A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie uses the classic "city people in the country" horror story to address topics such as White supremacy and the many facets of racism.
Positive Role Models
Characters are more like representatives of different ideologies or perspectives rather than individuals with any real depth.
Main characters of different races, ethnicities, and genders. Through conversations between the characters, and the action itself, the movie explores the many facets of racism, White supremacy, White privilege, and escalating violence in the current political divide.
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Violence & Scariness
Character yanked out of a house by a noose, then hung from a tree while set on fire by kindling that spells out the words "Race Traitor." Character shot and killed by arrows, including an arrow to the eye; blood. Dead body found in basement. In opening scene, Black woman is forcibly branded by Whites, while a Black man is forced to watch while bound and gagged. Characters use guns, assault rifles. Stabbing death. In the middle of a bizarre ritual montage, a woman is raped (no nudity) while others circle around them and watch. Woman makes a small cut in her stomach with a boxcutter, draws blood, licks the blade. Black man shown with his head in a pillory. Drunk man turns surly, takes a swing at another man. One of the lead characters makes an incest joke. Unwanted sexual advances.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the lead characters makes sex jokes concerning Monica Lewinsky, then Melania Trump.
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Strong profanity throughout, including the "N" word, "f--k," and "motherf--ker." Upon entering the rural area where they are to be staying, the six lead characters drive in and see a sign that reads "No ["N" words], No Jews, No Imigrants [sic]." Also: "s--t," "p---y," "d--k," "goddamn," "piss," "ass," "hell." Middle finger.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the lead characters drinks too much at dinner, makes unwanted sexual advances, turns surly, and tries to punch another character, then defecates his pants. Wine drinking at dinner. Vaping. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Red Pill is a 2021 indie-horror about a group of liberal election canvassers who go to a rural area and stumble upon a White supremacist cult that wants them dead. Horror movie violence includes a man who is shot and killed by a crossbow, with an arrow in the eye. A man is yanked from a house by a noose then hung and set on fire by kindling that spells out the words "Race Traitor." Characters stabbed, shot. A Black woman is branded while a Black man is forced to watch while bound and gagged. Woman raped while surrounded by onlookers (no nudity). Horror imagery, including a scarecrow made to look like a grotesque caricature of a Black person. Strong language throughout, including the "N" word, "motherf--ker," and "f--k." The lead characters drive into the area where they will be staying and pass a homemade sign that reads "No ["N" words], No Jews, No Imigrants [sic]." One of the characters gets drunk, makes unwanted sexual advances, takes a swing at one of his friends, then defecates himself. Wine drinking. Vaping. Jokes concerning Monica Lewinsky, Melania Trump, and incest. 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 an earnest movie with an important message that gets lost in the flawed execution. Red Pill is the latest in the canon of movies that use horror to open up a discussion on the many forms of racism, White supremacy, prejudice, and the increasingly violent divide in contemporary America. For better or worse, there's no subtlety or sugarcoating in the viewpoints expressed, either in the dialogue or the action. While there's obviously nothing wrong with using art to provoke debate and discussion about what's going on in society, the desire to communicate these messages gets to be extremely heavy-handed within the first ten minutes, to say nothing of the self indulgence of the characters singing a too-long folk song over some wine at the dinner table. Agree with them or not, the six main characters come across as little more than representatives of the nuances in left-of-center viewpoints, and any attempts at humanizing them beyond this seem forced and amateurish.
It's not the opinions expressed that make the movie not as good as it might have been. It's the way these opinions are expressed throughout. The polemics from the characters grow to be as tiresome as some Ayn Rand character going on and on about why it's great to be a selfish jerk. It's reminiscent of the leftist critiques in late '60s Godard movies, but not in a good way. The sincerity behind this is undeniable, but around the time of when the violent and creepy third act of the "city folk go to the countryside and start getting killed by the country folk" horror kicks in, the action comes across as weird and unsatisfying, and there's even grainy black-and-white film footage of Hitler in mid-speech, in case you're still unsure of what the movie is trying to say. Regrettably, the sincerity behind this cannot overcome the subpar creation.
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