An independent production that rates as a minor but satisfying chiller.
Over-protective and homicidal, Mommy (Patty McCormack) always tries to tip the scales in favor of her daughter Jessica Ann (Rachel Lemieux). When Mrs. Withers (Majel Barrett) awards the Student of the Year plaque to someone else in Jessica Ann's class, Mommy pays a visit to her office, and Mrs.
Withers ends up dead from a fall off a ladder. Mommy is questioned by Lt. March (Jason Miller), who isn't the only one who suspects her: school janitor Miss Jones (Sarah Jane Miller) knows what really happened, and winds up electrocuted as a result.
Jessica Ann starts to become suspicious of Mommy, and confides in her mother's boyfriend, Mark (Michael Cornelison). As it happens, Mark is actually working for an insurance company investigating the death of Mommy's former husband, and is in cahoots with Lt. March. Mommy catches on and shoots
Mark, but ducks the rap and spirits Jessica Ann off to a motel. There, she turns on her daughter, who flees to a nearby junkyard. Lt. March arrives, but Jessica Ann stops him from shooting Mommy, who is taken into custody.
MOMMY marks the directorial debut of crime and horror novelist Max Allan Collins, who based his script on one of his short stories and shows that he knows more than a thing or two about crafting onscreen thrills. Although shot on video, the movie exhibits considerable polish in its visual style,
as Collins builds up effective suspense and throws in a few genuinely surprising twists to boot. While some horror-movie fans may find it tame, there are enough startling moments to keep most viewers entertained.
Putting a clever spin on her childhood casting as THE BAD SEED, McCormack is quite good as Mommy, keeping her performance controlled where it could have easily gone over the top. Lemieux, eschewing overdone cuteness or brattiness, is sympathetic as Jessica Ann, and the supporting cast is filled
out with some welcome veterans, including THE EXORCIST's Miller, STAR TREK's Barrett and scream queen Brinke Stevens, who proves quite capable in a role that doesn't require her to disrobe. While it isn't overly original or ambitious, MOMMY mines familiar territory with a good deal of
skill.(Violence, adult situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: NR
- Review: An independent production that rates as a minor but satisfying chiller. Over-protective and homicidal, Mommy (Patty McCormack) always tries to tip the scales in favor of her daughter Jessica Ann (Rachel Lemieux). When Mrs. Withers (Majel Barrett) awards t… (more)