Mothers of Monsters, M.O.M. is a terrifying look into the eyes of a psycho

There was a time where the rave was found footage films. There have been many trends that followed the pattern. Some die down; some continue going strong. Found footage films have always been a genre that I could never get into or enjoy. For the most part, it’s a shaky camera or not a big pay off. However, one film coming out tomorrow Mothers of Monsters, aka M.O.M. A “, found footage” psychological thriller with a limited theatrical premiere in March 2020 and nationwide digital H.D. rollout to follow! A distraught mother suspects her teenage son is a psychopath who may shoot up his high school, but when he outsmarts the system, she is forced to take matters into her own hands…We’re introduced to a young Jacob Bell played by Bailey Edwards (Bright, My dead boyfriend) being happy, smiling, and slowly acting out.

Given which child doesn’t, but Jacob is showing signs that he’s not caring towards others or even small animals. There are no scenes of graphic violence or the aftermath of such. We slowly begin to see the development between mother and son unfold. Abbey Bell, played by Melinda Hamilton (God Bless America, True Detective, Izombie) Abbey, is fearing that her son may be plotting a grand act of violence towards his school or other horrific acts.

The film does a great job showcasing an exciting drama that feels too real to be a film. Bailey gives a wonderful performance of a young man going through the trials of tribulations of adulthood. Melinda doesn’t smother or even make his life a living hell; It’s just her trying to connect to her son and try to bring the innocent young child she once had, but can’t.

The film grows darker and scarier with a cat and mouse game with his mom. Abbey plant cameras throughout the house, which is a tremendous POV instead of using the basic found footage approach. We see the real emotions from the actors where it’s too real. At times I had to hit pause to remind myself this is just a movie, not a documentary. For myself and maybe others, I saw myself as Bailey growing up given I wasn’t a bad kid, but it was hard growing up back then, and it’s harder today. As an adult, we see ourselves as Melinda wanting the best, hoping to find what we want.

The third act is perhaps the most terrifying because we see the full circle of Jacob. Abby is reaching her breaking point pleading to the universe for her son to come back to reality. Even in the end, where it has, it’s a terrifying climax, we see the true nature of Jacob and understand his character. My jaw dropped, paralyzed in fear for the last 30 minutes of the film to the end of the credits. Tucia Lyman wrote and directed a great movie that plays as a terrifying tale of how real trauma, mental abuse, and how the youth of today, along with even adults go can carry a heavy burden without the use of help or even prescription medications. The film is worth watching for entertainment and for those to see the reality of our choices. The film will be available to rent or own on various digital formats along with a physical release. For more information please visit Mothers of Monsters

 

Posted by Jai Alexis

Associate Producer for the films Teacher Shortage, Violet. writer of the short film "The First" when he's not working he's eating Mexican food and watching The Golden Girls

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