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"Monsters" The Mother Instinct (1989)

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Boring, at least until the giant worm monster shows up

5/10
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
24 June 2015

The inclusion of a giant rubbery monster always lifts these episodes of the MONSTERS TV show, which sometimes has episodes with human monsters or no monsters at all which are pretty boring. THE MOTHER INSTINCT has a storyline about a woman developing a new muscle formula from fruit. Her family life is brought into danger thanks to the conniving actions of her son-in-law, who wants to use the formula to make his fortune.

The storyline is low budget and predictable, with an obvious human villain and dull supporting characters. Still, the presence of a giant worm creature makes it surprisingly enjoyable; not great perhaps, but nonetheless a more memorable episode than many others.

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Decent enough episode.

5/10
Author: Paul Andrews (poolandrews@hotmail.com) from UK
5 May 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Monsters: The Mother Instinct starts as lying, cheating, thieving & womanising Nelson (Tom Gilroy) persuades his wife Sheila (Finn Carter) to ask her well off mother (Elizabeth Franz) for money to help cover his debts, however she refuses & a fight ensues in which it comes to light that she has developed a special muscle energising serum from the enzymes of Melon's that gives whoever takes it super human strength for a short time. Sensing an opportunity to print money Nelson uses his gullible wife Shelia to find out the secret of the serum, when it's finally revealed Nelson wants it all for himself & Sheila finally sees him for what he really is but there is one last secret that Nelson hadn't bargained for...

Episode fifteen from season one of Monster this originally aired in the US during February 1989, directed by Bette Gordon this is an alright episode of Monsters but nothing special. The Disney styled plot about a magic serum that gives an old lady super human strength & her pantomime villain son-in-law who wants it all for himself would probably be more suited as an episode of Tales from the Darkside (1984-1988) except that it has a huge slimy monster worm at the end which just about pushes it into horror territory & saves what otherwise would have been a fairly dull twenty odd minutes. The plot is a little silly, the twist's aren't great & at only twenty odd minutes in length not that much happens but I still found it watchable enough & a great big slimy monster worm turning up always helps. There's also a slight moral message here about protecting ones offspring, it's both mirrored in Sheila's mother & indeed the giant worm who both only seem to have their babies best interests at heart in a roundabout kind of way & that's obviously where the title The Mother Instinct comes from too.

As usual for Monsters there's a monster here & it's a huge giant worm with a big mouth & lots of sharp teeth as well as lots of little slimy worms with big mouths & sharp teeth. The effects are alright but it's shown very briefly & in a cloud of smoke for some reason. There's nothing in the way of gore here in this one & not even much horror to be honest.

Monsters: The Mother Instinct is another watchable episode that isn't amongst the show's best but still passes twenty odd minutes harmlessly enough & anyone into their horror anthology telly show's should like it.

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