Mum and Dad
Sub-Genre- Torture Porn (With hints of really Black Comedy)
In Attendance- Me.
Cast Members of Note- The hot Olga Fedori, and the uber creepy Perry Benson as dad.
What's it about?- Lena, is a cute Polish chick who works hard at the airport all, making friends wiping crap from toilets all day, but is there more to her than that? No, not Really. Birdie is a dirty little British bird (hence the name) who wont shut up, steals from her work, and has a retarded brother named Retardo... But is there more to her than that? Why yes there is! She's also a creepy bitch!
When Lena misses her Bus, Birdie and Retardo take her home, promising her a ride from her Dad. Oh, she gets a ride alright... A ride through the lonely countryside of terror and mayhem! She's chained up and held against her will, forced to make out with severed heads, watch her new Dad jerk off into corpse pieces, and fold laundry. Mayhem ensues, as Lena tries to escape while being molested, abused and tortured by her new family.
Will she ever escape? Will she be forced to "take" Dad's Christmas "present?" Did she fold the laundry correctly? I won't spoil the ending here, but suffice it to say that everyone gets stabbed at least once, save for Retardo. Somehow, he manages to come out of this in pretty good shape.
The Good- I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. It may not be the bloodiest thing I've ever seen, but it's certainly amongst the most disturbing. I guess the most horrifying part of it all, whether you like the film or hate it, is that these events could actually happen in the real world. Hell, similar things have happened... Go ahead and Google Fred and Rosemary West; the similarities between their story and this movie are striking.
The way the characters are portrayed in Mum and Dad is maybe it's best part... They went about things so matter-of-factly, that it was if they didn't know that anything they were doing was utterly horrendous, rather just normal behavior that any other person would display in their daily lives. From what I've heard, Perry Benson (Dad) is actually a comedy actor. Good job Perry, you made me never want to trust strangers again.
If you like your horror movies to make you frown and wince, cover your eyes and not want to eat for a week after watching them, then this one is definitely for you.
The Bad- With three women in the house, dad still chooses to make love to a torn piece of human flesh... good god.
The Downright Horrendous- The head does NOT want a kiss, thank you very much.
The Gory- Dad jerking off into a chunk of human flesh, plenty of random cutting and abuse, stabbings, a beheading... definitely not for the squeamish.
The Naked- Male bumcrack is all we get in this one... and it's Dad's!
Best Line- "I see you've sent her off. Want to help do the same for me?"
What did we learn?- Never trust British people. Also, don't ever make new friends, because they'll likely just want to torture then kill you.
Rating- B+ This one isn't groundbreaking in the least, and in fact it borrows from plenty of other genre greats, but it's utterly effective in what it's trying to do and say. It's dismal, permeated with a foggy sense of dread, and is a difficult and nasty watch. See it when you can, but do so on an empty stomach.
Final Thoughts- Ainsley Howard is a total cutie, and I LOVE her accent, but she scares me now.