A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages in horror movie centered on an immortality death cult.
Positive Role Models
Characters are archetypal horror movie characters.
Violence & Scariness
Woman tied to a bed and raped, not shown. Man burned alive in a cult ritual. Creepy horror imagery throughout. Knife pulled. Jump scares throughout.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topless nudity in a window, brief. Nightmarish imagery of people dressed in costumes having sex. Upon entering a house, a man hears a couple having sex. Talk of "gettin' it."
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"F--k" used several times. Also: "s--t," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne drinking -- characters shown drunk and drugged. Scotch drunk out of a flask. Man shown passed out in bed with a bottle of booze next to his pillow.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Village in the Woods is a 2019 British horror movie in which a young couple lured into a remote and dreary village find themselves targeted by sinister forces. Expect some horror movie violence and imagery throughout. A woman is shown tied to a bed, on the verge of being raped (not shown). A man is burned alive in a cult ritual. Jump scares throughout. Nightmarish imagery of people dressed in costumes while having sex. Brief topless nudity in a window. Upon entering a building, a man hears a couple having sex. "F--k" used several times. Characters get drunk on champagne and are drugged. Man shown passed out in bed with a bottle of booze next to his pillow. While the violence is more often implied than shown, the movie is still quite scary and is best for older teens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Village in the Woods comes across as intending to be a tribute to many horror movies of the past, particularly British horror of the '60s and '70s, but the result is contrived. It's like the filmmakers really want you to know that this titular village, Coppers Cross, is creepy, unsettling, and dismal, and that the villagers aren't what they seem. Actually, the villagers seem creepy from the get-go, with voices belying something sinister beneath the false smiles and overdone courtesy. The expected plot twists aren't terribly surprising, and there's a point in the second act where everything is so beyond established, thoughts meander, and you spend more time thinking about how the lead actor looks like a bearded Keith Moon, the late drummer of The Who, than whether or not they'll survive this inheritance scam gone wrong.
It's not a bad movie, but it fails to chart any new ground out of all the movies that influence it. There's a feeling that one has seen this before, many times and in many ways. Creepy small-town folk, big-city strangers, death cults, ritual sacrifice, pagan costumes, and so much thick fog. Nothing truly unique comes out of it. There's nothing wrong with the acting, as everyone is doing what they need to be doing to set the eerie mood and create the suspense, but there just isn't enough to the story to make it especially memorable. Which just goes to show that the best nods to creative influences aren't by imitating what they did, but rather taking what they did as a starting point while creating something entirely new.
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