By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Jonathon Martin
The ‘haunted house’ is a clique of the horror genre that has been used time and time again; however, most are not nearly as original as An Evening with My Comatose Mother. Dorothy arrives at the Poe’s house one creepy Halloween night to watch over the house. Before departing, the couple details the particulars of the house, including Alice Poe’s elderly comatose mother. Once gone, Dorothy realizes that she may not be the only conscious one in the house.
Many elements in this film are reminiscent of Drag Me to Hell. It may be the almost overthetop spooky atmosphere or that the film does not take itself seriously, but more than likely it is the creepy, decrepit mother. The film also features a disturbing clown doll that, to my knowledge, has only been bested by the doll from Poltergeist.
Two standout aspects of the film are the lighting and special effects; both are done rather skillfully and allow the audience to overlook some of the films more subtle flaws. For instance, there appeared to be no overarching connection for Tiny Tim to be in the story other than he was frightful. The film also featured a stereotypical witch/hag laugh that pierced the ears and was grossly overdone.
An Evening with My Comatose Mother keeps the audience engaged for the film’s 33 minute run time with a tale that everyone has seen before and still loves.
This film was screened at the 2011 Buried Alive! Film Festival.