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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Sheila Zellner (as Juno Mills-Cockell)
Kathryn Grody ...
Miss Baxter
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Mrs. Zellner
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Mr. Zellner
Helen Carscallen ...
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Warren Van Evera ...
Grandfather
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Uriel Byfield ...
Little Boy
Mariah Balaban ...
Little Girl
Larry Palef ...
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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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There's A New Name For Terror...

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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27 January 1989 (USA)  »

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Goneis  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$870,532 (USA)
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Shot in seven weeks. See more »

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

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Nick Laemle: Michael, are you ready to behave? I thought I tell you a little story. Want to hear a story. I tell you a little story and I want you to shut up until I'm finished.
Michael Laemle: [Tied to a chair by his father] You eat people.
Nick Laemle: I've been watching you, Michael. You're an outsider, you're not like them. You're like us.
Michael Laemle: I don't love you any more.
Lily Laemle: Yes you do.
Nick Laemle: We're bound for life, no matter how much you hate us.
Nick Laemle: [as he slowly unties Michael] I'm untying, and when you're free. You can sit down with us an eat, or ...
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Moments to Remember
Performed by The Four Lads
Courtesy of CBS Records
By Robert Allen and Al Stillman (as Al Stillman)
Published by Larry Spier, Inc. and Charlie Dietcher Productions
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A fantastic cannibal-suburbia-50s Americana-horror-comedy
4 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Years go by and I still adore Parents and make sure to watch it every so often. Impeccable casting, including a never-better Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, and Sandy Dennis, truly energizes the film. Preteen lead Bryan Madorsky has become a personal hero of mine, perfectly capturing the essence of fear and revilement that ten-year-olds can develop for their seemingly monstrous parents. Unfortunately for Madorsky's character Michael, his parents truly are monsters. I love the burgeoning friendship/romance between the two young kids, particularly in the telling sequences where they get drunk and end up in the freezer and where they speculate on the secret lives of their parents. And any movie that uses Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" over the opening credits is peachy in my book.


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