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Parents (1989)

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A young boy living in 1950s suburbia suspects his parents are cannibalistic murderers.


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Complete credited cast:
... Nick Laemle
... Lily Laemle
... Millie Dew
... Michael Laemle
London Juno ... Sheila Zellner (as Juno Mills-Cockell)
... Miss Baxter
... Mrs. Zellner
... Mr. Zellner
Helen Carscallen ... Grandmother
Warren Van Evera ... Grandfather
... Lab Attendant
Uriel Byfield ... Little Boy
Mariah Balaban ... Little Girl
Larry Palef ... Announcer


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...


Comedy | Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

27 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goneis  »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in seven weeks. See more »


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


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 Movie That Will Stick With You
11 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

It's been 13 years since I saw this movie, but it made such an impact on me that to this day I can close my eyes and visualize the characters, and feel the mood that make this film worth watching. Not too many movies scare me like this one did. It wasn't the use of vast quantities of blood, or the killings that scared me, as much as it was the Ward and June Cleaver-ness of the parents. What really did it for me was the mind twist the director built into this film, and the way it was pulled off by the actors. If you're squeamish then this probably isn't for you, but if you can watch a movie and appreciate it for the art it is, I recommend it.

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