Friday, October 12, 2012

Baby Blues

 (2008) ***1/2

Loosely based on the 2001 Andrea Yates case in which the mother drowns her five children. In this film the Dad is a truck driver who is off on a run leaving his wife to tend to their newborn infant son and three other children on their remote farm. Mom starts acting weird and the kids just being kids start grating on her nerves. Ten year old Jimmy the eldest son realizes what Mom is up to after he finds his infant brother dead and he catches Mom in the act of drowning his sister. He cracks her over the head and runs off with his siblings. He spends a hellish night running from his psychotic pitchfork-wielding mother just trying to keep himself and his siblings alive.

Shockingly violent take on a disturbing subject, Colleen Porch does a hell of job as the crazed Mother; she is relentless and scary as hell. The conflicting emotions of the children are clearly displayed, should we listen to Mom or not? We are supposed to listen to Mom but she’s not right. The kids are little so I would imagine that a sudden flip in an otherwise normal parent would totally fuck with their heads. Baby Blues is fast paced and gripping, unfortunately the ending is a bit lackluster. Still, it’s definitely worth the watch.


8 comments:

Catfreeek said...

I just noticed the mom in my first pic has the same look on her face a JSPs dwarf

DCD said...

Yes, yes she does! Sounds somewhat interesting although I tends to be squeamish (shocker!) about stuff with kids.

Octopunk said...

Yikes! I can't really think of another movie in which a mom goes after her kids like that.

That first picture is hella scary.

Crystal Math said...

I got creeped out just reading the review! Nevertheless I want to watch it...

Landshark said...

Wow, talk about going where horror films don't usually dare to go. Sounds ballsy.

AC said...

i'm with dcd, squeamishness keeping the biddy flag flying!

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Julie said...

Yikes, I could never, ever watch this.

I just wanted to add that Andrea Yates was one of those Christians who believe in female submission and having as many kids as the lord will allow.

So how's that workin' out???