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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages other than survival.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent blood and gore. Man shown pointing a rifle at his head after getting bitten by a zombie is discovered doing so by a little girl. Zombies hacked with machetes, speared, stabbed with knives, have heads blown off with shotguns. A woman is attacked by a zombie, shown getting her neck bitten and bloodied. Implied violence: Characters shown on the verge of killing friends and loved ones who have just been bitten.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man tells a joke referencing masturbation.
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Occasional profanity: "f--k," "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking, whiskey drinking, no drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ravenous (aka Les Affamés) is a 2017 French-Canadian horror movie following the survivors of a zombie apocalypse in rural Quebec. While the film's slower pace, beautiful direction, and relative lack of constant frenzy makes this stand out from other zombie movies, it's still extremely violent. A woman is attacked at a racetrack by a zombie, shown getting bitten in the neck and bleeding while screaming. Zombies are taken down with machetes, rifles, knives, spears. Heads are blown off by firearms. A man recently bitten is discovered by a little girl pointing a rifle at his head, on the verge of pulling the trigger. There's implied violence: Friends and loved ones of those recently bitten by zombies who haven't entirely lost their humanity yet are shown on the verge of shooting them. In addition to the violence, there's occasional profanity ("f--k," "s--t") and some drinking. The movie is in French with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Incredibly, this film stands out in the supersaturated and seemingly done-to-death zombie genre. Beautifully filmed and slow paced, Ravenous seems to have less in common with World War Z and The Walking Dead and more in common with the allegorical survival movie Walkabout and the gray, silent dystopia of The Road. This pace and overall aesthetic go far toward making it a zombie horror movie for those who don't really care much about zombie horror movies; conversely, while Ravenous does have plenty of frightening moments and the blood and gore expected from the genre, those expecting Hollywood-style sensory assault may find it off-putting.
If there's a "star" in this movie, it's rural Quebec. Dense forests and rolling countryside provide a stunning backdrop juxtaposed with images of shell-shocked survivors struggling to carry on. It's the kind of movie that rewards repeated viewings. (And be sure to catch the final seconds after the film's credits.) And like Night of the Living Dead, a '60s film with its obvious allusions to Cold War fears and civil rights struggles, Ravenous appears to have something deeper at work than bloodthirsty zombies.
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