A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A woman must kill someone to satisfy the spirit that saved her daughter's life, and struggles with ethics of murdering someone who is on their deathbed or someone who abuses his wife.
Positive Role Models
Lead character motivated by trauma and saving her daughter's life.
Violence & Scariness
Little girl bitten by a rattlesnake; her skin is shown turning purple as she screams, cries. Movie premised on spirits telling lead character that she must kill someone to repay debt of the spirits saving her daughter's life. Attempted suicide, slit throat. Domestic abuse: woman shown with busted lip, later forced to stand holding several encyclopedias in each hand, shown getting verbally berated by her partner. Gunshots. A young boy approaches lead character's car then bangs his head against the car window until he bleeds. Talk of a woman's suicide by gun. Explosions. Nightmarish imagery: ghost priest burning, bloodied trucker, rotting corpse of a photographer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nonsexual nudity: male buttocks.
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Occasional profanity, including "f--k" used a few times. "S--t," "bitch," "ass," "hell," and "Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Lead character listens to a recording of Tony Robbins while driving.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking in a bar. Lead character drinks alcohol mini bottles in hotel. Vaping in one scene.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rattlesnake is a 2019 horror movie in which a woman must murder someone as payment to the spirit that rescued her daughter from a deadly snakebite. One of the lead characters is a domestic abuser and is shown pushing, shoving, and berating his partner, and then later shown forcing her to stand in the living room holding stacks of encyclopedias in her hands. The woman who is abused is shown in a bar with a busted lip. The snakebite is graphically shown: The little girl's skin turns purple as she screams and cries. Other violence includes attempted suicide, a knife to the throat, and gunshots. Horror movie imagery includes a ghost of a priest burning, the rotting corpse of a photographer, and a young boy ghost who bangs his head into the passenger side window of the lead character's car until his forehead bleeds. Some drinking and vaping are visible, and there's some profanity, including "f--k" used a few times. 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 is a decent, if ultimately stock, horror/suspense movie. Ultimately, Rattlesnake comes off as a not-quite-successful attempt to pair an old Twilight Zone episode with Crime and Punishment. The concept is interesting enough -- a woman must kill someone as payment to the spirit that saved her young daughter's life -- but the execution falls short. Carmen Ejogo turns in an adequate performance as the woman who must find someone to murder, but there's a lingering sense that she wasn't as pushed to the brink as she might have been, that the exaggeration in the story and drama was misplaced. Instead of the lead character at the end of her rope, we're presented with stock horror/suspense imagery (burning priest, kid banging his head against car window) that comes off as gratuitous.
The movie does have its moments. As the black market gun dealer who sells Katrina the gun she needs to satisfy the spirit demands for "a soul for a soul," David Yow (legendary lead vocalist of The Jesus Lizard) comes off as an unsettling mix of quietly deranged and potentially violent. The chemistry between Ejogo and Theo Rossi -- the abusive man Katrina has selected to kill -- in their conflicts is there, even as the conflict itself ultimately feels trite and unsatisfying. Be that as it may, the result and overall impression of Rattlesnake is that it's a moderately entertaining if ultimately forgettable Netflix offering.
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