Try to imagine Roger Corman's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS attempted as grim drama, shorn of all campy humor and performed as wrenchingly and painfully as Death of a Salesman
. Not a nice thought, and a fair representation of MOM, a direct-to-video horror release.
The film isn't awash with gore, but what's there is quite enough. The pre-credit sequence depicts a lonely bus stop where vampire-like Nestor Duvalier (Brion James) sinks his fangs into a pregnant woman's belly. From that delightful sight the scene switches to a nice suburban home, where elderly
Emily Dwyer (Jeanne Bates) watches a TV news bulletin on the murder with maternal pride--her son Clay (Mark...