By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Troubling real-life concerns become genuine horror in M.O.M.: MOTHERS OF MONSTERS, which sees release next month and has had its trailer and poster unveiled.
M.O.M. will open for a week-long run at Los Angeles’ Arena Cinelounge on Friday the 13th of March, with a nationwide digital rollout to follow. Written and directed by Tucia Lyman, it stars Melinda Page Hamilton, Bailey Edwards and Edward Asner; the synopsis: A distraught mother [Hamilton] suspects her teenage son [Edwards] is plotting a school shooting, but when he slips through the cracks of the system, she is forced to take matters into her own hands. After installing an elaborate spy camera system in their home, Abbey captures a series of disturbing videos that confirm her worst fears. Torn between a mother’s unconditional love and a mother’s acute intuition, Abbey caters her videos to all the other ‘mothers of monsters’ on-line. Abbey’s plan backfires when Jacob uses a dark family secret against her, launching both mother and son on a terrifying, and ultimately deadly, game of cat and mouse.”
“I’ve always been intrigued by real-life horror films that use the dysfunctions of society as a vessel to explore the truth,” Lyman says. “M.O.M. is a work of narrative fiction, but much of the behavior, scenarios and dialogue were borrowed from the journals and publications of real-life school shooters and their parents. It is a very confronting film, much like the subject matter itself, and I hope it will contribute to the national debate surrounding mental health stigma and gun violence in America.”