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Parents' Guide to

Valley of the Dead

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, language in fun Spanish zombie horror movie.

Movie NR 2022 101 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Hilarious Action Horror!

With Javier Ruiz Caldera and Alberto Del Toro directing in collaboration. This movie goes beyond traditional zombie movies with wise cracking soldiers, hilarious situations and laughs from start to finish. Netflix should list it as action - horror - comedy!!! Never has dialogue been this creative in any Zombie I have seen to date and I am 65 years old. That's 45 years of Zombies all the way from Bela Lugosi!!

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

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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