Less than a week after Blumhouse.com published my list of the 10 Most Underrated Horror Movies of the 1980s, a second featured title is getting a much deserved Blu-ray rerelease. Fangoria bought the exclusive details for Vestron Video’s planned remastering of Parents! To recap:
When PARENTS was released at the tail end of the ’80s, it stuck out like a sore thumb in a genre dominated by slashers and supernatural thrillers. No one knew what to make of it, and the film’s deadpan, pitch-black comedy (which was way more cerebral than most of its ilk) fell flat with its target demographic. The film centers on a young boy who begins to suspect his parents, who appear to be the quintessentially happy 1950s nuclear couple, are in fact bloodthirsty cannibals; the story expresses a deep-rooted, almost primal fear of being poisoned by our own protectors. PARENTS can be found on several compilation DVDs — including one that includes FIDO, which would make for a great double feature; it also streams on Shudder but still deserves a Blu-ray release.
With newly produced special features, which you can find in complete below, Vestron Video’s Blu-ray of PARENTS is currently slated to hit shelves on January 31st, 2017. You can check out the official Vestron Video trailer for PARENTS exclusively below:
Official Synopsis: Ten-year-old Michael Laemle (Bryan Madorsky) senses that something is not quite right with his family. Sure, his mother, Lily (Mary Beth Hurt), is the perfect 1950s housewife, and they have a comfortable life in the suburbs, where his dad, Nick (Randy Quaid), works at a mortuary. But what’s with the enormous cuts of meat that his father brings home every night? What, or whom, do they come from? Michael takes his concerns to a school counselor (Sandy Dennis) who decides to come over for dinner.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Director Bob Balaban and Producer Bonnie Palef
- Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with Composer Jonathan Elias
- “Leftovers to Be” with Screenwriter Christopher Hawthorne
- “Mother’s Day” with Actress Mary Beth Hurt
- “Inside Out” with Director of Photography Robin Vidgeon
- “Vintage Tastes” with Decorative Consultant Yolando Cuomo
Vestron Video is the same company that announced yesterday that they’re releasing Lair of the White Worm on Blu-ray (the other title that was also on my Blumhouse.com list). Clearly, these guys and I think alike when it comes to forgotten horror gems from the 1980s. If so, hopefully they’ll be announcing releases for Pin, House, and Watchers any day now. Hey, a guy can dream!