Bloody Brit horror Mum & Dad claims its first victim
28th Oct 08
A man in his early twenties last night collapsed at the screening of the hotly anticipated film Mum & Dad at the Dublin Horrorthon festival. He rushed out about 25 minutes into the performance, just after a gruesome scene involving the actor Perry Benson (Somers Town) getting sexually intimate with a piece of flesh. As soon as the young man reached the foyer, he fainted and collapsed on the floor.
"I have been running this festival for 10 years now and have never had anything like this before" commented Ed King, Horrorthon organiser and Ireland's premiere goreologist. "This is the first person to faint at my festival since it began in 1998, and I've previously shown such films as Cannibal Holocaust and the uncut version of Takeshi Miike's Imprint".
This year's Horrorthon festival ran from October 23rd to October 27th, and included such films as Mum & Dad, Bad Biology, French-shocker Martyrs, Jennifer Lynch's Surveillance, Saw V and Quarantine alongside such cult classics as Night of the Lepus, Night of the Creeps (read our Zombie Club review here) and The Impossible Kid (Zombie Club review here).
Award-winning independent film distributor Revolver Entertainment announced today that Steven Sheil's uncompromising 'Heathrow Chain Saw Massacre' directorial debut Mum & Dad will be the first UK film release to appear in cinemas at the same time as being available on DVD, through Video on Demand, electronic sell-through and rental on Boxing Day, 26th December 2008.
An entirely digitally-produced film, Mum & Dad is the first film to be released from Film London's Microwave scheme. Revolver is also exploring a similar plan for the film in the US around Mother's Day on 10 May 2009.
The film stars Perry Benson (This Is England, Somers Town) as the father figure of a psychotic family 'unit' living at the end of Heathrow's runway. They live off whatever they scavenge from cargo holds, offices and hotels - including a steady stream of transient workers who populate the airport's soulless hub.
When Lena, a young Polish office cleaner, is befriended by them, she gets drawn into a nightmarish world of torture, murder and perversity. Imprisoned in a suburban House of Horrors and designated a 'Mummy's Girl', Lena's only options appear to be to become part of the family - and join them in their insanity - or die.
Forthcoming new releases from Revolver include Tyson, James Toback's award-winning biopic of World Champion Mike Tyson, Synecdoche, New York, the eagerly anticipated directorial debut from Charlie Kaufman, and Jean Claude Van Damme satire JCVD.
8th Jun 04 The film opens with a very similar voiceover narration to the original (see Trivia) but with different footage as we tour the furnace room, all fingernail scratches and blood-clotted hair, of the Hewitt residence.