Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Violent demon-possession movie is uninspired.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 91 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Personal revenge isn't as important as helping others in need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character works job involves helping others in trouble, but his main motivation is personal interest, and he treats others badly at nearly every turn.


Mentions of a father hitting a child and breaking his arm. A scary figure attacks a boy; they fight, and the boy breaks the attacker's neck (attacker dies). Children in jeopardy. Bloody wounds; a man plunges hand into open wound. Car crash, with bloody injuries and dead bodies. Fighting, punching, choking. Knife to throat (a man slashes his own throat). Fall from height. Killings. Jump-scares. Frightened shrieking. Scary stuff. Arguing.


A man fondles a woman in a bar. Reference to a "whorehouse." Skimpy outfits.


One use of "f--k," plus sporadic uses of "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "frickin'," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).


Apple iPhones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Main character drinks from a flask and drinks a shot of whisky in a bar. A half-empty glass of wine is shown on a woman's bedside stand. Reference to a man being "out getting drunk." Car crash caused by a drunk driver. Reference to a "heroin addict."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Incarnate is a horror movie about a man who goes into the minds of demon-possessed people to help them. There's a lot of violence, and much of it is pretty intense. Characters fight, and there are bloody wounds, killings, a throat slashing, a violent car crash (the result of a drunk driver), scary scenes, and a child in jeopardy. A father is said to have accidentally hurt his son, breaking his arm; a boy fights an attacker and breaks his neck, killing him. Language includes one use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," and more. A man gropes a woman in a bar, and a "whorehouse" is mentioned. Characters drink (in bars or from flasks) every so often, but no one is drunk, and there are no consequences. There's a reference to a "heroin addict."

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Kid, 10 years old April 28, 2021

Great movie

This was a great movie, from jump scares to plot twists. This is surely a head turning movie for those into horror and scares. Violent phrases such as " Y... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNZkool19 December 11, 2016

Ok for kids kind of scary

This movie is ok for mature teens. There is some scary parts to it and there are some stupid parts. There is no sex it is just scary.

What's the story?

In INCARNATE, Dr. Ember (Aaron Eckhart) is able to enter the minds of people who are possessed and help drive out the demons, which he considers parasites. When young Cameron (David Mazouz) is taken over, a representative of the Vatican (Catalina Sandino Moreno) calls on Dr. Ember to help. He agrees, but only because he believes that the demon in question is one he's been hunting. He calls her "Maggie" and holds her responsible for the deaths of his own wife and son. But as Ember begins to take the plunge, he finds that Maggie isn't so easily dispatched, and that there's more at stake than he originally bargained for.

Is it any good?

This horror movie tries to set itself apart from other demon-possession movies by inventing an interesting new mythology, but eventually it gets tired, bogged down and lost in its own rule book. Eckhart tries his best in the lead role as a scruffy, wheelchair-bound man who's lost everything, but his efforts seem to exist in a void. No one else in Incarnate seems to have even shown up for work, certainly not director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas), who mainly seems intent on keeping the horrors from stretching beyond the PG-13 realm.

Peyton includes a few jump-scares in the film, as well as some digitally enhanced black eyeballs, and he has his actors stare in disbelief as "amazing" visual effects happen before them. Aside from Dr. Ember, the other characters never seem to know what they're doing or what the most realistic, emotional choice might be. It's lazy, uninspired work; perhaps, after this and I, Frankenstein, it might be wise for Eckhart to stay away from horror and opt to things like Sully instead.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Incarnate's violence. Is all of it necessary to the story? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is the movie scary? Why or why not? What's the appeal of scary movies? Is it sometimes fun to be scared?

  • Is the main character helpful or selfish? Even though he helps people for the wrong reasons, is he still helping them? (Do the ends justify the means?)

  • How does this compare to other "demon possession" movies? Why is this genre scary or appealing?

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