Goosebumps

The Goosebumps movie, while based on a surprisingly creepy book series, is very light on the violence and gore. In the spirit of the original books, most of the disaster is aimed at how kids would view something on the scale of the climax. Scenes where characters are frozen, attacked by werewolves, and zombies all stay completely bloodless, while still managing to translate the fear well enough. However, it should be noted that, completely out of the blue at the halfway point, a teenage character very suddenly appears to have been eaten onscreen. While he turns out to be fine, it can be very jarring if you’re not expecting it. Overall, the film has a lot of bloodless carnage, but some very scary imagery. As a whole, if you feel anxious about zombies, monsters, puppets, and an unexpected scene that seems as if a child is being killed. However, due to the fact that there’s a lot of carnage with various scary creatures, I probably wouldn’t recommend that younger viewers watch this without a parent nearby, or unless they’re prepared and don’t mind this kind of imagery.

Mad Max Fury Road

Fury Road, as expected of a Mad Max movie, can often have very jarring and violent moments. Some of the most prominent ones include several jarring scenes of dying people, the death of a pregnant woman, and the enslavement of women. While not shown onscreen, there is implied rape of the female characters. Most of the movie is made up of characters dying, and the bloodiness varies depending on the scene. Due to the fact that a lot of the intense scenes are done without the use of CGI, it’s possible that one may find them more intense than when done with special effects. For the most part, the blood isn’t focused on, but there is a shocking amount of cruelty and abuse towards women in this film that may trigger unfortunate thoughts or memories for some people. Overall, there’s a lot going on in this movie, and it’s difficult to tell exactly what scenes would be objectionable for certain viewers, as everyone is completely different in what makes them uncomfortable. Suffice it to say, there is a lot of violence towards women, blood, and intense scenes of violence.

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd is a movie adaptation of the popular musical of the same name, detailing the fictional actions of a murdering barber in London. Due to the nature of the original play, it can be expected that there are several gruesome murder scenes, as well as a running theme of cannibalism. Most of the death scenes are very bloody, and, though the director doesn’t shoot for ‘gruesome realism’ by making the gore particularly explosive or over the top, it should be noted that this movie is still a horror movie, and a slasher one to boot. A character is burned to death, human flesh is turned into meat pies, and, again, there is blood absolutely everywhere. While it seems that there’s not much else to cover, it should also be noted that, while not shown onscreen, there is a mention of rape. Sweeney Todd is one of the oddest choices for a musical I’ve come across in a while, and it is certainly not for those who struggle with blood.

Toy Story 3

As expected of a Pixar movie, Toy Story 3 is completely bloodless, focusing exclusively on toys who cannot bleed. However, there are many scenes in this film that could startle or even scare both younger and older viewers. One particular character I feel requires attention would be a cymbal-playing monkey who appears occasionally in a darkened room. While the monkey itself is exceptionally creepy, one animator probably had a field day designing exactly what his childhood nightmares looked like, the monkey also has a jumpscare midway through the movie that would probably give any viewer a shock. Also, there is a baby doll that acts as the main villain’s bodyguard that certainly made me look at my American Girl baby doll awkwardly for the rest of the month. Near the end of the film as well, there is a very disturbing scene that tackles the fears of a fiery death with no escape. Viewers who aren’t used to, or aren’t expecting such imagery, may find issue with the scene, as the threat of an agonizing death is present, but all characters involved clearly accept it in a way that may cause some to associate it with suicide. As for the other scenes, most are tame, as long as you’re used to seeing exaggeration of the behaviors of children, but please be warned that some of these scenes can be startling on their own. Pixar has always been very good at startling their audiences, and I truly believe that Toy Story 3 is no exception.

Update on Safefilm

Due to changes in my personal life, Safefilm will currently only be updating on Mondays and Fridays. I will still be doing movies of the week in the upper right hand corner of the site, but I will not be writing full-length articles about them. However, I am also now taking requests for any movies you would like to see me write about. If you have a movie in mind, enter it through contacts, and tell me, along with your name so I can say who requested it. Thank you for reading thus far, and, when I have a little more time on my hands, I will return to posting more often.

The Giver

The Giver, as far as most sci-fi dystopian films go, is rather non-violent and bloodless. However, there are a handful of scenes that I believe viewers should be aware of. In the movie, there is a rather unexpected flash to a vision of war, which I believe to be the Vietnam war. It’s rather surprising, and, while there is some lead-up to it, it is better to be prepared for it, rather than just go in blindly. People are shot onscreen, and there is a large amount of fear and confusion going on in said scene. There is also a segment that includes the killings of two elephants by poachers, but the suffering of the animals is not drawn out in any way. The final potentially triggering scene, which I feel needs to be discussed very clearly, is the death of a baby that happens onscreen. The baby is killed in a medical, non-violent way, but they still show the baby very clearly dying, and having it’s body disposed of. The scene is intended to shock the viewer and, while the film makers were respectful about not exploiting it with needless gore, the death is still shocking and very upsetting if you’re unprepared for it. However, if you feel you will be alright with these scenes, than I recommend the movie, as it is a surprisingly interesting experience.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Guardians of the Galaxy two, much like it’s predecessor, is nowhere near as bloody as superhero movies seem to enjoy being these days. The opening scene does feature a main character being swallowed, and a creature being split open, but the opening fight is largely in the background until the very end. There is some comical violence as well, but the tone shifts shortly after to show execution via vacuum of space. Fortunately, the deaths are not at all gory in an attempt to be ‘realistic’. There is also a scene considerably later that includes a large amount of characters being killed onscreen, and very quickly, but the deaths are not especially gory, nor are they lingered on more than necessary. However, about midway through the movie, the topic of a massive amount of children dying is brought up and, while the children are not killed onscreen, the bones of said children do appear briefly. Finally, the climax includes a very rapid expansion of something likely killing those in it’s way, but, again, it is very quick, with little focus on it. Overall, much like the first one, GOTG 2 tries hard to keep itself open to audiences of all levels of comfort.