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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


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.