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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).

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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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

3 stars

Was expecting a far worse movie than I got with this one. Enjoyed it from beginning to end. A good supernatural flick with a lot of twists and turns. I kept thinking that i was right on the reveal but only part right. Good twist.

- jmanard52, Sunday, June 1, 2008

3 stars

The reaping is a fairly decent film. It's not the type of film that keeps you guessing, as the film is pretty predictable from the get go. Hilary Swank prevents the film from being a boring film, and the film does have some pretty good special effects. A good enough film to be entertained, just don't expect anything spectacularly horrifying and great. The film though tense at times doesn't do anything new or that interesting to horrify. The film is decent, but lacks the intrigue to make this film truly memorable, with that in mind The Reaping is simply a film to watch when there's nothing good to watch. A well made film to say the least, The Reaping is simply put a film with minimal scares, and relies too often on special effects. In the end, it's simply an average film to watch.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, June 10, 2010

3 stars

The twist at the end was good. Overall the movie was okay.

- 3niR, Sunday, May 30, 2010