NOT for young children
I read the reviews, every one of them. My husband did too. We thought some seemed a little ‘uptight’ maybe and that armed with the foreknowledge of what to expect, we could appropriately cover eyes and strategically leave the room to skip scenes. It wasn’t enough.
My boys are 11 and nearly 4. My 4 year old likes Halloween, routinely pretends to be Dracula, and sleeps with a Jack Skellington ‘teddy bear’.
Even knowing what to expect and with boys who *like* spooky things- this was too much for both of them.
We were doing ok, skipping some of the evil witch and the flashback scenes (both mentioned in prior reviews), and seeing the gags in the first half of the movie thought it was going to be just fine. (Magical Cat poop). BUT when the zombie Isaac kisses his wife it all went downhill.
Every time we were ready to jump back in and watch there was another scene to skip and another. It wasn’t gruesome, just creepy, but it was the type of things you would see in a horror film for adults, images you see for just a moment and it’s enough to stay with you...
Finally, with both boys very upset as they caught glimpses along the way, we tried to find a spot near the ending to tune in on-so we could have a happily ever after closure. (Not totally successful).
I’m reminded of one of the reviewers saying ‘I feel I failed my children’ because I do. My instincts were against the movie, they begged and we gave in- I am so sorry I did.
Skip this one unless you have older children or if your kids are already at the level of say - Stranger Things, you’ll be fine. If they haven’t seen anything more frightening than Harry Potter -let it go.
About 20 minutes later, my younger son was still afraid to be in a room without me holding him tightly-it’s going to be a long night...