Happy Mothers Day Dear Horrorfiends! and for this holiday i have decided to instead of suggesting the horror classic “Mothers Day”(1980) to watch which lets face it all the other horror sites are suggesting. I say instead check out this other killer mother film that goes completely under the radar even on the other horror sites, that is 1991’s MOM

from IMDB: During a time when the city of Los Angeles is terrorized by animal attack style murders, a kindly elderly lady provides a nomad with room and board. It turns out that he is a flesh-eating creature and is responsible for the recent killings. He bites the elderly woman, turning her into the same kind of flesh-eater. Now her adult son must try to prevent the both of them from doing any more harm

Now right from the beginning in which we see the original flesh eater (played by the late Brion James) attack and killer a young woman, we think that the rest of the film will be a fun monster movie, but instead the movie takes a slight left turn and the film is much more about a son just trying to keep his elderly mother from eating people. The movie did surprise me when they kill off the original flesh eater rather quickly into the movie. But the strength of the film is the relationship between the son and the now flesh-eating mother. The son truly cares for his mother and tries everything he can to make sure that she doesnt go out and kill anyone else, but sadly the constant care for his mother takes its toll on his personal life and even sadder is he doesnt succeed in keeping her at bay and her cravings turn stronger and stronger.

In a way the film is practically a drug abuse drama with a supernatural and somewhat gory twist. When the flesh-eaters attack there form changes into some cool makeup-fx for the time and the gore is actually rather small but still effective.

So if you want a rather slow-burn killer mom film this Mothers Day and want something really really obscure then check out “MOM” I believe the film is out in its entirety online but sadly never made it to dvd or Blu-ray    – James J. Coker


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