What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this slasher remake is a never-ending series of bloody, brutal, violent murders perpetrated by a mutilated sociopath. There are several explicit sex scenes, as well as scenes that mingle sexuality and violence -- like when a topless woman is knifed through the head with a machete. And as if all that weren't enough, characters swear nonstop, drink, and discuss and use drugs (particularly marijuana). The fact that all the pot-smoking characters wind up dead shouldn't be considered incisive social commentary, since those who don't partake wind up dead, too.
  • Families can talk about the appeal of "slasher" films like the Friday the 13th series. Why are they so popular (and profitable)?
  • What draws us to scary, violent movies? What's the impact of seeing so many violent acts?
  • Why do you think these films feel the need to equate sexuality with violence?
  • Why would a studio remake a film as trivial and empty as the original, anyway?
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