The Manor

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Bizarre, laughably awful horror movie has language, blood.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 87 minutes

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Confusing, with no clear takeaways.

Positive role models & representations

Aside from a few brief moments of reaching out to one another, the characters are largely selfish and mainly seek only their own pleasures.

Violence

Characters are sliced and stabbed to death, with blood spurts and gushers/puddles of blood. Dead bodies. Demon attacks. Bloody knives. Subliminal-type flashes of gore and violence. A young woman subjected to shock therapy. A man climbs on top of a woman and unzips his pants but is stopped from doing anything further. Nightmare sequences.

Sex

A couple kisses and undresses; they're later shown lying in bed together, under the covers (nudity is suggested but not shown). Another man takes off his shirt, and a woman starts to undress. Talk of sex between cousins. Strong innuendo and flirting. A character is "on the pill." "Syphilis" is mentioned.

Language

Many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "t-ts," "a--hole," "ass," "goddamn," "poon," "piss," "MILF," "bastard," "son of a bitch," "hell," and "damn," plus a use of "Christ." Middle-finger gesture.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Characters smoke pot in more than one scene. Characters also drink to excess, getting drunk on beer and wine. Women drink from a flask. "Acid trip" mentioned.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Manor is a low-budget horror tale that will probably only appeal to lovers of laughably bad movies. It's very violent, with lots of killings/murders, mostly stabbings and slashings that are accompanied by gushing blood and dead bodies. There's also a demon/monster, some subliminal-type horror imagery, and nightmare sequences. Language is fairly strong, with many uses of "f--k," plus "t-ts," "s--t," and "ass." There's heavy flirting and innuendo; sex between characters is implied, but no nudity is shown. There's some discussion of sex between cousins, birth control, and STDs, and a character gets pregnant. Characters drink heavily and get very drunk, and some smoke pot. There's also a reference to an "acid trip."

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What's the story?

In THE MANOR, Amy Hunter (Christina Robinson) is, on her 18th birthday, released from a long stay at a psychiatric hospital, even though her doctor (Rachel True) has reservations. Amy's mother (Tanja Melendez Lynch) picks her up, and they immediately head to Anders Manor for a family reunion with cousins and an aunt and uncle. Things begin awkwardly, but Amy starts to bond with her cousin Blaire (Danielle Guldin) -- and feels stirrings for her other cousin, Trevor (Michael Zuccola). Then, three hillbilly hunters show up at the manor, as well as a busload of cult members known as the True Believers, led by Reverend Thomas (Kevin Nash). Amidst much drinking and partying, a demon known as Aka Mana -- which had previously only haunted Amy's nightmares -- shows up and starts wreaking havoc.

Is it any good?

Seriously bizarre and laughably awful, this low-budget horror movie throws in just about every shopworn idea under the sun, but none of it is scary, alluring, or entertaining. The Manor -- previously titled Anders Manor -- is bad enough to warrant an MST3K episode or a YouTube skewering from someone like JonTron or The Nostalgia Critic. Characters who don't go together wander aimlessly in a plot that makes no sense, as if just waiting to meet the killer and be sliced out of the movie as quickly as possible.

The crude lighting and the cinematography take images like a trail of chess pieces or a demon face -- which might have been terrifying in other hands -- and render them about as scary as a backyard haunted house with the lights left on. To correct this, the filmmakers continuously resort to almost subliminal flashes of things like bloody knives, which also has little effect. One of many flashback sequences shows a man explaining the game of chess; it's so disconcertingly strange that it will make jaws drop. They are the strangest of many head-scratching moments that will have viewers wishing that this "manor" would be condemned.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Manor's violence. How much gore is shown, and how much is suggested? Did it make you scream or jump? Was it disturbing or upsetting?

  • Is the movie scary? What's the appeal of horror movies?

  • In terms of the hunters and the religious cult, are any of the characters treated as stereotypes? Is that OK?

  • What are the family relationships like in this movie? Are family members close? Do they seem to care about one another? Do they talk? How do they compare with your real-life family relationships?

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