Mum and Dad, and their 'adopted' children, Birdie & Elbie, work at the airport. The family live off whatever they scavenge from cargo holds, offices and hotels - including a steady stream ... See full summary »
In Spain, the former Nazi doctor Klaus tries to commit suicide jumping off the roof of his manor. However, he survives with the entire body paralyzed and dependable of an iron lung with ... See full summary »
A group of guys capture a young girl with the intent of hurting her. They torture her in many ways, from beating her to putting a sharp piece of needle-like metal through her eye which ... See full summary »
An unnamed doctor has always had everything he's ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the prime of their life ... See full summary »
Shayla Stonefeather, a Native American attorney prosecuting a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial, returns to the reservation to say goodbye to her dying father. After the teen is ... See full summary »
In the center of a monotonous suburban existence, Sarah lives silently and in subservience to her icy husband Patrick. They have been together far too long, and Patrick's affections for his... See full summary »
Because a high school girl's parents refuse to discuss sex education (called "personal hygiene" in the film) with her, she gets pregnant by her boyfriend, who conveniently dies. Her parents... See full summary »
"Subconscious Cruelty" is divided in four segments: Ovarian Eyeball - a naked woman is sliced by a sharp blade and an eyeball is removed from her belly. Human Larvae - a deranged man that ... See full summary »
Mum and Dad, and their 'adopted' children, Birdie & Elbie, work at the airport. The family live off whatever they scavenge from cargo holds, offices and hotels - including a steady stream of transient workers who populate the airport's soulless hub. When Lena, a young Polish office cleaner, is befriended by Birdie, she gets drawn into a nightmarish world of torture, murder and perversity. Imprisoned in a suburban House of Horrors and designated a 'Mummy's Girl', Lena's only options appear to be to become part of the family - and join them in their insanity - or die. Written by
I wish I could recommend this movie more strongly.
It's competently made for its budget, the acting is above average and very convincing, good photography, creepy sound design and production...
The problem with Mum & Dad is literally that the script just doesn't try for much more than the standard horror gimmicks and gross-outs. By this, I mean there is not much going on psychologically here. The characters motivations and back stories are virtually absent and that detracts a lot.
Yes, I know they're sadistic psychopaths and that should negate the need for much depth, but in a film as static as this, it makes for a long plod (even at 80 minutes). In addition, a good part of the film seems to be lifted from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (at least in structure) and this struck me as odd, since I seem to remember a real-life case in England very similar to this one. Why not go that route instead of the paint-by-Tobe-Hooper thing?
If you're into the classic Fangoria-style horror --- the "OK, here's the gross-out" approach --- and like quality stuff, this is it.
I just expected more. Sorry.
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