Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Tech-addicted teens killed in bloody, violent tale.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Things can explode in the sky, drop to earth, and transform normal kids into deformed cannibalistic monsters.

Positive Role Models

Having suffered terrible trauma, Zosia is unusually courageous and optimistic. Julek is loyal. One young man admits he's gay. Another admits he's a virgin.

Violence

A man is dragged screaming into a cellar. A girl is speared through her head. A boy is bound in his sleeping bag and slammed against a tree until dead. A teen comes to a priest for help, but the priest knocks him unconscious and binds and gags him. The priest is killed gorily by the monster. The teen escapes but is shot by someone afraid of the monsters. People are strangled. A teen is stabbed and part of his face is bitten off. Dying slowly and painfully, he begs a friend to twist the knife and finish him off. A counselor tries to attack the monster, but is captured and beheaded. Severed limbs and body parts lie around. A monster nibbles on someone's hand. A monster axes a police officer in half from the head down. Someone uses a victim's severed thumbprint to unlock a cellphone. In an attempt to kill a monster, a girl repeatedly stabs one with a machete. Two young boys exposed to an alien agent slowly watch as their bodies become lined with black markings. One oozes blood from his face.  Maggots are seen feeding on a dead animal.

Sex

A teenage girl seduces a virgin. Her breasts are shown. They use a condom. One young man admits he's gay. Another admits he's a virgin. A priest binds and gags a boy but is killed before we learn what he had in mind. A close-up is shown of a girl's behind.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "suck, and "d--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two teens share a joint.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight is a gory Polish horror movie (with English subtitles) featuring gruesome, super-strong, man-eating twin monsters stalking a camp of teens who are addicted to internet use. The ghastliness includes pustule-covered giant monsters who kill and eat their victims. Expect blood, gore, severed heads, limbs, a man sliced in half, stab wounds, bitten faces, stranglings, shootings, and other bloody representations. Two teens share a joint and have sex. Breasts are shown. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "suck," and "d--k."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLilmac11 November 5, 2020

It's good

It has alot of violence and sex but that's nothing you wouldn't see in the streets. To me 13+ is ok
Teen, 13 years old Written byJaerei August 11, 2021

Great movie, very gory

I watched this movie with my friend yesterday and personally I didn’t find it scary, just violent and very gory, not to an unmanageable level though. Kids are k... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySarah Bear July 6, 2021

Love it but not for kids

Sex: There is a non graphic sex scene and breasts are shown towards the beginning
Language: F**k and some other language
Violence: Intense. A person is thrown... Continue reading

What's the story?

In NOBODY SLEEPS IN THE WOODS TONIGHT, Polish internet-addicted teens gather in a wilderness camp-rehab program, where they hand over their devices and hike in the woods to break bad habits. But disaster lurks in the bucolic setting. Soon most of a small group of hikers fall victim to twin cannibal monsters created, we learn, when two young boys were infected by a contagion that fell to the earth in an oozing meteor decades earlier. Two teens share a joint and have sex while the rest of the group sleeps in tents. One is speared to death through the head and the other is bound in his sleeping bag and banged on a tree until dead. The monsters nibble on them for snacks. Clueless, the counselor splits the remaining campers up to search for the missing and things get worse from there. When things first start going wrong, clever Julek (Michael Lupa) sees the signs and outlines for anyone who will listen exactly how fictional characters always ignore the obvious signs in horror movies, just as they do in the this one. Curiosity, disbelief, overconfidence, sex, and splitting up almost always prove fatal, he warns to deaf ears. Who will survive the night?

Is it any good?

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight is both a by-the-book horror fest and an imaginative romp that follows the horror template step-by-bloody step into irretrievable carnage. It mocks but also reveres the gory slasher genre it mimics. Our guide is the clever Julek, who recognizes all the elements of classic horror movies as they present themselves to him and his frightened friends. 

Teens are likely to be interested given the young cast. As horror movies go, it's pretty entertaining, but be aware that it's also very bloody and includes strong language, sex, nudity, and drug use. The movie makes it clear that a sequel may be in the works, as well. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a "good" horror movie. Do you think the more gore the better? Or do you think too much over-the-top violence puts the movie into the camp category, which seems more satirical and less scary?

  • One character describes the clichés of horror movies. As this plot checks off each plot point, does that internal self consciousness make the film more or less effective? Why?

  • Why do you think people like scary movies?

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