A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Horror-movie violence and imagery. Blood and gore. Characters, living or undead, burned to death, beaten to death with a hammer, beaten with flashlights, decapitated, stabbed in the heart. While in the throes of possession in a hospital, a father vomits a torrent of blood in the face of his daughter. Ankles twisted, arms ripped out of sockets. Mouths often filled with blood oozing out of them. Snakes for tongues. Knife to hand, blood shown. Skin ripped off face. The mother of the lead character committed suicide. Satanic rituals.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sister, possessed by a demon, attempts to passionately kiss her brother.
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Infrequent profanity. "F--k," "f--king," "s--t," "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that May the Devil Take You is a 2018 Indonesian horror movie in which a man sells his soul to the devil to become wealthy and his loved ones suffer the consequences. Expect lots of blood, gore, and demonic imagery. Blood drools, runs, and vomits out of the mouths of the characters. Characters clubbed to death with hammers, decapitated, beaten with shovels, stabbed in the heart, and burned alive. Skin ripped off of a face. Ankles and arms twisted with the help of a voodoo doll. A mother who has turned into a zombie is beaten with a flashlight. Choking. Satanic ritual shown, complete with pentagrams and goat's head. Occasional profanity, including "f--k." The mother of the lead character committed suicide. A sister, possessed by a demon, attempts to passionately kiss her brother. While not quite as gory as other horror movies of the "splatter" subgenre, nonetheless, this is definitely not for the squeamish. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like his martial arts splatter-fest The Night Comes for Us, director Timo Tjahjanto's film suffers from a self-indulgent bombast and excess that drowns out the story itself. While it's expected that a horror movie will have exaggerated levels of cold-sweat suspense and visceral mayhem, in this case, there are so many scenes of mouths oozing, spewing, and gushing blood that it becomes redundant. The ambition of trying to combine assorted subgenres of horror -- haunted house, zombie, demonic possession -- overwhelms and exhausts. While the filmmakers accomplished a lot with the budget they had, the acting is strong on the whole, and there's plenty to work with in terms of the relationships between the characters, it's clear that Tjahjanto seems to see all of that as little more than a pretense to decapitate some heads, rip some skin off some faces, and crush some skulls with a hammer.
The result is a movie that's almost there, but not quite. Throwing as much blood against the wall as possible to see how much of it sticks isn't an innovation, a distinctive style, or even all that original. May the Devil Take You is just a lot of flash and not a lot of substance.
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