Snatchers

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Teen comic-horror tale with gory violence, mayhem.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 96 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Promotes consequences of teen sex in an outrageous manner. Comments on value of staying true to old friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In this absurd story, the heroines are brave, smart, resourceful, and determined while most other folks are either dimwitted or eccentric. Comic stereotypes: mean girl, athlete, mostly clueless police. Ethnic diversity.

Violence

Comic mayhem heavy on "ewww" factor. Monstrous creatures attack and kill; blood gushes, sprays, covers room; dismemberment; dead bodies strewn. Teens in peril; one girl gives birth to monster.

Sex

Brief sexual activity in several scenes -- no nudity. Conversations about sex. Ancient cave drawings depict sexual behavior. Erections through clothing. Outlandish childbirth scenes.

Language

Profanity is frequent and casual, includes: "f--k," "bitch," "s--t," "butthole," "horny," "harlot," "douche." Conversation about condoms and "pulling out."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Underage drinking and drunkenness. Smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Snatchers is a horror-comedy fest in which a teen gives birth to a bloodthirsty alien creature only a day after her first sexual experience. The town is under siege as the hideous "offspring" attaches itself to any available human host, then wreaks havoc and annihilates those who would stop it. Bodies fly; blood spurts, sprays, and pours; limbs are detached; countless victims result. Only the "new mom" and her BFF have a chance to stop the destruction. The movie is suspenseful with lots of scares. The gore factor is high but always meant to be outrageous and laughable. Sexual content includes a lengthy, exaggerated lovemaking scene mostly consisting of head shots and sounds; a couple surprised during a sexual interlude; and conversations about condoms and "pulling out." Some cave drawings show explicit sexual poses. No nudity is shown, but there are visible erections under clothing. Frequent profanity is heard: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "butt," "harlot," "bitch." Teens drink, get drunk, and misbehave at a high school party; smoking occurs. 

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What's the story?

Sarah (Mary Nepi) makes up her mind to finally have sex with Skyler (Austin Fryberger), who recently broke up with her in SNATCHERS. It's what he wanted, and maybe it's the only way to get him back. So, she does. To her utter horror, the morning after turns into a swift hour-by-hour pregnancy that finds her ready to give birth by late afternoon. What a birth it is! At the free clinic, where she's assisted by helpful professionals, Sarah gives birth to a horrifying otherworldly creature who is immediately on the attack, cleaving onto the heads of nearby humans, including Sarah's young single mom, as it moves through the town. Sarah and her lifelong friend Hayley (Gabrielle Elyse) barely manage to escape. The clinic is only the first stop on her offspring's gruesome destructive path. Can Sarah and her BFF save the day?

Is it any good?

What started as a web series ended up as an over-the-top monster-invasion comedy and a beyond-silly take on teen romcoms and high school hijinx. Snatchers is one of those "teen-dumps-BF-only-to-find-out-how-shallow- the-popular-crowd-is" cautionary tales, but it certainly finds a new way to tell that tale. The filmmakers didn't need a gigantic budget to create its monsters. The little fiend clamped on the head of an innocent (or not so innocent) bystander works just fine. The actors are in on the game and by playing every farcical moment with a straight face, they're part of the fun, too. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the extremely gory violence in Snatchers. Do you respond differently to comic violence than you do to serious, realistic violence? How does each type of violence make you feel? Why is it important to be aware of the impact of media violence on kids? Do you think the fact that the violence is comic makes a difference for kids?

  • Why do you think teens are such big fans of horror movies? What emotions may be tapped into by on-screen scares and gore? 

  • Though the film is a comedy, what contemporary teen issues were explored? Did the filmmakers use the humor to offer insights or to make the film relatable for its viewers? If so, how did they accomplish that?

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