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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages here; this is mainly a story about how evil sometimes happens for no reason at all.
Positive Role Models
The characters here are flawed and mostly wind up as victims.
Violence & Scariness
Gory, bloody wounds. Profuse bleeding. Dog attacks a person viciously. Dress attacks. Characters die. Jump scares/loud noises. Car crash. Creepy, surreal, nightmarish stuff. Nightmare sequences (including one about a scary, blood-covered baby). Fighting. Brawl in clothing store, chaos, looting, etc. Store on fire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character fondles a mannequin; it develops a "real" vagina (with pubic hair). The character touches it while another character watches and appears to masturbate. The fondler licks her finger and smears blood on her mouth. A character has an orgasm, with moaning. A character folds up a picture, slides it under her dress. Another character attempts to masturbate under the covers. One character gives oral sex to another (his head is between her legs). Two characters have dispassionate sex with their clothes (mostly) on. Passionate kissing. Graphic sex-related artwork. Sex-related dialogue.
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Infrequent uses of "a--hole," "bitch," "bastard," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters gulp down beers in a bar and get very drunk. Character vomits on ground after drinking too much.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that In Fabric is a surreal horror movie inspired by Italian and English genre movies of the 1960s and 1970s. It's more nightmarish and unsettling than it is scary, and, while it's very well made, it will really only appeal to a certain breed of horror hound. Expect several scenes of blood and gore, a vicious dog attack, monster attacks, jump scares and loud noises, death, a car crash, fighting, a brawl, and general chaos (with fire). Sexual content is quite graphic, with some unusual behavior (a woman touches the "real" vagina of a store mannequin, while a man watches and masturbates). Scenes also show passionate kissing, implied sex, oral sex, explicit sexual artwork, sex-related dialogue, and more. Language is infrequent but includes "a--hole," "bitch," "ass," and "bastard." Characters drink heavily in a bar and get very drunk; one vomits on the ground. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Inspired by Italian and English horror movies of the 1960s and '70s, this surreal nightmare offers inspired imagery and unsettling sound design, but it may run a little too long to sustain its spell. Written and directed by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy), In Fabric is quite unlike, say, the 2018 remake of Suspiria in that it seems to get inside the giallo and horror genres, rather than simply paying homage to them. This film is less interested in providing simple scares than it is in depicting the creeping logic of a nightmare. (Several scenes are devoted to characters actually describing their own creepy nightmares.)
It's an impressive achievement in tactile, intuitive filmmaking, finding a mesmerizing flow that rises above a typical monster movie. Yet In Fabric slips a little in its second half. Jean-Baptiste is so good and so genuine in the first half that when things switch over to the almost comically mismatched couple -- meek, turkeylike Reg and bossy, chatty Babs (Hayley Squires) -- the movie begins to feel more like a parody. Strickland has enough visual and aural themes to finally sew things together in a satisfying way, but the switch leaves the second half somewhat ill-fitting. If only someone could have taken the material in a little bit, this movie could have been even more shockingly satisfying.
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