There's Someone Inside Your House

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Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Teen slasher has a lot of blood, language, drugs, and sex.
  • NR
  • 2021
  • 96 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Don't judge people by their past, their mistakes, or their parents' choices. Friends stick together and help each other out of difficulties.

Positive Role Models

A group of teenage friends support each other, but they also engage in the bullying typical of their high school, and one character denies her relationship with another.

Diverse Representations

The cast is racially diverse. The main character, from Hawaii, was said to have been called "Moana" when she first moved to town. A gender-neutral teen is called out in front of the whole class, as is a gay football player. A student leader is called out for having recorded a racist podcast anonymously, which argued that White people have higher IQs. A boy's father collects Nazi memorabilia. Teens of color suggest police treat them worse than their White counterparts.

Violence

A sadistic murderer is on the loose and we see him killing his victims up close. Mostly this involves stabbings, but there is also a hanging, forced pill swallowing, use of a Taser, and an attempt to burn someone alive. There's a lot of blood and wounds are seen up close. People experience fear. Flashbacks show scenes of extreme hazing resulting in violence (a beating and a person getting pushed into a fire). A teen puts a gun in his mouth that turns out to be a pipe; his father keeps Nazi memorabilia. There's a description of a couple that died in a car crash. A corn maze is set on fire and a group of teens drive through it.

Sex

Two male teens have a phone conversation about what a girl is ready to do with a guy this weekend. They use terms like "perv" and "flat-chested." A boy talks about his 8-year-old sister's "body dysmorphia." A football player mentions the trouble he's had finding his girlfriend's "clit," and the help a friend gave him. His girlfriend, offended, is sitting right next to him. Two teens have sex in a car (we see kissing and her sitting on top of him); two others in a closet at a party (they kiss and begin undressing; he thanks her as they're on their way out later).

Language

Lots of use and variations on "f--k," including "motherf--ker." Also "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "goddamn," "d--ks," and the middle finger.

Consumerism

Brands discussed include Uber and Nasa.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens smoke a lot of weed, including out of repurposed Nazi weapons. Two different teens smoke cigarettes. A boy is addicted to fentanyl pills. Another mentions his parents were "drunks."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that There's Someone Inside Your House is a teen slasher movie based on the novel by Stephanie Perkins that has violence, language, sex, and drug use. The murders are bloody and explicit and involve stabbing, hanging, forced pill swallowing, use of a Taser, and an attempt to burn someone alive. Flashbacks also show scenes of extreme hazing resulting in violence (a beating and a person getting pushed into a fire). A teen puts a gun in his mouth that turns out to be a pipe; his father keeps Nazi memorabilia. There's a description of a couple that died in a car crash. A corn maze is set on fire and a group of teens drive through it. Lots of use and variations on "f--k," including "motherf--ker." Other language includes s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "goddamn," "d--ks," and the middle finger. Teens engage in kissing and sex (no nudity, nothing explicitly shown) and use language like "perv," "flat-chested," "clit." A teenage boy talks about his 8-year-old sister's "body dysmorphia." There's some bullying of gender-neutral and gay teens, talk of teasing a girl of color, discussion of police discrimination towards people of color, and a podcast where a student argues that White people have higher IQs. The cast is diverse, and the main message is not to judge people by their past mistakes or their parents' choices. Teens smoke a lot of weed and one has an apparent addiction to opioid pills.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byOzark2008 November 6, 2021

RATED16+extreme violence,gore,language,smoking,sex

NICE MOVIE LOT OF VIOLENCE AND SOME KISSING SCENES BAD LANGUAGE+SMOKING.
Teen, 13 years old Written byava123405 October 26, 2021

What's the story?

When a high school football player is stabbed to death by someone hiding in a closet in his home at the start of THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE, it's the beginning of a killing spree that affects a small Midwestern town. The killer knew secrets about his victim, and as he continues killing teenagers, he also reveals their secrets to classmates via text message. This worries friends Makani (Sydney Park), Alex (Asjha Cooper), Darby (Jess LaTourette), Ollie (Theodore Pellerin), Rodrigo (Diego Josef), Zach (Dale Whibley), and Caleb (Burkely Duffield), who all have something to hide.

Is it any good?

Trying too hard to capture what it means to be a teen today, this film is neither insightful nor genuine, but it's sufficiently scary. The Midwestern small town of There's Someone Inside Your House, dotted with decrepit farmhouses, secret Nazis, and creepy corn mazes, is the perfect setting for scares. The film spares no effort in staging viciously cruel, exceptionally bloody murders. The fact that each victim is killed in a way individual to their own deepest-held secrets, which are then revealed by text message to the entire high school body, could be a teen's worst nightmare.

But that's about all the film gets right about teenagers. Its reliance on unsubtle stereotypes and cliquish animosities underestimates young people today. Only one or two characters have backstories that warrant minimal exploration; everyone else is drafted in surprisingly broad strokes. A late-script monologue tries to infuse the murderer's donning of masks with deeper significance, but it's too little too late, and the comparisons to Michael Myers won't be flattering. The bright spot in the whole affair is the cast, particularly lead Sydney Park. Give these young actors a better showcase.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how There's Someone Inside Your House crafts scares. What's involved in creating situations and scenes that frighten a viewer, and which scenes did you think were the scariest in this movie?

  • Did this film offer a realistic portrayal of teenagers today? Why or why not?

  • Does this film borrow ideas from other horror movies you've watched? If so, which?

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