all conspire to provide major scares and intense, graphic, bloody scenes. Wrongly murdered "witches" from hundreds of years back wreak revenge on innocents, turning them into murderers and suicide victims. Expect to be subjected to stabbings, self mutilation, suicide by gun and hanging, and lots of whispery voices of the dead delivered via walkie-talkie static. Language includes "f--k," "s--t" and "bitch." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For horror lovers, Don't Listen fulfills all expectations in terms of eerie music, clanging sound effects, menacing ghostly appearances, and bloody results. However, in terms of making sense, this fails on every level. Why do souls tortured hundreds of years ago by religious fanatics need to wreak revenge on an innocent family that happened to move into the wrong house? Dunno.
The good news is that the absurdity shouldn't bother viewers longing to spend time with an extremely disturbing film that delivers lots of scares and things that go bump in the night. The effects are convincing even when the plot isn't, and performances and direction are well executed. If a viewer chooses not to question the faulty premises on which every action is based, this can provide a diverting 98 minutes of gore and heart-stoppers.
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