A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Caring for and protecting your family. Trying to fit in. Celebrating diverse faiths and beliefs. Creating a community. However, the overall tone and story is bleak and unsettling.
Positive Role Models
Rebecca loves her daughter, Grace, and makes every effort to find her after she goes missing. Many neighbors help and comfort her, but she is suspicious of some of their motives. Jocelyn cares about his community but uses highly questionable methods as he attempts to protect it.
The majority of the cast is White and British. Female lead who plays the role of a vicar, a position usually portrayed by a male actor. Some ethnic diversity among the supporting cast. White, male writers and director. Characters articulate different spiritual and religious beliefs.
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Violence & Scariness
Threat of violence toward an animal. Theatrical violence between costumed players. Weapon wielded as part of the production. Disemboweled animal shown as part of mural. Traumatic hallucinations. Supernatural jump scares. Characters slapped in their faces. One is grabbed by their face. Property damage and intimidation. Character stabbed with scythe and killed. Characters set on fire and burned to death. Character stabbed with pitchfork and shot with arrow.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are seen shirtless.
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Language includes "f---ing," "f--k," "arse," and "s--tty."
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Products & Purchases
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol in moderation in pubs and as part of festivities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lord of Misrule is a British horror movie with jump scares, violence, and death. The story centers around a vicar, Rebecca (Tuppence Middleton), who is drawn into the mysterious local folklore of her new community when her daughter, Grace (Evie Templeton), goes missing at the annual harvest festival. The movie's suspenseful tone plays with pagan and Christian religious imagery to create a sense of conflict and unease. There is little diversity among the cast, but local man Jocelyn (Ralph Ineson) is among those who explains to Rebecca how local pagan rituals play a part in trying to protect their community from supernatural forces. Nonetheless, Grace remains suspicious of the locals' motives and how honest they are being with her. Violence is mostly implied rather than shown, but in some scenes characters come to blows, are stabbed to death, and set on fire while still alive. Swearing is occasional, with variations on "f--k" often used when characters are scared or angry. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This British horror combines two well-worn themes -- a search for a missing child with a darkness that lurks beneath the surface of a rural community -- in a bid to show something original. As with many horror movies, the setup of Lord of Misrule is more compelling than the payoff, as the latter relies on familiar pagan imagery and a lot of exposition about the malignant forces at work. A strong cast somewhat mitigates the at-times rambling dialogue and jumbled waking dream sequences, with Middleton's new-arrival vicar gradually drawn into a battle of wills and wits with Ralph Ineson's enigmatic local skeptic. William Brent Bell's direction ranges from solid to distracting, with too many fussy camera angles and close-ups, at times not trusting the audience to find its own way into the story.
The original The Wicker Man will always be the obvious comparison for stories in remote settings full of locals with something to hide, while Midsommar updated that concept to rave reviews in recent years. But for all the rich visuals in Lord of Misrule that help bring to life its strangeness, the real villain is its strangely flat script.
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