Mum & Dad (2008)
Directed By: Steven Sheil (Cry)
Mum & Dad is a British horror film that was titled by some as the best horror film of the year, for the year of it’s release. It’s a dark and scary film with doom lingering over your head as you watch and while I don’t dislike the film at all calling the best of 2008 may be a bit much.
Still, I think a lot of you will enjoy this film as it’s loaded with some gory stuff as well as some (oddly enough) funny moments. Also add to that the fact that after you watch it you’ll probably never think of the song “Christmas! Christmas!” the same ever again.
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.
While this movie is passed off a lot on being really shocking I might want to add that it’s only shocking if you’re not use to other shocking low budget horror films, or old school envelope pushing films like say..Salo? Sure there’s some thing here and there that make you squint or make your skin crawl around on you, but it’s not the most hardcore shock fest I’ve ever seen, and I also think that’s a good thing because the film keeps it’s dignity.
There are a few minor plot holes in this however. The main character may not have been very close with her family when she ends up getting snatched by our sick twisted cast of “family” members here but you’d think surely that someone would have came looking for her at some point. Maybe these people wouldn’t be high on their list of areas to look but you’d think they’d be doing a better job as it seems nobody at all is looking for poor Lena at all.
The film has a very British feel to it, which is normal because it IS a British film. There also seems to be some dark humor mixed in with all the horror as I did find myself disgusted one moment snickering at something the next and I did kinda feel bad for snickering at some stuff. I hope that was the point, if not I may need to seek help.
Holding up things strongly in this film is the above average acting as both Mum and Dad (played by Dido Miles and Perry Benson) are a sight to see. Also our final girl Lena (Olga Fedori) is really a strong lead and you do feel bad for her and root for her to survive which is a good thing to want to do for a final girl. The film will gives you the creeps at times and I think the ending sequence is pretty memorable and chilling.
Well, what you got here is a good solid film for a low budget. It’s not that we haven’t see it before but it’s done very well and that’s more than we can say for a lot movies that deal with this subject.
Some things are little far fetched but the acting wheels it in for me to recommend it. You can pick this up from the Revolver web-site. if you do want to see it.
The Rating (6.5/10)