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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages in this horror-comedy.
Positive Role Models
No positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Attempted suicide, by hanging, with a rifle held between the feet. Talk of suicide. Horror movie violence: Monsters decapitate victims, tear off their limbs, blood. One of the lead characters beats up a hippie, is shown after the fight with blood on his face. Some bullying. A character's nose is broken when hit in the face with football.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk of how older teen students in a boarding school engage in orgies. At Roman Empire-themed outdoor party, lead characters find the older students having a party that resembles an orgy (no nudity). Two boys spy on a couple making out while making suggestive comments as to what they'll do next. Sex between students implied. Students draw nude sketches.
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Constant profanity. "F--k" and variations used several times. "C--ts." Basically, every profanity in the book is used at some point. A penis is drawn in chalk on the back of a school uniform, paired with "Lick me." "Frack" often used as substitute for "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Whiskey, vodka, wine drinking. Teens drink and smoke. One lead character uses snuff. Booze bottle shown falling out of window. Hippies living in forest shown acting like they're high on drugs. Drug dealer character.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Slaughterhouse Rulez is a 2018 horror-comedy in which an elite English boarding school must contend with monsters unleashed out of a sinkhole caused by fracking. Profanity is constant throughout the movie, including "f--k," "c--ts," and "motherf----r," along with nearly every other swear word, used by kids and teens as well as adults. A big rumor in the boarding school is that the older teen students get to engage in orgies; upon stumbling into a Roman Empire-themed party replete with teen students binge-drinking and making out, two young boys who are spying on the scene make commentary as to what a couple who are making out will engage in next. Teens smoke and drink, and one of the lead teen characters uses snuff. Attempted suicide is shown, by hanging, with a rifle between the feet. Some violence is shown: Characters' limbs and heads are ripped off, with some blood. There's some bullying. On the positive side, the movie does try to raise the issue of fracking and its damage on the environment. Overall, it attempts to be a dark satire on boarding school life, English society, and current events. 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 doesn't quite succeed as a comedy-horror movie, especially since the horror isn't especially scary or suspenseful. The boarding school setting is packed with the kinds of stock characters one would expect to see in a movie set in a boarding school. The satire of cliques, status, and class (social and economic, as well as the classroom) doesn't break any new ground, and the use of fracking as a central aspect of the story comes off as clumsy and forced. Furthermore, so much of the humor is rooted in the kind of locker room humor from '80s teen movies, self-aware or not, that the movie comes off more as self-parody than satire.
Considering the talent involved, it's natural to expect Slaughterhouse Rulez to be much better than it is. But many of the characters never really get a chance to shine, or emerge out of their obvious and overdone stock character cocoons. The comedy and the horror of the genre work against each other, resulting in very little of either. Everything seems to cancel everything else out, for that matter. Fracking competes with suicidal gay teens, bizarre hazing rituals, rumors of teen orgies, unleashed monsters, the English class system, etc., to the point where it's all so much noise, and all of that gets drowned out by the constant profanity.
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