A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in nonsensical horror movie about exorcisms, demons, and madness.
Positive Role Models
Lead character is a priest with a drinking problem who kills his wife after he discovers her burning sage over their daughter with a disability.
One of the lead characters is someone with a disability.
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Violence & Scariness
Lead character shoots and kills his wife with an ax; some blood. Character killed by rock to head. Lead character shoots and kills demonic creatures lurking outside his farmhouse. Lead character discusses child abuse he endured from his father because he didn't have the Bible memorized. Radio reports on something called "The Darkness" that is taking over cities and resulting in widespread rioting.
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Lead character calls the cheap whiskey he drinks "piss." Lead character tells his daughter with a disability that she's "nothing but a cripple."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character appears to be an alcoholic, frequently drunk on whiskey. Pipe smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fallen is a 2022 horror movie in which a priest who was an exorcist hides out with his family in a remote farmhouse and wrestles with demons from his past and real demons. Expect horror movie violence and imagery, including an axe murder, a murder by smashing a rock into someone's head, and shotgun blasts against mysterious demons lurking around the farmhouse. There's some talk of child abuse the lead character suffered at the hands of his father due to not having Bible verses completely memorized. The lead character has become an alcoholic and is often shown drinking whiskey and acting drunk and violent to those around him. Pipe smoking is seen. The lead character's daughter has a disability, and when the lead is drunk, he tells her that she's "nothing but a cripple." 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 a nonsensical horror movie that tries and fails to combine elements of better-known horror movies. Fallen is a mess of mumbled acting, an unfocused script, and an unlikable main character. It's hard to get a sense of what this is supposed to be about. There's a priest who was an exorcist, there's something about a "Darkness" taking hold of all the major cities and causing riots, everyone is dressing like it's the Great Depression upon reaching a remote farmhouse, alien demons are lurking around, and there's a descent into cabin-feverish madness involving, among other things, an ax murder because someone was burning sage in the house. It's as pretentious as it is poorly executed, and should serve as a lesson to aspiring filmmakers on how not to make a movie.
It's a low-budget movie, and while it's possible for low-budget movies to be good, this isn't one of them. It seems to be going for some pastiche of obvious horror movie classics and the styles of certain well-known horror/thriller directors, but nothing works. It's amateurish on every level. Instead of feeling goosebumps or the heart palpitations from jump scares, actual suspense, and scares, this movie instead leaves a headache borne out of utter confusion and stress from trying to follow a story that's barely coherent.
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