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Review: British Horror MUM AND DAD Riffs On The Legacy Of Fred And Rosemary West - Movies In Focus
Horror is a very difficult genre to get right. Comedy is also a genre that can go wrong when you least expect it. So therefore a horror-comedy can be disastrous in the wrong hands. In recent years the (British) horror-comedy has had a rebirth with such great films as Dog Soldiers and Shaun of the Dead gracing our screens. The most recent comedy-horror hybrid from these fair shores is Mum and Dad and whilst not as entertaining as most, it is at the very least an admirable addition to the genre; albeit leaning more towards the side of horror than comedy. Clearly inspired by the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Last House on the Left as well as the real life exploits of the well known British serial killing husband and wife team of Fred and Rosemary West, Mum and Dad is a film that aims to unsettle and revolt. It’s the laughs that let the film down. Writer-director Steven Sheil’s film begins with Polish cleaner Lena (Olga Fedori) meeting Birdie (Ainsley Howard) and her mute brother Elbie (Toby Alexander)while working as a cleaner in Heathrow Airport. After missing her bus home Lena is forced to visit her [...]