The family that eats together stays together, or so the saying goes. Although if said family is the Parker clan a lot can be said for eating take away up in your room.
After the matriarch of the Parker clan dies suddenly, daughters Rose (Julia Garner) and Iris (Ambyr Childers) struggle to step up to their new responsibilities. Especially as the duty of preparing their annual traditional meal falls on eldest daughter Iris. You see the family have a particularly strange diet, one which the local police would be very interested in.
I haven’t seen the original 2010 Mexican movie that this film is based on, but this remake seems to stand up pretty well on its own. From the dreary, rain-soaked opening where Mrs Parker meets her end to the creepy, lifeless house that the family live in the setting is creepy and full of dread. We are given hints as to what the family’s secret rituals are but even though it’s clear early on what the special ingredient in their yearly meal is, it’s still nerve-wracking to watch the moment where Iris has to face up to her new responsibilities.
Poor put upon daughters Rose and Iris are sympathetic characters and you feel the plight as they struggle with their moral repulsion of their new duties versus the wrath of their religious father if they don’t do as instructed. Bill Sage is great as the violent and controlling father who also knows how to kill the mood when his daughter Iris gets a bit too close to a cop.
While the film is appropriately creepy and there is plenty of gory moments involved it is a bit predictable. The final denouement also goes a bit over the top and some set-pieces end up a bit silly which sort of undermines the tension set out before it. It also includes one of my least favourite horror cliché where someone has overpowered the villain and leaves him but don’t check to make sure he’s dead!
Still there’s good acting and enough creepiness to make this a worthwhile horror to check out.
Rating 3/5 – a creepy little horror movie that’s best not to watch whilst eating your dinner.