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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters find ways to set aside deep ideological divides and divisions to defeat a shared enemy.
Set during Spanish Civil War. Fascists, communists, and anarchists must work together when they discover that Nazis have found a way to reanimate the dead.
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Violence & Scariness
Wedding in countryside becomes scene of a mass shooting when Nazis show up: Officers fire machine guns until everyone is bloodied and dead. A dead paratrooper is found hanging by his parachute without any limbs. Lots of zombie violence: The living shoot the undead in the head at point-blank or close range; bloody and graphic. Zombies attack the living, gnawing on their flesh until they become zombies. Character puts gun to head, pulls trigger. After getting bitten by a zombie, character's hand chopped off with knife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Soldier makes a joke to a rookie soldier about masturbation.
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" often used. Also "motherf----r," "bulls--t," "s--tless," "a--holes," "crap," "bitch," "damn," "goddamn," "ass." Ethnic slur against Italians. Homophobic slurs.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Drinking at a wedding. Schnapps, wine drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Valley of the Dead is a 2022 Spanish zombie horror-comedy in which rivals in the Spanish Civil War must work together to stop a zombie outbreak. While there's the expected zombie horror violence of zombies biting into human flesh and humans shooting zombies in the head at close or point-blank range, there's also a scene in which a group of Nazis commit a mass shooting -- killing dozens of attendees at a wedding, with screaming, blood, dead bodies. Also, a character puts a gun to their head and pulls the trigger. After a character is bitten on the hand by a zombie, another character chops their hand off. There's strong language throughout, including "f--k," "motherf----r," and ethnic and homophobic slurs. The film also has cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking. 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 is a surprisingly fun zombie horror-comedy set during the Spanish Civil War. Valley of the Dead (aka Malnazidos), aside from the historical backdrop, doesn't deliver anything new to zombie movies. Zombies eat human flesh, humans try to stop them by shooting them in the head, and it almost goes without saying that the Nazis are the evil force behind it all. The filmmakers know the rules of this game and have enough sense to make it an entertaining adventure rather than yet another ponderous and dreary exercise in goth darkness.
At the very least, it's a chance for non-Spanish audiences to learn more about the Spanish Civil War beyond world history classes and Ernest Hemingway novels. Fortunately, it's more than that, and the movie does an effective job of using the deep divisions in that war to heighten the tension of the story. It's a movie that skirts many different genres, and the light touch helps to keep it consistently engaging in spite of all the expected zombie movie tropes.
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