Momentum/Armory/XYZ/Fyzz (Christopher Lemole & Tim
US/UK 2017 (released 2018)
W: Brian Taylor
DP: Daniel Pearl
Ed: Rose Corr & Fernando Villena
Mus: Mr. Bill
Nicolas Cage (Brent Ryan), Selma Blair (Kendall Ryan), Anne
Winters (Carly Ryan), Zackary Arthur (Josh Ryan), Robert T. Cunningham (Damon), Lance Henriksen (Mel Ryan)
Mom & Dad is a horror black comedy which spent a few
months on the festival circuit before getting a widespread release in early 2018.
The plot sends up the zombie sub-genre, becoming increasingly
zany as the story progresses.
Focusing on the Ryan family as an unexplained phenomenon
causes parents to attack their own children, teenage daughter Carly and her younger brother Josh escape the murderous intentions of their mom & dad as their methods to kill become
increasingly twisted and surreal.
For me, this film was a little too offbeat and utterly
ridiculous, despite giving a perfect opportunity for a Nicolas Cage freakout (who doesn't enjoy those?). The comedy element also fluctuated a little too much between outlandishly bizarre and
unpleasantly tasteless, which would have been fine if it decided from the outset what type of laughs it wanted to go for. There's also no excuse for such a lazily-written ending. It
did provide one or two laughs, but there was also an awful lot of eye-rolling.