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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters are fascinated with all things satanic, but not because of genuine curiosity; nothing is explored or discussed (they'd rather make fun of it). Could be considered a warning about not being a terrible person (i.e. don't be rude, make fun of others, judge, etc.). Characters are all punished, although not necessarily for these reasons.
Positive Role Models
The characters are annoying, pushy, argumentative, and judgmental from the very start, and they never get any better.
Violence & Scariness
Gory scene of self-inflicted throat-slicing, with spurting blood. Very brief spooky images. Horrifying scars, scratches, and bloody wounds, briefly shown. A scene of guns and shooting (no one is hit). Dead crows, with some blood. Brief fight, with punching in face. Spoken descriptions of violent events. Vomiting, spitting, and urinating. Shouting, sounds of fighting through hotel walls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topless woman (in a non-sexual context). Strong sexual innuendo.
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Constant swearing, including multiple uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls---," "horses--t," "c--k," "p---y," "t-ts," "a--hole," "f---tards," "cumball," "bitch," "prick," "d--k," "damn," "goddamn," "hell," "idiot," "junkies," "whores," "a big pair," plus "swear to Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief scene of young adult characters smoking pot. Characters drink several beers, getting mildly drunk. A character briefly smokes a cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Satanic is a horror movie about four young adults (including one played by Modern Family's Sarah Hyland) on a tour of several "satanic" locations in Los Angeles; naturally, they get into supernatural trouble. There are some spooky moments, but the characters are so awful and irritating that it's hard to care. There's a gory self-inflicted neck-slicing, plus other disturbing (though briefly shown) wounds, scratches, and scars. A brief fight scene includes punching, and a gun is fired. There's a non-sexual scene with a topless woman, plus occasional strong innuendo. Language is constant and extremely strong, including "f--k," "s--t," every conceivable permutation of both, and then some. The main characters briefly smoke pot and drink beer, getting mildly drunk; one character also briefly smokes a cigarette. 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 third-rate horror movie gets off to a bad start with its annoying, horrible characters. It's very slow to get going, and when it finally reaches a fairly spooky climax, it's too late to care. The characters are rude and selfish; they constantly swear and bicker, they're no fun to be around, and they quickly run through any kind of goodwill an audience might give them. When they get into trouble, it's not because of any kind of honest mistake, but rather because they're being awful.
Satanic's plot requires them to stay put in Los Angeles long after they should have left, and this puts a further drag on the storytelling. It's only when the foursome finally decides to leave that director Jeffrey G. Hunt manages some mildly inventive, haunted house-type chills, thanks to a dark, abandoned industrial building lit only by cell phones. Unfortunately, by that time Satanic comes across as little more than a technical exercise, because the characters have already ceased to matter.
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