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The Manor

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Some violence, creepy imagery in clunky horror movie.

Movie NR 2021 81 minutes
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The thoughtful commentary on the treatment of senior citizens is outweighed by horror movie cliches and a disappointing ending. It's a shame, because like the other movies in the "Welcome to the Blumhouse" series, The Manor really does try to represent people traditionally underrepresented in horror movies, and, in this case, move past the cliches and stereotypes that have far too often been the lazy go-to when depicting characters living in their proverbial "golden years." The best scenes aren't the scariest, but they do reveal humanity in characters like Judith (played by Barbara Hershey), a free-spirited 70-year-old now contending with ugly condescension from the staff at the assisted living facility she has chosen to move into after suffering a stroke. When the scares, such as they are, begin, the gaslighting she experiences effectively melds into the story, as both staff and family refuse to take her seriously, or act like they don't anyway.

However, the worst aspects of it soon grow tiresome. There are so many shopworn horror movie tropes going on -- "dark and stormy nights," crows, jump scares, and even a black cat that "senses death" -- it's easy to find yourself turning away from the movie not because it's scary, but because your eyes are rolling to the back of your head. The foreshadowing lacks all subtlety, so by the time we get to "the big reveal," it isn't particularly surprising.

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