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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters cast hoodoo spells, deceive one another, and commit murder; a flashback shows a lynching scene.
Violence & Scariness
Hoodoo spells, some jump scenes, scary scenes (wind, storms, shadows, ghosts), and violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Partial nudity (male and female, while bathing).
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Mild, though one use of f-word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent cigarette smoking, an early club/party scene, some drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie features scary images of hoodoo and conjuring, as well as jump scenes, abrupt flashbacks to the legendary source of the trouble, and some language (one use of the f-word). Characters smoke and drink, and use spells to call up and chase away spirits. One character hunts another with a shotgun; a wheelchair-bound older man frequently looks frightened and cannot speak; a woman falls and breaks both her legs; characters are trapped in rooms and ghosts appear. A lynching scene appears in a flashback. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
According to legend, the mansion was once home to a family who kept a pair of black servants, Papa Justify (Ronald McCall) and Mama Cecile (Jeryl Prescott Sales). Caroline discovers their pictures hidden around the house, along with various conjurations and rings shaped like snakes.
This is a scary and disturbing movie. Not surprisingly, especially in a film about a girl who wants so badly to make amends for her personal past, the black couple's story represents (in abruptly edited, sepia-toned flashbacks) the definitive onus of U.S. history, involving white fear of blackness, white property anxieties, and white violence in the form of lynching. "The house is theirs as much as ours," mutters Violet. Everyone knows that white folks meddling in black folks' enchantments never works out in the movies. And so Caroline falls into trouble, not quite knowing whom she's helping and whom she's battling.
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