A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No strong message here, except to say that you should consider the consequences of your actions.
Positive Role Models
Characters are mainly self-obsessed actors, but they do try to help one another when it's really needed.
Violence & Scariness
Scary stuff. Characters scream in fear. Person with bruised face/black eye (she apparently hit herself repeatedly). Person thrown across room by invisible force. Woman chokes herself. Character bashes own head on computer screen. Other characters pushed, shoved, strangled by unseen forces.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sex-related dialogue.
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Strong language, with multiple uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "ass," "pr--k," and "piss," plus exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ," "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of Netflix.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character drinks glass after glass of white wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Untitled Horror Movie (UHM) is a found-footage-style meta-horror movie about a group of TV actors who try to make their own horror movie. Most of the violence and scary stuff is more suggested than shown outright, with a character shoved and thrown by unseen forces, a woman showing up with a black eye, characters screaming in fear, and a character bashing his head on his computer screen. Language is strong, with several uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," and more. There's brief but strong sex-related dialogue, and one character pours and drinks glass after glass of white wine. It's not particularly deep, but it's fun and clever enough to recommend to mature horror hounds. 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 found-footage movie starts typically with some "practice" scary stuff before turning sideways into a quite clever, double-meta movie with fun characters and some appealingly creepy situations. Of course, Untitled Horror Movie does ride on the coattails of several sharper, scarier movies that came before it -- specifically, Unfriended, Searching, and Host. But it works thanks to its insider knowledge of Hollywood (actor Baines, of Shadowhunters, co-wrote the screenplay with director Nick Simon) and the way those cynical, insider attitudes clash with the world of horror. Most of the time, the characters can't believe that anything paranormal is going on, especially knowing the actors' craft and the strange methods some use to get to a certain emotional place.
Jokes go by quickly if you're not paying attention. Holt, who plays the snootiest of the bunch and the "star" of the canceled show, is the only one with horror experience. "I was the lead in one of the highest-grossing horror films in 2017, and I'm not making a home movie," she huffs, silently referring to 47 Meters Down. Even with her huge ego, she's the voice of reason here. Simon and Baines also make good use of Zoom windows and phone cameras, especially in a scene in which Chrissy's computer dies, she calls Declan on her phone, and he holds her image up to his own Zoom camera. The scares are arguably more clever than frightening, and the characters are as obnoxious as they are interesting, but Untitled Horror Movie still pulls its many layers together in an entertaining way.
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