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Parents 1989

  • Bob Balaban
  • January 27, 1989
  • 81 mins
  • English
  • Comedy, Drama, Horror
There's A New Name For Terror...
Michael is a young boy living in a typical 1950's suburbanite home... except for his bizarre and horrific nightmares, and continued unease around his parents. Young Michael begins to suspect his parents are cooking more than just hamburgers on the grill outside, but has trouble explaining his fears to his new-found friend Sheila, or the school's social worker.


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Spoiler Alert2016-07-25T06:41:48-07:00— updated 2016-07-28T16:46:08-07:00

Does a good job having you question whether what you are seeing is the result of a child's imagination or whether it's his parents and the secrets they hide that are the cause. Mayne he's crazy? I really liked this aspect because all children are protected from an adult world, so all parents do have secrets. What if that simple boundary of privacy is twisted? If a child get wind of this adult world and even fed paranoia from a friend then the imagination and explorative child nature can taka hold. Thats the drive. Exploration.
The movie starts off more with more humour and progresses into a horror. The humour is dark and uncomfortable. I liked it. The horror was suggestive and creepy. The movie felt like an excellent short story. It never got boring and even picked up 30 minutes from the end, so it was paced well. I liked the ending because it was earlier suggested that the cannibal secret was a family thing (us and them) and with that in mind grandparents may actually be serving human flesh. Or is it my imagination?

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