My History With the Film:
I first heard about Mom and Dad on Horror Movie Podcast sometime in 2018. It was described as an out of control film that really catered to Nicolas Cage’s ability to act insane. I looked for the trailer shortly after hearing this and noticed the film was a black comedy with horror elements that looked like something I might enjoy. It wasn’t a high priority to see it, but I figured I’d check it out sometime or another.
In February 2019, I was browsing Hulu and decided to finally give Mom and Dad a shot. I found myself entertained, but not overly impressed during the course of the film.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
What I Liked About It:
-Nicolas Cage is always great as a crazed maniac and this is no exception. His finest moment comes in a rant about becoming a middle aged man in a flashback. Too bad the lack of a decent plot really made this scene completely irrelevant. Still, it’s Nic Cage ranting about getting ear and nose hair.
-Lance Henriksen… need I say more?
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-The film spent too much time trying to create a story worth caring about and it fails horribly. Once the movie finally gets going and the craziness ensues, the film is much better off. Sometimes you just gotta know when to say, “This film is just about screwed up stuff and let us show it and allow people to enjoy it without trying to make them feel attached.”
-Some of the school scenes were shot in Louisville, Kentucky.
-Nicolas Cage said this was his favorite movie in ten years that he had filmed.
-Comic writer Grant Morrison makes a cameo.