A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.

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Lily Laemle
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Millie Dew
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London Juno ...
Sheila Zellner (as Juno Mills-Cockell)
Kathryn Grody ...
Miss Baxter
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Mrs. Zellner
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Mr. Zellner
Helen Carscallen ...
Grandmother
Warren Van Evera ...
Grandfather
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Lab Attendant
Uriel Byfield ...
Little Boy
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Little Girl
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Michael Laemie (played by Brian Madorsky) is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Especially his father, Nick Laemie (played by Randy Quaid). Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on the grill outside, but has trouble explaining his fears to his new-found friend Sheila, or the school's social worker. Written by Jeff Mercer <riffer@afn.org>

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27 January 1989 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$870,532 (USA)
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The character Millie Dew, played by Sandy Dennis: "Millie Dew" was a play on the word "mildew", which means moldy, musty or damp. See more »

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When Nick Laemle slaps the cinder block basement wall, it visibly flexes. See more »

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Lab Attendant: I have here an opportunity
[holds out a pen to Michael]
Lab Attendant: this pen is made of chemicals, but if I took these same chemicals and recombined them, I could make an automobile, or an electric light! The whole world is made of chemicals Micheal, you can make anything! And if you're smart... you'll make opportunities.
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Spoofed in Family Guy: Peter Problems (2014) See more »

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Meatloaf Mambo
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
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the blackest of black comedies.
25 February 2007 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Stunningly weird and truly clever horror-comedy is an unforgettable trip.

Young boy begins to suspect that his too-normal parents are up to something strange as they continue to push him to eat his meats at dinner.

A royally twisted satire on 50's Americana, Parents is a wildly warped cross between Blue Velvet (1986), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and various sitcoms of the McCarthy era. The story is quite intriguing, disturbing, and down-right funny at times. The direction is sharply done creating lots of inventive cinematography and hauntingly eerie visuals (namely that shot where our young hero dives into his bed only to sink into an ocean of blood). A good music score by Angelo Badalamenti, nice sets, and an over-all atmosphere of dread and mystery also help to make this film memorable.

The cast is a true highlight as well. Randy Quaid is downright frightening as the stern father. Mary Beth Hurt is solid as the high-strung mother. Sandy Dennis is quite good as the school councilor. Brian Madorsky does perhaps the best performance, especially considering his young age, as the nervous and understandably scared kid.

Parents is a film that is almost beyond words for me. It's surely one of the most horrific black comedies ever and one that must be seen to be felt! A winner.

**** out of ****


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