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“Surprisingly stylish, suspenseful and darkly funny, Parents is an overlooked horror gem.” – Cosmic Catacombs

“There’s a new name for terror … Parents!”   In this campy childhood nightmare of a horror flick, little Mikey’s parents seem like your typically perfect 1950s suburbanites, except for one thing – they just might be vicious cannibalistic murders who are cooking up more than hamburgers on the backyard grill!  And when your dad is played by Randy Quaid, the possibility that he’s a monstrous people-eater is really only the second scariest thing you’ll need to worry about!  In Parents, from director Bob Balaban (best known for his hilarious turns as an actor in such comedy classics as Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman), a young boy living in 1950s suburbia is beginning to suspect that something’s wrong with his parental units … that beneath their picture perfect façade, Nick and Lily Laemle (a freaky Randy Quaid and a creepy Mary Beth Hurt) might be murdering their neighbors and serving them to little Mikey for breakfast, lunch and dinner.   Not only is that WAY too much meat (but hey, it’s the pre-vegetarian 1950s, so relax), it’s just plain gross.   Trouble is, no one believes Mikey’s story, and his parents are starting to get VERY annoyed at his refusal to eat their tasty leftovers … and you wouldn’t like these parents when they’re angry!   A kooky but spooky cannibal comedy with a very dark edge, Parents, with its over-the-top ‘50s aesthetic, looks like an episode of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and feels like a particularly nasty episode of Martha Stewart Living as directed by David Lynch.  Delicious! (Dir. by Bob Balaban, 1989, USA, 81 mins., Rated R)