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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages; characters do unforgivably stupid things throughout the film.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
Gory horror violence, principally ax attacks. Mutilated corpse of father found by young daughters. Eyes gouged out. Kids in lots of peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman is shown in her bra and panties.
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Language isn't frequent but includes uses of "f--k" and "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Laura sneaks a cigarette and drinks wine on her own.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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