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"Monsters" The Mother Instinct (1989)

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A mother knows

6/10
Author: Allexander Lyons (allexand1@comcast.net) from United States
29 May 2009

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A woman's greedy son-in-law plots to steal melons from her garden that give people superhuman strength. He soon discovers that it's not the melons themselves but rather, her unorthodox gardening techniques that are responsible...

"The Mother Instinct" returns back to Monsters' forte: scary monsters. Other than that, the episode itself isn't really all that terrific. The one thing that holds your attention is waiting for the smarmy son-in-law to get what's coming to him. I will give this man his props as he really portrays an absolutely despicable human being convincingly. Elizabeth Franz was also good as the mother who loves her daughter but is unwilling to give in to her rotten husband despite the fact that she knows this will make things harder for her daughter. You do feel for her slightly.

Once he reveals that he's merely been using his wife for her money and drinks the juice from the melons, you definitely don't want him to win. Fortunately, our wise old mother has engineered the ultimate setup for him in an ending that's not at all surprising, but incredibly satisfying. The mother worm deserves an honorable mention as it looks pretty good. Despite the appearance of a monster, there's no violence and gore to be found here.

"The Mother Instinct" is basically another take-it-or-leave-it episode. There's nothing particularly spectacular about it, but it isn't horrible either. It has some slightly original elements to its story and decent-looking monster so it's worth checking out at least once.

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Decent enough episode.

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

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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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