Say what you will about Nicolas Cage, but the guy is fearless. He’ll do just about anything, and he’ll do it with…let’s call it enthusiasm. His most recent project, Mom and Dad, sees Cage re-teaming with the co-director of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Brian Taylor. Formerly one half of the Neveldine/Taylor duo, the two made waves with movies like Crank and its sequel, Crank 2: High Voltage.
Since their unofficial split in 2013, Mark Neveldine released The Vatican Tapes two years later, and Mom And Dad marks Taylor’s return to feature film directing after Spirit of Vengeance in 2012. However, Taylor also co-created the new show Happy! starring Christopher Meloni, about a disgraced cop turned hitman who befriends an imaginary flying unicorn/donkey creature. Taylor directed four episodes of the show’s first season.
Check out the first official trailer for Mom And Dad below:
Judging the duo’s solo projects, it seems like Taylor was the brains behind the madness. Both Mom and Dad and Happy! have received positive reviews, while Neveldine’s Vatican Tapes was mostly forgotten upon release, scoring an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing only $13.5 million dollars. Mom And Dad took a different trajectory, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of their Midnight Madness program, and scoring quite well with that section’s fanbase.
Mom and Dad stars Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair as Brent and Kendall Ryan. Their two children, Carly (Anne Winters) and Josh (Zackary Arthur), have been driving them crazy. But one day, the parents in their sleepy little suburb begin inexplicably murdering their children. Now, Carly and Josh must survive the night (and their parents’ wrath) to figure out what the hell is going on. Variety’s Dennis Harvey called the film “one of the great jet-black comedies about suburbia.”
Check out the trailer right here and be sure to watch Mom and Dad on VOD, January 19th.
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