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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of guilt and redemption along with perseverance and curiosity. Examples of family support.
Positive Role Models
Young father Greg brings up his baby daughter alone when his wife, Helen, is hit by a car and falls into a coma. When she wakes he is helpful, caring, and attentive. Helen begins a quest to find out about what led to her father's suicide. She is plagued by visions of ghosts but remains dedicated to solving the mystery. At points she struggles to look after her child, feeling like a failure. and refusing to ask for help. She is a wheelchair user for some of the movie. She finds it frustrating but makes progress.
Following an accident, a character must use a wheelchair. They are not viewed as a victim and adapt to life in a wheelchair before eventually progressing to crutches. Some diversity among the cast including the lead detective being a person of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror scenes involve ghostly children with injury detail. Someone takes their own life by jumping off a building causing blood to splatter onto their daughter. A character is hit by a car and falls into a coma. Gore includes a close-up of someone pulling out their fingernail and a slit throat. An abducted child shown unconscious and with blood on their face. A headbutt causes a bloody wound. Character shot in the head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couple kiss. Camera briefly cuts to them in bed with one on top of the other.
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Infrequent language includes "f---ing," "f--k," and "bollocks."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine at a daytime social gathering. Characters drink spirits while having a tense conversation. Two characters occasionally smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kindred is a gripping British supernatural horror mystery that features suicide and a story that involves the murder of children. When Helen (April Pearson) wakes from a coma with an incomplete memory of her father's suicide, she is haunted by ghosts of dead children and becomes determined to solve the mystery. She is supported by her husband, Greg (Blake Harrison), who is shown to be a caring father for their baby daughter. The movie has creepy visions of dead kids, as well as a repeated scene of Helen's father's suicide. There is also some gore, with close-ups of wounds and a throat being slit. Characters occasionally smoke and drink alcohol. The language is infrequent but can be strong and includes "f--k" and "bollocks." During her rehabilitation, Helen uses a wheelchair. This is seen as part of the recovery process with Helen adapting positively to being a wheelchair user. 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 British horror mystery pulls you in immediately and doesn't let go. The Kindred's opening scene starts with a distressed woman running from a building, before a body falls from the sky, and she's hit by a car. This promising start is delivered upon as the supernatural murder mystery unfolds at satisfying pace. It's a mid-budget horror with dark subject matter. But the filmmaking is fun, keeping it on the right side of enjoyable. There's a lot going on, too -- exploring themes of guilt, ghosts, blame, motherhood, and more -- in its tight and sometimes twisty story.
The performances are as solid as the pacing. Pearson (Skins) flits between haunted, tormented, and determined from scene to scene. During one party scene in particular, she brilliantly -- and believably -- shows a cool detachment from the world around her as she sits with her own turmoil. As the kind and caring Greg, Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners UK) is a warm and welcome presence. While the cameo from king of oddball indie movies, Steve Oram, is fantastic. Oram's deadpan delivery as a scruffy paranormal investigator lights up the screen and plays a vital part in uncovering the mystery. Occasionally televisual but not to its detriment, The Kindred is a perfectly paced indie horror packed with plenty of themes to explore, lots of thrills, and great performances.
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