The Remaining

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Horror movie about the Rapture has deaths, scares.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 83 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Depending on your beliefs, the movie could be construed as having a message about the importance of faith, though this comes accompanied by a lot of material about the apocalyptic tortures of the end of the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters who are left after the Rapture grow to understand why they weren't taken and how they could have lived better lives.


Frequent horror movie-style violence and imagery. A man is killed by demonic tentacles shooting through his chest. A man falls to his death down a stairwell. Kids are shown instantly collapsing to their deaths during a basketball game. Adults are shown instantly collapsing to their deaths in a restaurant. A woman's arms are dislocated, and a nurse yanks them back into place as the woman screams. Demonic howling and shrieking throughout the movie. Characters are shown bleeding.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

At a wedding, characters are shown drinking beer and wine, but they don't act intoxicated.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Remaining is a faith-based horror movie about the immediate aftermath of the Rapture (as prophesied in the Bible's Book of Revelation). From the moment the Rapture begins, there's frequent horror movie-style violence and imagery. Characters collapse and fall to their deaths, with their eyes wide open in a weird, opaque glow. Children are shown dying in the middle of a basketball game; adults keel over in a restaurant. There's blood, arm dislocations, demonic noises, and characters dying via tentacles shot through their chests. Basically, it's Cloverfield with an evangelical Christian spin, and as such, will be best enjoyed by those who believe in the Rapture as described in the Bible.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChaderick December 7, 2019

The Common Sense Review

First of all, this movie is a definite, "Don't bother."

My main concern, though, is that whoever wrote the Common Sense review is either horribl... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPencil and Case July 23, 2019

One of the best Rapture movies of all time.

This movie greatly conveys a different way of seeing the Rapture. Differing from the movie Left Behind, e.t.c, it gives you a new perspective on what we should... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAmei April 29, 2019

Boring Propanda

Although there is adequate acting and is somewhat entertaining, the movie is not worth watching. The end is predictable, trite, and repetitive. The messages pro... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's Skylar (Alexa Vega) and Danny's (Bryan Dechart) wedding day, and they've gathered with their friends and family to celebrate. But toward the end of the night, a distant trumpet sounds, and Skylar's parents collapse and immediately die in an elevator, as do dozens more people at the reception. Skylar, Danny, and their friends who haven't died flee, only to find the outside world in utter chaos. Planes are crashing into buildings, and people are being killed by demonic tentacles through their chests. They make their way to a church, where they meet a pastor (John Pyper-Ferguson) who confirms what Skylar has suspected all along: This is the Rapture, as chronicled in the Bible's Book of Revelation. This leads everyone to reflect on how they could have been better Christians -- and to the decision of trying to survive on a dying planet or accepting Christ and leaving for the afterlife. 

Is it any good?

Basically, THE REMAINING is The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield filtered through the prism of the Book of Revelation. And on its own terms, it's hard to imagine anyone who isn't an evangelical Christian finding much to enjoy here. By this point, the gimmick of hand-held cameras and panic-stricken characters crying into smartphones has been overused, and none of the characters in the movie is likeable or unlikable enough to care all that much whether or not they survive on Earth or make it to heaven.

That said, the acting isn't bad, and the overall production values are solid. But it's simply hard to imagine anyone who doesn't believe in the idea of the Rapture being entertained by The Remaining. Without such broad-based appeal, this movie is literally preaching to the choir.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about horror movies. How are the "scares" generated in The Remaining -- through camera shots, music, sound effects, acting? Are they genuinely scary? Why or why not?

  • How is this movie different from other horror movies? How is it similar?

  • Do you think this movie is likely to appeal for those who won't appreciate its faith-based roots? Do you think the filmmakers wanted to reach a niche audience or a general one?

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