View Full Version : Does anyone remember "Parents"?
09-30-2003, 07:24 AM
i just went looking for this oddball little horror gem on DVD and apparently the world has forgotten this movie. it looks like it was in print on DVD for a short while because now amazon has used copies going for $35. (not quite sure why they're asking so much for it, it doesn't seem to be in demand).
anyways, it's a cool little black comedy/horror film that i wish i could acquire, but apparently can't.
has anyone else seen it? better yet, does anyone have it? i know this makes this post better suited for the trades area, but i would happily trade anyone a dvd+r of any of my movies for a dvd+r of this.
....just to possibly refresh your memory, this movie is about cannibal parents and stars randy quaid. plus, it was directed by bob balaban! weird!
09-30-2003, 09:38 AM
I thought this movie was well done. I saw it once awhile ago, when i rented it on VHS. Haven't seen a DVD, or heard of a release. I can't comment on it other than that, except to say i remember that it was decent.
09-30-2003, 12:27 PM
The only DVD release of this that I know of was put out by Artisan, and it is cropped.
09-30-2003, 02:36 PM
artisan, huh? i thought it was released by pioneer, at least that's what some website said.
yeah, this is a cool little movie- very dark, not really a comedy as much as a horror film. don't let the name randy quaid scare you off if you haven't seen it.
09-30-2003, 03:13 PM
I believe this great cult gem is public domain too! That surprised me , since it was from the late 80s. I would definitely pluck down cash for a special edition. Maybe a Quaid commentary, something, itd be fun. Im surprised it hasnt been considered by some of the great cult film dvd companies. Probably wouldnt be to expensive to put togethor either, just some of the supplements, remastering etc. All in all its a true gem
09-30-2003, 03:21 PM
This is one of my favorite movies. I don't know if it breaks my top 10, but it's definitely close. Randy Quaid is actually really frightening in Parents, he should do darker characters more often.
I have the DVD I found for $4 in Suncoasts clearance bin a while ago, it's not too great of a DVD but it does the trick. On the case it has Pioneer and Artisan logos, so I don't know what that means.
I'd make a dvd-r copy for you if I could, but I don't have the ability to on this computer. I know someone who has a copy for sale for $20 something, which is pretty cheap comepared to what I've seen, some have been up in the $70 range on Amazon and Half.com.
09-30-2003, 07:25 PM
that's so cool some of you remember this movie! i haven't seen it in years, but i remember it being genuinely disturbing- not really a comedy at all. i'm just dying to see it again- especially now that i know one of the christopher guest movie regulars (bob balaban appears in waiting for guffman, best in show, a mighty wind) directed it.
09-30-2003, 11:50 PM
I rented this on VHS about a year ago or so and didn't really like it. Not near as good as I had hoped it would be, I found it dull, weird, and hardly entertaining at all.
10-01-2003, 02:52 AM
i'm actually shocked that someone who has seen it doesn't like it. anyone who is into this kind of movie should like "parents"- it's weird and disturbing and well made- it has the same kind of uncomfortable shock value as a movie like "the reflecting skin"- does anyone remember THAT little horror gem?
10-01-2003, 04:31 AM
PARENTS was one of the first discs I ever bought, picked it up as soon as I saw it in the stores. I just knew that this film wouldn't last long on DVD and, in fact, I was surprised that it made it on to disc at all. The film is very Freudian using the horror of cannibalism as a metaphor for all kinds of childhood fears about sex, biology, adulthood, authority, alienation, conforming to societal norms. I think many can identify with the young boy's fears on some level.
THE REFLECTING SKIN is another great film which explores childhood fears and how those fears can be amplified and distorted in the child's mind and lead to all sorts of fantastic assumptions. I would love to see THE REFLECTING SKIN on disc, but for now I will have to be content with my VHS copy.
10-01-2003, 01:48 PM
I saw this film in theaters expecting it was a comedy. Needless to say, I walked out a little puzzled by the flick. But over the years I've rented it numerous times and like it more each time. It's a terrifically twisted little piece, almost Lynchian.
So, as soon as I saw it on DVD, I picked it up!
I'm sure someone will release it again down the road. Though I guess a full-blown SE is a little too much to hope for...
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