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Mum & Dad (2008)

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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, offices and hotels - including a steady stream ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Dad
Dido Miles Dido Miles ... Mum
Olga Fedori ... Lena
Ainsley Howard ... Birdie
Toby Alexander Toby Alexander ... Elbie
Micaiah Dring Micaiah Dring ... Angela
Mark Devenport Mark Devenport ... Van Man
Chris Roebuck Chris Roebuck ... Young Man
Clare Dyer Clare Dyer ... Female Torso (as Claire Dyer)
Penny Andrews Penny Andrews ... Office Cleaner
Art Fox Art Fox ... Office Cleaner (as Arthur Fox)
Kelly Lammond Kelly Lammond ... Office Cleaner
Leon Lammond Leon Lammond ... Office Cleaner
Dena Smiles Dena Smiles ... Office Cleaner
Yvonne Varnier Yvonne Varnier ... Office Cleaner
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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, 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 Anonymous

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Parents can be bloody murder. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

House Massacre See more »

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Budget:

£100,000 (estimated)
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2am Films,EM Media,Film London See more »
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| (European Film Market)

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Color (High Definition)| Color

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1.66 : 1
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The black and white home movie footage shown over the end credits was shot by Ainsley Howard. See more »

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Fails to ever be very interesting.
13 February 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The grim & gritty atmosphere pervades this familiarly written story of madness and depravity. Writer / director Steven Sheil creates characters without much personality, telling a story that manages to be moderately creepy but never has much of a voice. It wraps itself up fairly quickly - it only runs 85 minutes - but Sheil generates little to no tension, which has to rate as one of the biggest problems. The movie is not going to be gory enough to suit many people, either. The acting is perfectly fine, if as colourless as the movie itself.

Olga Fedori is featured as Lena, a Polish immigrant working on the janitorial staff at London's Heathrow airport. She makes the acquaintance of easygoing co-worker Birdie (Ainsley Howard), who offers her a place to stay when Lena misses the last bus that would have taken her home. However, soon after arriving at Birdie's place, Lena is knocked unconscious, and become the prisoner of Birdie's insane Mum and Dad (Dido Miles and Perry Benson). She's obliged to fill the role of "Mummy's Girl", warned that she had better learn her place in the household or suffer the consequences.

When this short and sordid, intimate little tale is over, it unfortunately doesn't have a lot of resonance. It doesn't help that many of us have probably already seen similar movies over the years; "Mum & Dad" just doesn't bring much that's fresh to the party. It certainly isn't as shocking as one would like, even when Lena is exploring her environs and discovers the extent of the crimes of Mum & Dad. Fedori never does make Lena too likable a character; the one person who's more sympathetic is the unspeaking Elbie (Toby Alexander), another member of the adoptive "family".

Sheil does cannily stress the nearness of the abode to the airport, filming planes in the air at every opportunity, but his ending is seriously underwhelming; again, a sense of deja vu dominates the proceedings.

It's doubtful that even die hard genre lovers will find that much of value here.

Five out of 10.


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