The quality of the film is reminiscent of something one might see on Lifetime from the same period. "Mommy" has a soap opera quality to it in everything from the acting to the photography, much of which is done in close-up. That works in moderation, particularly when it involves McCormack's genuinely menacing eyes, but not so much with anyone else in the film. The most egregiously bad thing here, though, is the performance of child actress Rachel Lemieux. She's annoying, whiny and flat at every turn... so much so that the viewer may be tempted to root for her crazy mother in the film's climactic junkyard scene. That itself features a terrible cop-out of an ending that also seems like it would be more at home in a soap opera than a psychological thriller/horror film.
The other saving grace this flick has is some of the unintended humor that comes from a lack of internal consistency and continuity. Watch carefully as articles of clothing appear to change mid-scene, as blood stains appear and disappear, and as supposedly dead bodies change positions repeatedly between shots. Amazing!
If you want to see an actress depicting a completely frightening psycho to perfection, check this flick out and fast-forward past any scene in which Patty McCormack isn't featured on screen. That's the only reason to bother with this one.
I got this movie in a "Horror Classics" 10 pack for Christmas one year, I assume it came from JV Bargins. It is so so so damn bad that I laughed!
It's about a little girl who's mum is psychotic (she also killed her father a few years ago) and wants her to do well and then after her mother murders her teacher for not giving her the class mate of the year award a big investigation starts and more people start dropping off.
This movie is full of cheesey dialogue and diconnected voice-overs by the little girl that suggest that this movie is intended as a poignant family drama.
The mother seems to love her daughter so so much yet there is this totally random scene at the end in which the mother tries to kill her! I laughed during that scene because their idea of a climatic scene involves a dog coming out of nowhere and attacking the mother and in this very scene the girl hits her mother with a metal bar and then the mother begins a speech of "who loves you more than anything on God's green earth?" and the daughter breaks down sobbing and embraces her mother, Yes you mother who just tried to kill you for no reason loves the shit out of you!
Poor script, woeful acting, bad cinematography and cheap film quality give this movie a "home-video" feel. The actress playing the mother, Patty McCormack, was nominated for an Oscar some 50 years ago for "The Bad Seed", I guess talent goes with age.
Well I give this trashy b-movie zero stars