Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight parents guide

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight Parent Guide

The filmmakers found a way to make a slasher flick worse - teen nudity, that's what.

Overall D

Netflix: A group of teens have been shipped off to camp for a digital detox - but things in the woods keep getting stranger and stranger, and now they have to build a whole new set of skills to survive.

Release date October 28, 2020

Violence D
Sexual Content D
Profanity D
Substance Use D

Why is Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight Not Rated

Run Time: 102 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Deep in the dark Polish forest is a camp for young adults whose parents feel that they need a break from technology. No smartphones, no tablets, no laptops. Nothing. The most exciting thing on the schedule is a three-day hike out into the woods. Camp Counselor Iza (Gabriela Muskala) leads her little group out, but come the morning of the second day, one of the campers is missing. Splitting up to go look for them, Zosia (Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz), Julek (Michael Lupa), and Iza soon find that the missing camper is more than missing – he’s dead. And it looks like they’ll be going the same way soon, since a terrible superhuman monster is roaming the woods with revenge on its mind…

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight is bargain-bin Polish Friday the 13th. It’s not subtle, either. There’s an iconic kill scene from Friday the 13th VII which this movie shamelessly copies frame by frame. The charming little campers wandering around the woods are eerily reminiscent of the teens at Camp Crystal Lake. Based on appearances and personality traits alone, you can figure out who is going to survive and the order in which the others are going to die within the first ten minutes of the movie. If you’ve seen any other slasher movie, you’ve seen most of this one already.

As such, this is grotesquely inappropriate for younger audiences. Slasher films, as the name implies, get their entertainment from gruesome and gory murder. So unless you really want your 12-year-old watching someone being fed into a woodchipper after having their eyes gouged out, I’d recommend you keep this one for a more adults-only kind of Halloween party. Although, frankly, if you’re planning on serving snacks, I might pick something a bit less…messy. For me, my biggest irritation is the graphic sex scene between teenaged characters. There are movies that handle sex scenes between teenagers better, and the way they do that is typically by avoiding portraying teen characters naked. Call me a prude, but I don’t like seeing teenaged girls naked, even if the actress involved is clearly in her twenties.

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight isn’t anything particularly special, but genre fans might have a good time with the over-the-top murder spree (if they don’t mind subtitles, that is). Frankly, I think even horror fans might have a better time re-watching one of their other favorites rather than sit through this subtitled re-hashing of slasher cliches. As for me, I just wish I hadn’t tried to eat my lunch while watching this. Something about graphic dismemberments just isn’t doing it for my appetite. Wonder why…

Directed by Bartosz M. Kowalski. Starring Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz, Michal Lupa, and Wiktoria Gasiewska. Running time: 102 minutes. Theatrical release October 28, 2020. Updated

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight
Rating & Content Info

Why is Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight rated Not Rated? Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: A dead and mutilated animal is shown. An individual is beaten against a tree until dead. A number of severed heads are seen. A character has a large pole driven through their head. A man is knocked out by a strong blow to the back of the head. One individual has their eyes gouged out and is fed into a woodchipper. Several individuals are stabbed repeatedly. A character has their tongue ripped out. A man is shown burning alive. A man is cut in half lengthwise. Corpses are seen being eaten.
Sexual Content: There is a graphic sex scene between two teenaged characters which features female toplessness. A used condom is seen. There are several uses of explicit sexual language in dialogue.
Profanity: There are 19 uses of extreme profanity, five scatological curses, and occasional mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen drinking. Teenagers are shown smoking marijuana.

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This film borrows heavily from other gory slasher flicks, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Evil Dead.