Parents' Guide to

The Offering

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Jewish folklore provides jump scares in disturbing horror.

Movie R 2023 93 minutes
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This low-budget modern horror cleverly uses religious folklore to help craft a narrative, exploring old Jewish demonology. Though while The Offering begins with this unique aspect, eventually it just becomes like so many films in this genre. Big mansions, where spirits with vengeance attack the minds and bodies of those who live within, is already a saturated market, and this film feels too familiar in that regard. Instead it works more triumphantly as a human piece, with an impressive opening act to help set the scene. The complex family dynamics are nuanced and compelling. It's when it ventures into generic horror territory that it falls flat. On that note, the viewer is also too privy to the leading antagonist; the demon. Our minds are always more imaginative and more dark than what can be conjured on-screen. Perhaps leaving a little more to our weird and wonderful imaginations would have been to the movie's benefit.

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