A mass hysteria of unknown origins causes parents to
aggressively attack and attempt to murder their own children.
Mom and Dad (2017)
Written and Directed by Brian Taylor
Starring Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters,
Zackary Arthur, Robert T. Cunningham, Lance Henriksen,
Marilyn Dodds Frank, Olivia Crocicchia
It's been a long time since Nicolas Cage grabbed hold of a decent script, and I really wish that Mom and Dad had gotten a bigger reception. It's a great black comedy thriller that sports some truly unforgettable performances from both Cage and Selma Blair. It's a movie that does wonders with its brilliant premise and delivers a secret gem that not nearly enough people are going to see. It's the kind of film you have to hunt down if you really want to see it, and I think that any horror buff worth his salt is going to want to check it out.
When a national hysteria causes parents to attack and try to kill their own children, two siblings, Carly and Joshua, must hide from their newly psychotic parents Brent and Kendall (Cage and Blair) as they hope the illness will pass. Watching Nic Cage and Selma Blair lost their s**t as they try to butcher their own children is nothing short of mesmerizing, especially since Cage was practically made for a role like this. While I'd hoped for more of an explanation for the attack and the ending is a bit abrupt, the overall film is wildly entertaining and a big surprise for Cage fans everywhere.
Mom and Dad has some terrifying moments, like when a mother attempts to suffocate her newborn moments after giving birth. The film doesn't hold back on its premise, and shows a realistic depiction of how such a nightmare might occur in a suburban neighborhood, from the schools' reaction to the hospitals'. I enjoyed the film and I want it to get all the attention it deserves. Films like this could resurrect Nicolas Cage's career if people would just give him another chance.