He's Out There

Movie review by
Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Gore, mutilated bodies in witless slasher exercise.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 89 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages; characters do unforgivably stupid things throughout the film.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Laura fights to save her kids, but (like every other character in the film) she does so many inexplicably foolish things that it wouldn't be accurate to call her a positive role model.

Violence

Gory horror violence, principally ax attacks. Mutilated corpse of father found by young daughters. Eyes gouged out. Kids in lots of peril.

Sex

A woman is shown in her bra and panties.

Language

Language isn't frequent but includes uses of "f--k" and "a--hole."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Laura sneaks a cigarette and drinks wine on her own.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that He's Out There is a slasher film in which a mom (Yvonne Strahovski) and her two young daughters are menaced at a remote lake house by a masked killer. Expect lots of gory horror violence, principally ax attacks and mutilated bodies (including the girls' dead father). Children are frequently in peril. Language is infrequent but includes "f--k" and "a--hole." A woman is shown in her underwear; she also drinks wine and sneaks a cigarette.

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What's the story?

In HE'S OUT THERE, a woman named Laura (Yvonne Strahovski) and her two young daughters proceed ahead of her husband/their dad to a remote vacation house hours away. While waiting for him to arrive that night, weird things start to happen. Then a masked guy with an ax shows up -- and you can guess what happens next.

Is it any good?

There's precious little to recommend this brainless, bloody horror movie. Strahovski is appealing, and there are a handful of creepy touches, but He's Out There almost immediately gives up all pretense of caring. Why doesn't the family just wait a few hours to drive such a long distance together? Why is Laura intentionally leaving her phone in her car? Why are the kids essentially following breadcrumbs into the woods and eating the mysterious cupcakes they find there? By the time Laura lets a guy die because it doesn't occur to her to break the window she's ineffectually banging on, viewers will have abandoned all hope.

The film was originally billed as being directed by Dennis Iliadis (the remake of The Last House on the Left) but now lists a mysterious "Quinn Lasher" (who has no other credits anywhere) as the person behind the camera. Hard to blame Iliadis if he wanted to step away; the movie's lack of tension, its whimpering kids, and its almost contemptuous disregard for logic pose as great a threat to viewers as the garden-variety masked maniac does to the characters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in He's Out There. Is there justification for any of it? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • When you see characters make poor choices in horror films, does it make you scared or annoyed?

  • What did you think of the kids' behavior? How did it affect you to see kids that age being menaced?

Movie details

For kids who love scares

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