A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Suicide attempts shown: Characters slit their wrists, drink bleach, suffocate themselves in Saran Wrap. One of the characters falls off a boulder and gets injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk about oral sex, masturbation, watching pornography.
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Constant profanity. "F--k" used many times. "S--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "bitching," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters binge-drink beer, whiskey, tequila. Drinking games. When not drinking, characters shown hungover. Marijuana smoking. Talk of taking mushrooms.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Head Count is a 2018 supernatural horror movie in which a group of vacationing college students unwittingly summon a shape-shifting demon. While waiting for the suspense to really take hold, there are scenes of partying college students binge-drinking (beer, wine, whiskey) while playing drinking games and smoking marijuana. If they're not drinking, it's because they're hungover the next morning. Suicides are shown, by drinking bleach, slitting wrists, and suffocation by Saran Wrap. One of the characters falls off a boulder and gets injured. Frequent profanity throughout -- "f--k" used in nearly every scene. Talk of oral sex, masturbation, watching pornography. 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 one of those movies that rewards repeated viewing. Even looking at the opening image in the context of the spell reveals something to the mystery, and the closing credits also provide some clarity. That said, the problem with Head Count is that the journey isn't worth repeating unless you want to sit through scene after scene of college kids partying on their semester break, playing drinking games, passing around joints, waking up hungover the next day. The direction is excellent, and they clearly go to great lengths to make sure each of the college kids stand out in some way from each other (even if it veers dangerously close to cliches like "the jock" and "the druggie"), but there's something unsatisfying about the end.
The acting, writing, and overall mood is there. It's a "slow burn" type of movie, where every scene feels like something suspenseful might happen -- even during a friendly game of beer pong or Never Have I Ever. And there are also some fun moments of playing with the horror movie form. Nonetheless, the result is an unsatisfying head-scratcher.
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