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Plot: 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 ... Runtime: 84 mins Release Date: 26 Dec 2008
I recently saw Mum & Dad at UK's FrightFest festival, and have to say it blew me away as being one of the best, most balls-out British horror films in years.The cast are all uniformly excellent with Ainsley as Birdie and Perry as Dad being particularly brilliant , and the well-written script is full of very dark humour. Imagine The Royle Family meets The People Under The Stairs as interpreted by Mike Leigh.The film is brilliantly directed by Steven Sheil for it's reported £100k budget limitation, and there are several classic scenes - the best being the nightmarish Christmas <more>
party which will bring uncomfortable laughter to anyone who has experienced a 'traditional British family Christmas' although how can you also forget the scene where Dad pleasures himself with a piece of flesh! .A genuinely solid shocker - I hope that Mum & Dad gets the release it deserves.
Best British Gore/Disrtubing Film Ever (by fscramo)
We were waiting for this!!We don't need a lot of words to explain this movie. It's just the summary of all the bad and evil inside us. If you're looking for something disturbing and gore so watch it. But if you're looking for a good movie with a real plot so search something else. The story is just the classic story of the mad family and one girl will try to fight them all, like in other 1,000 movies. But this one is different. You will be disgusted with a smile on your face.And this is genial.This is just for who like me needs this kind of stuff.If You liked movies like A <more>
L'Interieur, or The devil Reject you will love it. Trust me.
I was lucky enough to see this at it's screening at Frightfest this year, and I was blown away by a fantastic new British horror film. All the more amazing that it was made for the meagre amount of one hundred thousand pounds and creates a look more in keeping with a couple of million. The crew did a fantastic job.Steven Sheil has weaved a carefully directed, and sharply written piece on the British family unit turned upside down. The cast are very well played, especially the mum who steals every scene she appears in, a true portrayal of evil.In my opinion this is the type of film that <more>
British financing should go to, not because it is horror, but because what it is trying to achieve. Serious and credible film making on micro budgets. And as a struggling film maker I find what Steven Sheil has made a great inspiration.I 100% recommend Mum & Dad, it's not for everyones tastes, but then if everyone liked the same thing, life would be boring!
I saw a preview of Mum and Dad at this year's Frightfest in Leicester Square and what a treat it was. Whether a full uncut version will ever reach screens big or small I wouldn't like to say. This was an uncompromising, grim and dark piece of film-making which set itself apart from certain other films at the festival by doing what only the Brit's can do, which is carve a darkly comic streak throughout the film. Not the comic whimsy of Shaun of the Dead, but that most unsettling sort which finds you laughing with the anti-heroes and their macabre family set-up, questioning your own <more>
scruples. Considering the budget those involved have proved you don't need to hurl money at a project to make a truly disturbing and gripping film. Excellent sound design and direction give the film the sense of a much bigger budget project. I'm not one to give away too much in a review, I like to go in blind if at all possible so I won't spoil any of the grim details, however this film has some truly gruesome moments which add impact to the already ominous and unsettling context. All I will say is see for yourself, but maybe hold-fire on dinner 'til you get out of the theatre. An excellent feature, especially as a Directorial debut and considering the micro-budget I believe it was made for £100,000 Impressive stuff, disturbing, funny and utterly disgusting.
'Mum & Dad' director Steven Sheil cites Pete Walker's 'Frightmare' and Freddie Francis' 'Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girlie' amongst his influences, but this darkly horrific, savagely funny and disturbing debut is a far cry from Walker and Francis' visions. With a constant soundtrack of jumbo jets screaming overhead and an almost religious zeal for making even the most mundane of British customs cups of tea, Christmas sherry, fried breakfasts seem perverted and wrong, 'Mum & Dad' stands out amongst the usual horror fare of good-looking teens <more>
being bumped off. In fact, despite wearing it's influences most notably Tobe Hooper's 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre' on its sleeve, the film manages to conjure up a unique atmosphere of brutality and disgust that stays with you long afterwards. Great performances all round and great production values despite the limited budget. Terrific, edgy film-making.
One of the few decent horror films from the UK in quite some time. (by paulie-32)
I'm somewhat of a glutton for punishment, when it comes to UK horror films. I keep trying them, hoping for something half decent, and more times than not I eject the disc before the 40 minute mark of the DVD, dejected and disappointed.This film started off a little slow, not really giving anything away, which kept me watching to see what the hook was. I wasn't disappointed at all.The acting, in my opinion was quite good, although I'm no expert on such things, the characters were believable. The script was good enough to keep my attention to the end of the film, which I have to <more>
admit doesn't happen a lot these days.I'm not really sure I'd class the film as a horror, in the truest sense of the word, but it was certainly dark, with a good mix of humour thrown in. Some very unnerving moments I won't spoil anything , really sold by the actors involved, often without dialogue.I would certainly recommend you give it a try.
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 <more>
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*
Mum & Dad is twisted, dark and very sick. Not everyone's cup of tea, but well worth the time of every horror film fan.The film displays great taste in recognising it's lineage: not just Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but also perhaps more crucially British Horror Films of the 1970's and in particular Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly from the great Freddie Francis and Pete Walker's excellent Frightmare.This above all else great cinematography, a graphic style, low budget, pitch black streak of humour and great writing is truly refreshing: here is an honest to <more>
goodness British Horror film, not afraid to stand on it's own two feet as independent to most of what the genre seems to be churning out, particularly from the USA. This is real horror - it's not just about shocks or scares though there are plenty - it's about revulsion, disturbing... horror! It's time there was a British revival in Horror and Mum & Dad is full of the Gothic, stylish and sadistic style that once informed a crucial part of the genre. As such Mum & Dad heralds a return of serious horror films for adults!
Gloriously unsettling and brutal British horror film. (by HumanoidOfFlesh)
Loosely inspired by Fred and Rosemary West sick murderous activity "Mum and Dad" doesn't disappoint when it comes to brutality.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 <more>
'Mummy's Girl',Lena's only options appear to be to become part of the family-and join them in their insanity-or die painful death.The film despite its general misanthrophy and unsettling violence plays like a black comedy.It certainly has plenty of humorous moments to relieve the tension.It's quite disturbing and torture-laden too.8 out of 10.