Most reviews I have read focused mostly on language and scary creatures, which are both present in the movie. I was more concerned about the conflictual relationship between Alan and his father, and the tragic outcome: A family destroyed, a child who lost his parents, parents who lost their child, and how their own lifes ended with the tragedy. On top of all that, the town's rumor about the father killing his own child.
In the present time, the girl, portrayed by Kristen Dunst, was a compulsive liar who even made jokes about how her parents were killed. I watched this the first time when before I had any children. As much as I loved the movie then, now I see some complex themes that would probably be too much for younger kids.