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Mum & Dad

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Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
5.00 /10
Perry Benson - Dad, Dido Miles - Mum
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Directed by: Steven Sheil
Written by: Steven Sheil

Released: 2008
Origin: UK
Colour: C
Length: 84

Revolting – and you helped pay for it.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The nastiest possible antidote to Christmas cheer, Mum & Dad is a British film in which a pretty Polish cleaner (Olga Fedori) is kidnapped by two fellow workers at Heathrow airport (Ainsley Howard and Toby Alexander), and systematically tortured and brutalised by their “Mum” (Dido Miles) and “Dad” (Perry Benson, pictured).

Just as in one of the year’s previous horror flicks, Timber Falls, the banalities of domestic family life are contrasted with the kind of behaviour which might strike the deformed death-dealers in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as repellent.

It was only a matter of time before some nitwit tried to turn the crimes of Fred and Rosemary West into an exploitation film, and this is the despicable result. Inexperienced writer-director Steven Sheil attempts to play for black comedy as well as thrills, but ends up celebrating sleaze, gloating in gore, and revelling in the repulsive.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, you helped pay for this pointlessly unpleasant torture porn through the UK Film Council, the European Regional Development Fund, and your BBC licence fee. I make no further comment.

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