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Mom

The Beachwood and Franklin community in Hollywood will never be the same once Mom moves in!  Over-the-top and mad as hell, Mom is a late-night gem that hounds of horror will definitely dig.

"Opening with an above-average gas station attack, Mom doubles as a horror film and as a comedy"


Clay Dwyer (Mark Thomas Miller) has a big, big problem.  It’s his mother.  Now, mothers sometimes can be, by their nature, pains in the butt sometimes, but that’s not what is happening in this low budget b-grade horror flick.  I mean, it’s not many a man who would toss corpses into the ocean for their mother, but Clay is in a very unnatural situation. 

Emily (Jeanne Bates, known by most horror hounds as Bela Lugosi's first victim in Return of the Vampire) hasn’t been herself since she let that nice, blind flesh-eating dude (Brion James) stay in her house for a couple of nights.  She has these ravenous hunger attacks and, thanks to an ever-changing demeanor, she can’t quite control her impulses to eat the living.

And now, with her gut leading the way, she’s out on the prowl in Los Angeles, eating everything from Girl Scouts to perfect strangers.  Dwyer, who is also a news reporter, is the only one to know that she’s the one responsible for the grisly murders and he’s working double-time to keep her off of Lt. Hendrix (Art Evans) radar and far away from his pregnant girlfriend.

Mom, co-starring Stella Stevens as a prostitute named Beverly Hills, is not your typical early 1990s flick.  The gore is fantastic and so too is the unhinged comedy as an otherwise normal mother is turned in a flesh-craving lunatic.  

Opening with an above-average gas station attack, Mom doubles as a horror film and as a comedy as James, who is the flesh-eating originator in this mad movie, takes out a woman by eating her stomach innards and then, disguised as a blind man in need of shelter and a quiet place where he can eat out in the town, walks into the big city and the Dwyer’s life to change it permanently.Mom

Unfortunately, the move is often uneven as the comedy goes away and the events which lead to Clay getting thrown out of his own house become a tad pathetic, yet the horror rebounds nicely when he has finally had enough of his mother’s flesh-eating carnage and takes matters into his own hands. 

Scorpion Releasing scored a bunch of low rent titles from MGM and Mom is one of them.  It’s a horror comedy that works more often than it doesn’t and has plenty of gore to fill in all the holes.  While its tone is inconsistent, there is a lot of laugh and, in fact, like about this forgotten tale of flesh-eating.  While we never know what exactly the monster is, Mom keeps us entertained.

Call her mad, call her a monster, just make sure you call her once a week! Mom is now on blu-ray thanks to Scorpion Releasing and Ronin Flix.

3/5 beers

Mom

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Scorpion Releasing
Available on Blu-ray
- November 12, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scorpion Releasing scored a bunch of low rent titles from MGM and Mom is one of them.  It’s a horror comedy that works more often than it doesn’t and has plenty of gore to fill in all the holes.  While its tone is inconsistent, there is a lot of laugh and, in fact, like about this forgotten tale of flesh-eating.  While we never know what exactly the monster is, Mom keeps us entertained.

Video:

With a new 2K scan of the original interpositive, Mom stays dark most of the time during its 1.78:1 presentation.  Edges are strong and colors are strong.  But, the production values are low.  Rooms and offices look bare and rented.  Black levels are solid and skin tones are natural.  Shadows are defined and the film has a new depth previously unseen.  The gore is fantastically detailed, though, and rich in bold reds.  

Audio:

Audio wise, the DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono soundtrack is clear and the dialogue is never lost or hard to hear.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • New Patrick Rand Feature Length Commentary

Special Features:

Scorpion Releasing offers the film on blu-ray with a brand-new commentary and a new interview with co-star Maray Ayres.  A trailer is also attached.

  • Interview with Co-star Maray Ayres
  • Theatrical Trailer

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 3/5 stars
  Video  3/5 stars
  Audio 2/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

2.5/5 stars

Mom (1991)

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
95 mins
Director
: Patrick Rand
Writer:
Patrick Rand
Cast:
Mark Thomas Miller, Jeanne Bates, Brion James
Genre
: Horror| Thriller
Tagline:
Call her mad, call her a monster, just make sure you call her once a week!
Memorable Movie Quote:
Distributor:
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Official Site:
Release Date:
June 19, 1991 (home video)
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: November 12, 2019
Synopsis: An L.A. man is shocked to discover that his loving and caring elderly mother has become a vicious werewolf.

Mom (1991)

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