A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
One woman of color in a secondary role.
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Violence & Scariness
Creepy imagery and horror violence. A man is crucified on a tree, with a close-up of one of his hands as a spike is hammered into it while he screams. A woman is attacked and killed by a plague of locusts, later shown with locusts crawling out of her mouth after she has died. Jump scares throughout. Woman shown biting into umbilical cord of her newborn baby.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing in one scene, leading to implied sex between a married couple in bed; the woman is later pregnant.
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"F--k" used several times. Also "horses--t," "s--t," "damn," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lead character drinks too many shots and falls off his chair before blacking out and waking up in bed with no idea how he returned home. Beer drinking in a bar. Booze drinking at home. Lead character hides from his wife that he's still taking prescription medication that he promised to stop taking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Visitor is a 2022 horror movie in which a man is convinced that he's seeing himself in old paintings and photographs after moving to his wife's hometown in the South. Expect jump scares throughout as well as horror violence and creepy imagery, including a scene in which a man is crucified on a tree (with a close-up of his hand being nailed) and a woman killed by a plague of locusts. Nightmare imagery includes a woman biting the bloody umbilical cord of her newborn baby, and a blind elderly woman screaming. Drinking occurs, including a scene in which the lead character drinks too many shots in a bar and falls backward off his chair. Language includes "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a familiar twist on Southern Gothic horror that feels a little too familiar. The Visitor starts off with a common trope in horror movies: the stranger from the city going out to the country. In this case, Finn Jones plays a Londoner moving with his wife, Maia (played by Jessica McNamee), to the small town in the South where Maia grew up. Of course, it doesn't take long to see that the city slicker and his interactions with the locals are more disturbing than the expected "You ain't from around here, are you?" exchanges, and as the story unfolds, there are plenty of jump scares and "oh, that was just a nightmare" scenes to keep the audience engaged.
It's hard to pinpoint an exact reason why this doesn't quite work. Some of it is in the horror clichés, some of it is in a clunky second half of the movie, and some is a lack of exaggeration of the weird moments. There is one truly creepy and gory scene that works, but some of it isn't fully explained, and then it's like they try to paper over this with imagery implying biblical plagues or clichéd characters like the "obsessive conspiracy theorist investigator of the phenomenon who everyone else writes off as being deranged." The town itself doesn't really give off anything unsettling, and the main drag actually looks quite nice, like a good place to attend an outdoor art and craft fair rather than a haven for evil and what have you. Overall, it just doesn't work.
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