Parents' Guide to

The Wolf of Snow Hollow

By Stephanie Myers, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gory horror-comedy about killer werewolf; drinking, cursing.

Movie R 2020 83 minutes
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age 17+

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age 17+

The real horror of this movie is that people like the main character really exist

This Review Contains Spoilers: THE GOOD - I'll start with the good because, to be honest, there was not much good in here for me. Up until the last 10 minutes the movie did a good job keeping you guessing who the monster/ killer was. The film builds a sinister atmosphere and has little moments where each character seems sinister or suspicious. Having multiple plausible suspects and small clues is part of the recipe for a good mystery story. Sadly, that enjoyment was deflated by the killer being a previously unknown character (wasn't in the movie prior to the end). TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT - Bad Role Models (4/5)- The movie's protagonist, John, is the police cheif's son, deputy in the police force and a recovering alcoholic. John is a terrible person, and the movie takes pains to show us this. His treatment of others was often difficult to watch. He has a quick and violent temper- I would say an easy half of his lines in the movie are yelling or being hostile to the people around him. He slaps and hits people (this is played for "comedy"). To top it off, about halfway through John resumes drinking. He is shown getting unintelligible, black out drunk at work. People around him try to help him despite his anger, belligerence and lack of gratitude. The movie makes you sit through an hour and a half of this dude being a loud jerk to his kid and coworkers, and there is literally no payoff to that. While John is not a 'killer', his form of emotional violence is likely one you / your kids will encounter in real life. Safety Around Unsafe People (2/5) - After John starts drinking again, there's a scene where he's drunk on the floor of his house and his daughter comes home and has to coax / drag him up the stairs into bed. The daughter keeps repeating "Please go to bed, you're scaring me" while crying. He ends up angrily throwing a bottle at a mirror (implied he wanted to throw at her). This could be upsetting to teens who have been around a person who acted similarly. It might be worth a discussion about assessing safety in that situation, whether you can safely help a person and when it's time to get out and get help. Gratuitous "Gritty" Elements (Drug Use & Dead Women) (3/5) All of the murder victims in this film are women and girls. One of the "red herring" suspects is a man with a wolf tattoo. He is shown doing drugs in his trailer (15-20 second on screen close up of drug injection) and also lighting a bonfire with a naked woman's corpse on it. He is not THE killer (although technically a killer?) and dies of an overdose before the last murder. This is more jarring than interesting. It felt lazy and detrimental for a dead woman to be shorthand for "this man bad." Also, while I know drug use happens in the real world, it felt out of place in a movie marketed as a monster movie, for a red herring character. Overall, I stopped this movie three times to check to see how long was left, and honestly I should have just stopped watching the first time. My child may run across this movie if they develop an interest in horror films, but I do not personally see much value in this film other than it being a discussion point for some real world evils (the main character).

Is It Any Good?

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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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