The Black Phone

Movie • 2022 • Horror  

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Finney Blake, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.
This movie contains 62 potentially triggering events.
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Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
145 supporters
Yes
7
No
147
18
Binn
dog gets left next to bicycle after child is kidnapped
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Unanswered Triggers
Abandonment
Yes
2
No
2
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
16 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
13
Is an animal abandoned?
37 supporters
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Yes
0
No
5
Abuse
Yes
25
No
0
6
AnonymousFriends
YES!! A father beats his children on screen with a belt
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2
thelocalmaniac
Technically no, but it's implied at the end of the film that the children forgive their physically and emotionally abusive father and move on with their lives. The father apologizes and the children do not respond, but it can still be pretty triggering for folks. (It was for me.)
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Is someone stalked?
11 supporters
Yes
145
No
2
11
Sid
Only briefly before the kidnappings
3 comments | Add comment
16
Sid
The father physically and emotionally abuses his children
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
31 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Yes
2
No
13
Yes
141
No
5
18
howdywrites
Kind of. A parent insists one of the child characters is mentally ill rather than psychic and berates her that they're just dreams and nothing else
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Yes
21
No
0
3
quietpoem
A girl is beaten by her father with a belt. It's a very rough and realistic scene.
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Is a child abused?
54 supporters
Yes
191
No
1
24
Binn
father in movie belts child violently
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Addiction
18
howdywrites
Cocaine is used on screen by a minor character
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Is there addiction?
6 supporters
Yes
155
No
2
15
Binn
father drinks a lot of alcohol and a side character does cocaine
6 comments | Add comment
Yes
162
No
2
13
Binn
father is an alcoholic
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
49 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
9
Does a horse die?
39 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
117
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
76 supporters
Yes
1
No
115
8
No, but there is a dead frog in the class romm and there is talk of cutting frogs open
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Are animals abused?
91 supporters
Yes
3
No
123
1
GreyCaprice
Nothing is explicitly shown, but it is implied near the end of the film that the Grabber uses his dog to attack his victims.
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1
LarryM
An no he doesn’t he uses the dog as a dirrent from the kid going towards the door. The dog never charges or growls at the boy.
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
76
No
50
10
DanyDrogo
Dead frogs about to be dissected- you do not see them die nor do you see anyone start to dissect them.
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Is an animal sad?
34 supporters
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Yes
0
No
4
Are rabbits harmed?
29 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Does a cat die?
79 supporters
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Yes
4
No
132
Does a pet die?
67 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
28
Does a dragon die?
11 supporters
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Yes
1
No
113
Are there spiders?
25 supporters
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Yes
1
No
112
Are there alligators/crocodiles??
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Are there snakes?
1 supporters
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Yes
1
No
110
Are there sharks?
4 supporters
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Yes
0
No
8
Are there bugs?
1 supporters
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Yes
1
No
117
Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
1 supporters
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Yes
1
No
6
Is someone drugged?
1 supporters
Yes
21
No
0
4
natalie0215
the grabber sprays stuff in the kids mouth when he kidnaps them, it's referenced later:"you're already down here, what would i need to drug you for?"
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Is there pedophilia?
52 supporters
Yes
21
No
1
5
Pantalones
The Grabber is heavily implied to be a pedophile. There is no explicit sex on screen but he makes statements regarding children he kidnapped that suggest he molested them.
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Is someone held under water?
8 supporters
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Yes
0
No
17
Is rape mentioned?
35 supporters
Yes
11
No
2
4
Extremely implied

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1
GreyCaprice
Two kids get into a fist fight near the start of the film.

The main character is threatened by a group of bullies, and later beaten up by them.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
50
No
6
2
zoie
no one is actually restrained, but characters are seen being grabbed and kidnapped
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
65
No
62
31
technopilled
not sure what the other comment is talking about, as it is most definitely implied, and quite heavily so; the kidnapper plays a game with his victims called “naughty boy,” of which his “favorite part” is briefly discussed (though never explicitly clarified or shown). when playing the “naughty boy” game, he’s also half naked, for some reason. he also watches the main character as he sleeps, says he “won’t do anything [the main character] won’t like” in a suggestive tone, and the sexual component is both confirmed and intended by the director and writers. as a csa victim myself, it’s extremely difficult to miss.
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Is someone's mouth covered?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
1
Yes
0
No
13
Bodily Harm
Yes
59
No
42
18
howdywrites
No, but a lot of the characters can be seen with visible cuts to their face/body
7 comments | Add comment
Yes
4
No
1
0
GreyCaprice
SPOILER After trying to escape, Finney wakes up and sees that his hand is injured.
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Are there dislocations?
1 supporters
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Yes
1
No
2
Is there throat mutilation?
1 supporters
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Yes
2
No
2
Yes
117
No
1
16
Pantalones
A character is strangled with a phone cord
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Is there decapitation?
11 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Is there cannibalism?
19 supporters
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Yes
1
No
107
Is someone crushed to death?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
27
Is someone choked?
1 supporters
Yes
14
No
0
1
Anonymous
someone is choked with a cord towards the end of the movie
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Is someone burned alive?
1 supporters
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Yes
1
No
105
Yes
3
No
96
8
Tdahlgreen
Someone is seen inside of a hole but not buried or covered
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Is there body horror?
24 supporters
Yes
6
No
9
0
A bit is shown through ghosts
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Is there amputation?
10 supporters
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Yes
1
No
100
Yes
93
No
10
18
Binn
a man gets an axe to the head towards end
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
10 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Is there a hanging?
18 supporters
Yes
6
No
93
20
fraisierdesbois
There isn't a hanging per se, but someone gets strangled with a phone cord
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
30
No
3
2
The grabber gets strangled
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
78
No
26
11
howdywrites
Child characters teeth bleed during a fight
3 comments | Add comment
1
ShartSimpson
The Grabber drugs Finney when he kidnaps him. It’s something in a spray can. Finney becomes unconscious and wakes up on a dirty mattress in a basement, his vision fuzzy.
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
109
No
6
9
Pantalones
A character falls in a hole and snaps their leg
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Does someone have a seizure?
4 supporters
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Yes
1
No
97
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
34 supporters
Add comment
Yes
3
No
107
Yes
52
No
42
11
Binn
a man breaks his ankle towards end
1 comment | Add comment
Is someone tortured?
49 supporters
Yes
113
No
8
23
howdywrites
Not on screen, but it's verbally described. The main character is also borderline starved
4 comments | Add comment
Does someone fall down stairs?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
62
Does someone fall to their death?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
2
No
95
Yes
5
No
83
8
Binn
one of the kidnapped children had blood covering his eyes, cant really see much else than that
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Is someone stabbed?
4 supporters
Yes
4
No
1
1
GreyCaprice
While being kidnapped Finney gouges his attacker's arm with a pen.

SPOILER Near the end of the film a character is killed an axe blow to his head.
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
32
No
76
18
Binn
no excessiveness, but a man gets axe to head and you see it. probably the most gory in movie
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
28
Does a kid die?
24 supporters
Yes
129
No
2
22
Binn
you do not see them die, only their ghosts and the moments they were kidnapped.
5 comments | Add comment
Yes
26
No
4
4
zoie
many minors are kidnapped and it his heavily implied their kidnapper gets pleasure out of watching them
2 comments | Add comment
Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
7
Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
6 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
24
Yes
10
No
0
0
The main character’s best friend gets murdered
1 comment | Add comment
Does a non-human character die?
12 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
14
Does someone die?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
16
No
0
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
18 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
63
Yes
0
No
5
Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
48
Family
Yes
134
No
1
16
Pantalones
Several children are kidnapped by a serial killer. They are abducted from the street and thrown into a van.
4 comments | Add comment
Does a parent die?
7 supporters
Yes
71
No
30
15
It is mentioned that a parent has passed away due to unaliving themself.
2 comments | Add comment
Does someone cheat?
12 supporters
Add comment
Yes
2
No
91
Yes
4
No
93
2
Sid
Finney leaves his rocket pen behind in the basement when he escapes
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
9
No
2
4
off screen the main character’s mom is mentioned to have taken her own life
2 comments | Add comment
Fear
Yes
118
No
2
15
Binn
not super scary but a little startling. two of the victims appear very suddenly, one appears behind mc bloodied and one floating from the floor dripping with blood.
4 comments | Add comment
Is someone possessed?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
97
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
Yes
119
No
1
10
Pantalones
Numerous ghosts of murdered children are seen.
4 comments | Add comment
Are there clowns?
8 supporters
Yes
10
No
86
14
carriewhite
the kidnapper is a magician, paints his face similar to a clown in one scene.
5 comments | Add comment
Are there natural bodies of water?
0 supporters
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Yes
0
No
10
Is trypophobic content shown?
11 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
10
Are there razors?
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4 supporters
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Yes
0
No
14
Yes
1
No
92
9
BleuC
A girl is shown briefly in a bathtub, but there is no nudity and only her head is visible.
2 comments | Add comment
Are there mannequins?
3 supporters
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Yes
0
No
17
Gross
2
catmeres
no but there is audio of someone peeing
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Does someone vomit?
49 supporters
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Yes
5
No
119
Is someone eaten?
14 supporters
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Yes
0
No
9
Is there on-screen pooping?
16 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
7
Does someone spit?
5 supporters
Yes
40
No
38
3
howdywrites
Not spit perse but there's some blood coming out of mouths during the movie
1 comment | Add comment
Is there audio gore?
24 supporters
Yes
89
No
4
4
howdywrites
Occasionally, mainly towards the end
4 comments | Add comment
Is there farting?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
10
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
33
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
6 supporters
Yes
63
No
53
16
gayrat
Absolutely yes! The cops take credit for solving the crime despite them not doing a dang thing, lol, and the film never interrogates/questions that.
4 comments | Add comment
Is there incarceration?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
5
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
16 supporters
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Yes
0
No
11
Are there transphobic slurs?
20 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
10
Yes
0
No
6
Yes
0
No
5
1
Hrgood2017
No but Finney is called the f slur and told he shouldn’t be in the boys toilet if that might trigger you.
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Is there bisexual cheating?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
13
Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
7
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
90
Yes
7
No
83
4
Qu1nnd1g0
Well it's not a needle it's a spray can with a drug
2 comments | Add comment
Is there a mental institution scene?
14 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
88
Is there a hospital scene?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
93
Is there menstruation?
4 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
5
Does someone have cancer?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
92
Mental Health
Yes
6
No
76
4
Dannythetwo
The alcoholic and violent father appears to suffer from ptsd due to his wife’s suicide.
1 comment | Add comment
1
ShartSimpson
The father is an alcoholic.
2 comments | Add comment
Does someone self harm?
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34 supporters
Add comment
Yes
2
No
89
Is autism misrepresented?
14 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
6
Yes
53
No
35
5
swoonsing
The killer/kidnapper is clearly "unhinged," but no diagnoses are referenced and none really even come to mind. It's just standard horror movie villainy.
5 comments | Add comment
Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
6 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
12
1
thelocalmaniac
Mother is mentioned to have taken her life prior to the events of the film; nothing is shown and the conversation is nongraphic.
1 comment | Add comment
1
xaby
The main character sees and hears ghosts
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Does someone have a meltdown?
3 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
2
Yes
42
No
36
8
fraisierdesbois
Eating sounds
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Is there ABA therapy?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
7
Is there body dysphoria?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
11
Is there body dysmorphia?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
80
1
Oakydxn_
It’s not said like this, but it was said that a parent killed themself
1 comment | Add comment
Yes
50
No
37
11
howdywrites
Somewhat. Kid panics when he is kidnapped/can't escape
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
77
No
10
9
sapphicstrodes
lots of scenes take place in a small basement
5 comments | Add comment
3
But the kidnapper starves the victim
2 comments | Add comment
Is there autism specific abuse?
22 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
86
17
Not during the movie or on screen, but it is mentioned that the mother of the main characters unalived herself.
5 comments | Add comment
Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
0
Are there underwater scenes?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Does a baby cry?
12 supporters
Yes
2
No
78
1
Lswizzle
Not specifically a baby, but a child.
1 comment | Add comment
Is there shakey cam?
19 supporters
Yes
44
No
34
5
Sid
During the dream sequences
2 comments | Add comment
Is there screaming?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
4
No
0
1
natalie0215
f word is used a few times
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6
dmackadelic
only emergency vehicle lights. im epileptic and saw this movie with no problem
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
10
No
0
Is the fourth wall broken?
4 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
86
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
80
Is there childbirth?
11 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
80
Are there abortions?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
83
Are there babies or unborn children?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
2
No
77
Does someone miscarry?
12 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
78
Does a pregnant person die?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
80
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
22 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
80
13
fraisierdesbois
The protagonist is called "a girl" by bullies in the school bathroom
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
1
No
88
7
Gab
No, but the first two children that we see taken and murdered are not white.
2 comments | Add comment
Yes
110
No
1
13
Binn
f slur
7 comments | Add comment
Yes
2
No
76
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
78
Is there hate speech?
13 supporters
Yes
103
No
2
8
Sid
Homophobia and a bit of racism
2 comments | Add comment
Is a minority is misrepresented?
8 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
11
Yes
8
No
74
1
Sid
I would say that it sounds like it’s for sexual purposes, but I agree that that doesn’t make him LGBT. Him saying to Finney “I will never make you do anything you don’t like”, the whole “naughty boy game” thing where he sits shirtless and waits to beat them with a belt, him watching over Finney whilst he sleeps and just the fact that he only kidnaps boys are all suspect. “The second part is is favourite part” seems to suggest some kind of sexual assault
3 comments | Add comment
Yes
2
No
69
Are there n-words?
11 supporters
Yes
3
No
79
9
Cryptid_Crow
A slur for a latine/latinx person is used.
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Is there aphobia?
8 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
10
Race
Is there blackface?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
8
Relationships
Yes
6
No
21
2
thelocalmaniac
It is heavily implied the villain SAs his child victims. Nothing is shown on screen or technically discussed, but there are undeniable implications and the directors have suggested it was intentional.
1 comment | Add comment
Religious
Yes
4
No
1
3
GreyCaprice
Finney's sister prays frequently throughout the film; she also has visions.
1 comment | Add comment
Are there demons or Hell?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Sex
Is there sexual content?
28 supporters
Add comment
Yes
8
No
80
Yes
4
No
18
5
thelocalmaniac
Villain says a few overly flirtatious things to minor, but nobody is shown in any problematic state of undress.
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Are there nude scenes?
12 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
30
Is there bestiality?
41 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
14
Is there BDSM?
0 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Does someone lose their virginity?
6 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
11
Are there incestuous relationships?
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40 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
89
Sexism
3
marbl
I mean a male character is told not to cry but not in a hateful way
1 comment | Add comment
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
4 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
23
Does someone have a chronic illness?
7 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
18
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
16 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
18
Is someone terminally ill?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
7
Social
Is someone homeless?
3 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
80
Are there anti-abortion themes?
15 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
10
Are there fat suits?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
12
Is existentialism debated?
5 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
3
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
1 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
82
Are there end credit scenes?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
4
Yes
7
No
83
11
catmeres
it’s bittersweet but satisfying
2 comments | Add comment
Vehicular
Does a car crash?
3 supporters
Add comment
Yes
2
No
77
Does a car honk or tires screech?
3 supporters
Add comment
Yes
69
No
2
Does a plane crash?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
78
Yes
46
No
28
6
howdywrites
It was hard to tell but I'm pretty sure the kid runs into the van rather than gets hit
2 comments | Add comment
Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
2 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
78
Yes
87
No
1
8
Binn
children get beat up a couple times, bloodied victims appear throughout movie, a man gets hit with an axe to the head
4 comments | Add comment
Does someone drown?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
2
No
79
Is there gun violence?
6 supporters
Add comment
Yes
1
No
77