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The Reaping

horror, thrillers

A former Christian missionary, who lost her faith after her family was tragically killed, investigates a small Louisiana town that is suffering from what appear to be the Biblical plagues.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
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5 out of 5

Violent thriller has dark religious themes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this ominous, religious-themed thriller has lots of violent scenes, many involving children. Images include a river of blood, dead fish and frogs (some beset by maggots and flies), dead children's bodies and bones, a rape scene (cut into close ups and made confusing because the victim is drugged), the ritual sacrifice of children, scary shadows in creaky houses, faces covered with oozy boils, bloody walls and floors, a mural of a lynching, suicide, locusts attacking men, and flames shooting from the sky. Characters discuss faith and skepticism, and there's a little bit of drinking and some swearing (including at least one "f--k").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the film uses scary "religious" imagery. In general, what messages does the movie send about faith and religion? Can you think of other horror movies that deal with religious issues? Why do the two often go hand in hand? Families can also discuss how the movie simplifies the split between religious faith and science (for instance, in the explanation of miracles).

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: From spooky prelude to investigative twaddle to surprise ending and double-surprise coda, it's as if director Stephen Hopkins is following the handbook of Satanic hooey.

- Tom Long, Detroit News, Thursday, April 5, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The story is basically ridiculous, it's scary but kinda annoying..

- citawijaya, Saturday, August 15, 2009

4 stars

Finally I have seen a film that all my friends here on Flixster have watched. I think I am rating it a little higher then most of my friends, but I for one did enjoy this movie, I am not sure if its because I have spent time down in Louisiana or the fact that I like the bayou, or the fact that the little twist at the end got me. Most films I can figure out but this one GOT ME. Enough said you have to watch it to figure that out. The plague's really caught my interest, the river of blood, the frogs falling out of the sky, which no one seem to bring up, they just brought up dead frogs. Idis Elba played an excellent part, He was better in the HBO Series the Wire. oh by the way I am one of those religious freaks but I do enjoy horror and everything else I watch. I have to give this one a 4 stars and I will add it to my collection.

- bbcfloridabound, Friday, April 17, 2009

3 stars

It's hard to put my finger on what's wrong with this movie, but there seems to be something a little off. Which is a shame, because the idea behind it is a pretty good one, really. An ex-theist has dedicated her life to debunking religious superstition and phenomena and comes upon a town where apparently the ten plagues are apparently afflicting the area. I like the whole Rosemary's Baby/Wicker Man element to this film, but I think that the effects and character designs weight down this movie and lend it an inescapable ugliness. The performances by the actors are also a little off-putting, making an otherwise interesting story seem cheesy. This movie does succeed however in being relatively scary, even for a rather jaded horror fan.

- MidnightMadwoman, Thursday, October 30, 2008