Mom ★★★

That feeling when you roll the dice on an obscure practical-effects laden horror that is totally marketed as a goofy bad gran-sploitation monster thing, but instead you get a shockingly sad and harrowing allegory about the anguish and fears of taking care of your aging parents when they're dealing with life-threatening illnesses. And also, how your own anguish about the situation can ruin your entire life.

There's a lot of filler to this. It feels longer than it needs to be and is boring for a while, but it is nonetheless poignant and surprising. Brion James is also here in a fun performance that feels like proto-"the spirit of jazz" from the Mighty Boosh. The practical effects are few, but spread out evenly across the movie, and very effective when you see em.