Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? - Double Feature DVD Review

Mill Creek Ent., Not Rated; 2 hrs 56 mins; $14.98

Do you remember back in the day when network television would air their weekly low-budget made-for-TV movies?

Unfortunately, I do remember watching a few of these movies during my childhood! Yes, there were a few decent movies once in a great while, but for the most part these films were extremely cheesy with horrible plots and really bad acting.

Now, the only reason why I'm talking about these type of movies is because I had recently watched the 1996 made-for-television movie Mother, May I Sleep with Danger and the 2016 horror remake, which are both currently available on a DVD Double Feature from Mill Creek Entertainment.

The original Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Tori Spelling as Laurel Lewisohn, a college student who begins a romantic relationship with Kevin Shane (played by Ivan Sergei). Through her eyes, Kevin is a charming college classmate, but in reality he's a psychopath with a deadly past. Kevin easily convinces everyone in Laurel's life that he is the perfect boyfriend for her, well, everyone except for her mother, Jessica (played by Lisa Banes), who believes Kevin is dangerous. Despite her mother's objections, Laurel continues her relationship with Kevin, well, until, he becomes a little bit obsessed with her. By the time she tries to break it off with him, it might be too little, too late for her.

The 2016 version of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? is less of a remake and more or a reimagining with a horror twist. Produced by James Franco (who also has a small part in the film), the remake drops the "boyfriend is obsessed with my daughter" plot for a vampire-lesbian love story. This time around Tori Spelling plays Julie, the mother of a college student named Leah (played by Leila George). Similar to the original, the daughter falls in love, but this time it's with a vampire, Pearl (played by Emily Meade), and of course the mother believes Pearl is a bad influence on her. Unlike other vampires, Pearl only feeds on abusive males, and she is hellbent on protecting Leah from anyone that will hurt her, including her own Nightwalker clan.

Final Thoughts

I'm well aware that the original Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? movie has many die-hard fans, but I'm definitely not one of them. For starters, I've never been of fan of Tori Spelling's acting, which has shockingly gotten worse over the years. And, I just don't like cheesy made-for-television movies like this one! Now, my opinion for the remake is quite different, as I actually liked it a lot more than the original. Yes, it's just as cheesy, but I like the vampire/horror aspects to it. Don't get me wrong, the 2016 film is pretty bad, but I do prefer it over the the two.

The picture and sound quality for both films were above average. There are no special features or extras on the single disc.

If you're fan of the original or the remake, then you'll probably be interested in the Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? Double Feature DVD. If you're not, then you'll probably want to skip this release.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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