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Steven Sheil (writer)
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26 December 2008 (UK) See more »
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Parents can be bloody murder.
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Mum and Dad, and their 'adopted' children, Birdie & Elbie, work at the airport. The family live off whatever they scavenge from cargo holds... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Mum & Dad DVD cover art
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Revolver goes day-and-date with 'Mum & Dad'
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First Stills From UK Horror 'Mum & Dad'
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Perry Benson ... Dad
Dido Miles ... Mum

Olga Fedori ... Lena

Ainsley Howard ... Birdie
Toby Alexander ... Elbie
Micaiah Dring ... Angela
Mark Devenport ... Van Man
Chris Roebuck ... Young Man
Clare Dyer ... Female Torso (as Claire Dyer)
Penny Andrews ... Office Cleaner
Art Fox ... Office Cleaner (as Arthur Fox)
Kelly Lammond ... Office Cleaner
Leon Lammond ... Office Cleaner
Dena Smiles ... Office Cleaner
Yvonne Varnier ... Office Cleaner
Michael Waiteman ... Office Cleaner
Christine Wardle ... Office Cleaner
Phil Beale ... Security Man
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Directed by
Steven Sheil 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steven Sheil  writer

Produced by
Soledad Gatti-Pascual .... executive producer: Film London
Amanda Martin .... executive producer
Lisa Trnovski .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Bloom 
 
Film Editing by
Leo Scott 
 
Casting by
Maddy Hinton 
Anna Kennedy 
 
Production Design by
Jess Alexander 
 
Art Direction by
Sarah Finlay 
 
Set Decoration by
Lois Penniston 
 
Costume Design by
Claire Finlay 
 
Makeup Department
Vikki Lawson .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Tina Pawlik .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michelle Hooper .... third assistant director
Andrew McEwan .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Phill Gaskin .... art department trainee
Daz Spencer-Lovesey .... set dresser
Nicky Wake .... art department trainee
Matt Wells .... property master
 
Sound Department
Grant Bridgeman .... boom operator
Ben Cross .... sound designer
Tom Hutchings .... sound designer
Alex Thompson .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Simon Craze .... special effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Hayes .... gaffer
Russell Noon .... camera trainee
David Nye .... electrician
Barry Squires .... Steadicam operator
Barry Squires .... focus puller
Owen Tooth .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fiona Gibsey .... costume assistant
Jo Mapp .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Ella Smith .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dan Rose .... music supervisor
Bishop Scott .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Mia Bays .... marketing consultant
Vicky Chapman .... location scout
Barney Goodland .... production assistant
Sam Hawker .... runner
Dan Hillsdon .... production accountant
Laura Hypponen .... business affairs consultant
Toby Rushton .... script editor
Tom Turrell .... runner
 
Thanks
Dan Hodgett .... thanks
Asha Sharma .... thanks
 

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Runtime:
84 min | Germany:90 min (European Film Market)
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Color (High Definition) | Color
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Australia:R (2009) | UK:18
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Why are the family so mucked up?
Who is the disabled girl in the attic?
Does anyone survive?
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28 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Fun for the whole family, 7 January 2009
Author: Onderhond from http://www.onderhond.com/archive/onderhond/category/movies

What better way to start the new year than with a gritty British horror flick. New horror talent is rising everywhere and the Brits can't lag behind. Not that they can keep up with the best, but they manage to uphold a good standard of dirty and raw horror flicks. Enter Mum & Dad.

Horror films come in all different sizes and flavors. Gore, ghosts, werewolves, suspense, torture and whatnot. Sheil's Mum & Dad is a little different though. Rather than hit the audience with full-frontal ugliness it gambles on weirdness and plays the freak card. While some might call it another variation on the crazy family theme, it holds more in common with a film like Killers (or Real Killers, as it is also known) than it does with the Chainsaw Massacre or Rob Zombie flicks.

One thing about horror flicks is that you can often derive a lot from the title of the film. The cooler and tougher it sounds, the softer it usually is. And so you have to admit, Mum & Dad leaves a good solid base for some slick and freaky horror fun. Central to the film are both characters referenced in the title. Mum and dad might look like ordinary people from the outside, they certainly are a little different from your regular household setup.

The fun starts when one of their children drags in a Polish immigrant girl who gets "integrated" into the family. It quickly starts to dawn that mum and dad are not as ordinary as they seemed at first and off you go for a good 60 minutes of weirdness. Much like Calvaire, the film plays on equal levels of awkwardness, grit and humor which makes for a pretty compelling viewing. As much as you are repulsed, there's always some mad streak that sports a dark grin.

The film is obviously a low budget affair and even though Sheil does his best to conceal this fact, from time to time it does look its budget. Visually there are interesting shots and sequences but the overall effect remains pretty inconsistent, with some rather amateurish shots in between. Same goes for the soundtrack of the film. Some dark ambient background music and good use of sound effects, but it never really gels into an audiovisual trip.

Luckily mom and dad themselves make the film a pleasure to watch. Their appearance alone, especially dad's, gives the film a pretty twisted feel. Fat English accents and an overly greasy facade only add more flair to the family. Both daughter and son are nice additions too, adding their share of weirdness to the whole setup.

While the level of gore is not noteworthy the film is pretty damn filthy in its own right. The creepiness of the family creates a bigger punch for what is actually shown on screen. On the other hand, the film never loses its touch of humor, keeping it clear from the realm of films like Martyrs. Add some nicely built up tension near the end and what you have is a pretty neat little horror flick that is sure to entertain and repulse at the same time.

Mum & Dad is not as good as any of its influences as Sheil's style is a little less refined. Still, there is potential aplenty and if the idea of a mellowed down mix between Calvaire and Martyrs appeals to you this is definitely a film worth watching. 4.0*/5.0*

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