Parents' Guide to

The Accursed

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Blood, gore, and demons in predictable horror movie.

Movie NR 2022 97 minutes
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age 16+

Story is incomplete

Warning: Spoilers Even though I have been the horror movie admirer, I did not like the movie. I do not know why but actually in recently times, the most of horror movie is being written incomplete. There is no complete reason-result relationship, no deep character background, no detailed case working.. etc. In this movie, there is witch character living inside the tiny house, and using evil forces in return of money, or blood. This is too cliche detail about Satanism. I think in the movie, the book, shapes on the floor are the symbols of Satanistic rituels. So, We are not able to know what is really going around and why? Why is Eleanor's blood given to Witch? What is blood importance for the movie? What is meaning of being cursed for people in the movie etc.. As you can see the most of details were not written. By the way, there are no horrifiying scenes.. Just jump scares once or twice times.. That's all.. Its end is different cliche.. I do not like this type of end.. ''You thought you were freed, but actually you were not.''

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

It kicks off with a terrific opening scene, but that promise is soon dashed as this horror movie rolls out dull characters and predictable plot turns. Ultimately it winds up feeling overly familiar and half-hearted. The first line in The Accursed is "don't come inside until the screaming starts," and the sequence that follows is killer, with Mary Lynn facing off with the gravelly voiced witch in a creepy room filled with horrific wonders. The scene ends with Sadie holding up a freshly bitten-off demon finger. It's fully satisfying, but disappointment kicks in quickly after the "three months later" title card, with Mary Lynn and Sadie nowhere to be seen. Instead, we get the sad, passive Elly, who feels guilty about not being there for her mom and makes not-very-bright decisions.

Perhaps even worse is Beth, the typical smart-alecky best friend character whose entire life is devoted to doing things for Elly. The story depends on Elly wandering dumbly into danger, but it's hard to feel much sympathy for her, especially when the warning signs are all there. Certain secrets are meant to be saved for surprise "twists," but they're frankly not very surprising. Other things are just lazily unexplained or disregarded. Everything goes through the motions as we wait for the inevitable, punctuated only by a scene in which Mary Lynn and Sadie reappear. It's a small, short jolt of energy for The Accursed, and it's enough to make us wish that the entire movie had been about those two (who are played by a real-life mother-daughter duo) instead.

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