A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No clear positive message, but movie offers viewers a chance to think about how they might cope in stressful situations. Overcome your own personal monsters before they overcome you.
Positive Role Models
No clear role models here -- most characters exhibit poor behavior and are combative -- but there's a female law officer who's extremely competent and manages stressful situations better than her co-workers.
Violence & Scariness
Gory, shocking violence. A woman is killed while her 3-year-old is in the car; it's later implied that the child was killed too. A character is shot in the chest, face several times at close range; his blood flows into the snow. Pictures and scenes of mutilated body parts; mention of a victim's vagina being removed from her body. Two characters slap, punch, tackle each other. Body set on fire. A character stabs another; blood comes out of the wound. A character has part of her arm ripped off; blood spurts out as she tries to run away. Beer bottle thrown at window of police car. A character spits on another's face. A character talks about renting a backhoe and driving it into his ex-wife's house. A character pulls his own tooth out; some blood. A deer is shown dead with slashes on its neck; fur and skin peel off near its hind leg. All the victims are women.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two teens kiss in a car; one is wearing a shirt and underwear. A teen boy touches a teen girl's breasts, and she puts her hand down his pants. Another couple is shown in bathing suits sharing kisses in a hot tub. It's implied that a man was masturbating while leaving a phone message.
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Very strong, frequent language, including "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "ass," "goddamn," "hell," "bitch," and exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ." Slur "f--got."
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Products & Purchases
Coors Light sign on a bar window.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several characters drink beer or wine socially. One is shown breaking his sobriety by drinking beer, then passing out from drinking. He talks about having his first drink at age 15. Discussion about how a character drove to work under the influence. Character drinking at work. Another character is shown smoking meth and injecting heroin into a vein in his hand. Characters are shown vaping.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wolf of Snow Hollow is a gory horror-comedy about a small-town sheriff named John Marshall (Jim Cummings, who also wrote and directed) who's trying to solve a series of murders that seem to happen only during a full moon. It's got lots of graphic violence, including shootings/murders and blood spurts. Viewers see photos of mutilated body parts (arms, breasts, feet) and a man burning a naked body in a bonfire (the bare bottom is seen). A woman is murdered while her 3-year-old daughter is in the car (it's later implied that the child was also killed), and there are graphic descriptions of what happened to murder victims' bodies, such as a woman's vagina being removed from her body. You can also expect lots of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "damn it," "a--hole," and more), yelling, and a character pulling their own tooth out, with some blood. John is recovering from an alcohol dependency and anger issues. Viewers see him get drunk and pass out. He also gets into several fights with co-workers where he slaps, punches, and tackles them (these scenes are played for humor). A character smokes meth and injects heroin; another character is shown vaping. Teens kiss/make out in a car, where they're planning to have sex. Another couple shares kisses in a hot tub, and a scene implies that a man is masturbating while leaving a phone message. All of the victims in the film are women. 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 suspenseful, gory story about a mysterious killer in a small town has a few predictable aspects, which may be what Cummings (who also directed) was going for. In The Wolf of Snow Hollow, you know exactly who's going to be murdered and when. In fact, it's the knowing that makes it suspenseful. And the movie taps into current issues by addressing how some people view the police -- and John wanting them to do better because of recent poor opinion of the department.
Comedic moments serve as tension breakers. And the movie cleverly provides subtle clues to solving the mystery throughout the story -- but some are a bit too subtle and may be overlooked The subplot that involves John's personal life is a little hard to follow at times. Also, a few characters are introduced quite briefly, making it hard to remember who's who and whether they're important. All of that said, the movie does show how stressful police work can be and how your personal life can add to that stress, sometimes leading to a breaking point. The overarching theme is being able to overcome your own personal monsters before they overcome you.
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