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There's Something Wrong with the Children

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Bloody violence, drinking in creepy but clichéd horror tale.

Movie NR 2023 92 minutes
There's Something Wrong with the Children : Lucy and Spencer approach the cave.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Wasted time can never be regained.

If you ask me, then I say... there's something wrong with the movie industry. It's like they just gave up on putting out quality material. They give the green light to garbage like this, while good original ideas get ignored. The concept was weak. The storyline was laughable. The plot was empty and the ending was deplorable.

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Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a horror movie with occasional eerie scares that are marred by clichés. There's Something Wrong with the Children has some scary moments as the tension builds and these scares become increasingly bloody. However, there's too much of the cheesy jump scares, overbearing "gothic" synthesizer background music, and worn-out trope of bloody noses that signal bad things to come. Seriously: Enough already with the bloody noses as a foreshadowing device.

The kids are quite creepy, and the adults are solid as actors. However, the film's lack of clarity is a problem. They don't really explain what it is the kids see down there and what it's about. They speak in tongues, there's something about marigold flower buds, and after some insect buzzing from the kids, a large insect of some kind appears. They rush an explanation out later, but it doesn't really help that much. It ends up being another so-so "city people go into the countryside for their vacation and face traumatic horror" movie.

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