Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – A Mother Knows Best (2017)

Director: Stephanie Hensley, Derek Justice

Writer: Erin Butusov, Stephanie Hensley, Chris Prather (Screenplay)

Starring: Allie Arkwright, Brezlin Ashely, Erin Butusov, Ilo Butusov, Tonya Conner, Sandra Cook


Plot: A horror anthology all based around mothers and their children.


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Verdict: Great Series of Mother Horror Anthologies


Story: A Mother Knows Best starts as our mother in this story is reading the stories to her own son, the stories are as followed.

Mommy’s Little Angel starts as Angel (Nixon) is dealing with sin from her own sexually desires from her overbearing religious mother from her own religious upbringing.

Mommas Boy starts with Cain (Ashley) and Abel (Glass) two teenage boys that are searching for a new man for their Momma but they do have a twisted motivation for their search.

A Mother’s Choice starts as we see a young couple first discover they are going to have a baby as the couple must ask the question, do they give up their planned future or their unborn child they would struggle to support leading to them both going different directions, with the next few years changing everything.

Mommy’s Promises starts as the single mother of a teenage daughter looks to date, breaking the promises with her daughter over and over leading to her going into supernatural methods to get her own revenge.

Mommy Said so starts as we meet our child Landen, who loves his Momma and lives with an abusive father Jake.


Thoughts on A Mother Knows Best


Characters/PerformanceThe characters involved in each story are all good, we see a mother and child in all dealing with different situations. This shows in the performances that are also all good throughout from all of the actors.

StoryThis is an anthology of horror stories; Mommas Boy does have a good twist to how the story goes. Mommy Said So deals with abusive parents and how a child deals with them. Mommy’s Little Angel deals with religious beliefs holding back the true feelings people can have when it comes to their desires. A Mother’s Choice deals with a very dark tone and is the story which I found to be the best. Mommy’s Promises enters into voodoo which always works for horror. When you look at anthologies you know you are going to get a series of short stories and the best way to judge them is could you see them becoming feature films and the answer to that is yes you could do. Saying this it would be fair to say certain stories do feel slightly too short compared to others.

HorrorThe horror side of the stories all go into different ideas, we won’t go into all of them but I will say each different story does offer something for all the horror fans.

SettingsThe settings bring us into the homes of all of the families that we follow, we see how the horror can come from home over the outside world.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all practical and only needed when needed.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good series of horror stories that all could be feature films that could be gripping.


Overall: One for the horror anthology fans.





Harvey Keitel Weekend – Corrupt (1983)

corruptDirector: Roberto Faenza

Writer: Ennio De Concini, Roberto Faenza, Hugh Fleetwood (Screenplay) Hugh Fleetwood (Novel)

Starring: Harvey Keitel, John Lydon, Nicole Garcia, Leonard Mann, Sylvia Sidney


Plot: A pair of corrupt cops spend their illegal cash on an uptown New York City flat.


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Verdict: Slow Thriller


Story: Corrupt starts as we follow two corrupt police officer’s LT Fred O’Connor (Keitel) and his partner Bob (Mann) who use their secret money to stay in a uptown New York flat, but with a cop killer targeting the narcotics division that does these potential victims or suspects in this crime case. Leo Smith (Lydon) has been searching for the corrupt officers within the force looking to hand out his own form of justice.

When Leo tracks down Fred, he finds himself being kept prisoner and claiming to be the killer, but not everything is adding up the way Fred believes it is, leading him to investigate Leo’s past while Leo must wait his fate but with him trapped in the flat is the cop killer off the streets?


Thoughts on Corrupt


Characters/PerformanceFred is what you would call your typical officers that takes advantage of the situations to look out for himself while remaining a good detective, he gets confused with the Leo character’s story and motives. Leo is a very interesting character because one minute he claims to be the cop killer the next he doesn’t but he gets a control over Fred unlike anyone else has.

Keitel and Lydon both give good performances here both embracing their characters well making sure we are not complete sure of eithers actions.stars

StoryThe story here is following corrupt cops who are searching for a potential cop killer, but where this film goes in a different direction the two parties find themselves having to cover for each other. There are elements of what we have come to know from Insomnia but otherwise the slow nature of this film gets hard to keep up on as everything unfolds.

Crime/ThrillerWe have a crime side of this story with two different styles of criminals one with the law on their side the other without, we are left to wonder what the motives behind everything are but we don’t get sucked in the way we should.

SettingsThis film is set in New York City but doesn’t seem to want to use the iconic settings in any of the backdrops of the film.

Special EffectsWe have limited special effects going on here but the ones we do get all work very well.genre

Final ThoughtsThis is easily a thriller I doubt many people will have heard of let alone seen, I can understand why and I do feel the Keitel fans out there should give it a go.


Overall: Slow burner but easy to watch thriller.