Parents' Guide to

Head Count

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Suspenseful horror movie has a lot of profanity, drinking.

Movie NR 2018 89 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Pleasantly surprised

I randomly clicked this on Netflix expecting some Z grade sleaze with some head chopping. But what i got was a surprisingly well made, paced and performed, fairly funny and spooky paranormal ride that toys with the viewer in many subtle and clever ways with minimal explicit content. The worst stuff is some fairly frequent drug use (pot, x, etc) and some f words.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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