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Ed and His Dead Mother
(1993)
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 4 Beans

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d Chilton (Steve Buscemi, "Fargo"), a lonely hardware store employee, misses his mother, Mabel (Miriam Margolyes, the voice of Fly in "Babe"). She has been dead for a while, you see. Ed is especially sad because of a promise he had once made to her -- he promised they would never be apart.

Then one day Ed gets a chance to cure his sorrows, a company called Happy People promises to bring Ed's mother back to life for a hefty sum of cash. Ed pays, and Mabel is brought back to life and returns home as if nothing has ever happened.

There is a catch, though. Mabel must take her daily "medication" -- she must eat a live cockroach every day to transfer it's life into her body. Strangely enough, she becomes addicted to them and begins to experience a side-effect of having excessive energy (as well as begining to eat additional roaches when she isn't suppossed to.)

After an overdose, Mabel goes a little bit crazy and begins working her way up the food chain by way of eating household pets, until finally she turns to cannibalism to get her fix. Poor Ed finally realizes that maybe he has made a mistake and that something needs to be done.

As strange as the premise is, I actually found myself interested enough that I did not have to force myself to keep watching. However, the movie suffers from waffling between being a comedy and a horror film. Though this would probably be best described as a "dark comedy", in some instances the gore is too horrific for the younger ones, while the the same instances the comedy is too overboard for the circumstances.

A very odd film, worthy of at least one viewing if you can stomach the blood.






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