Parents is listed as a horror/comedy set in the 1950's. I expected a fun romp through an era that is easy to make fun of with it's convenience cuisine and uncomfortable furniture. This happen to a small degree but, make no mistake about it, Parents is a horror film. It is dark, scary and the viewer doesn't really know what's heck is going on until toward the end of the film. This is pure genius, of course. It's hard to make an horror film that feels fresh. This one is weirdly quirky which is something I enjoy form time to time.
Kudos to the director, cinematographer and set designer for putting together eye popping visuals that often contain subliminal messages. It's great stuff and fun to watch.
Furthermore, the family trio of Dad [Randy Quaid], Mom [Mary Beth Hurt] and son [Bryan Madorsky] are great together. Their interactions are strange and a bit twisted to say the least but it does keep you on the edge of your seat. I especially admire Madorsky's portrayal of Michael. This is NOT your typical kid's role. He gives a subtle and unnerving performance that draws you in as you try to figure out what's going on inside this kid's head. Surprisingly, this is Madorsky's only film listed on IMDB. I can't imagine why he didn't do more.
Weird can definitely be wonderful so if you're looking for something completely different to watch, then this one should fit the bill nicely.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.
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