A new horror movie is due to drop this weekend from out lesbian filmmaker Tucia Lyman, bringing a queer perspective to the “found footage” genre just in time for Friday the 13th.
“M.O.M. (Mothers of Monsters)” stars Bailey Edwards (the openly gay son of actor Anthony Edwards, “Top Gun,” “E.R.”) as a duplicitous teenager named Jacob, whose single mother, Abbey (Melinda Page Hamilton, “Messiah,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), fears he is a psychopath.
According to the official synopsis, Abbey, who suspects her son of planning a school shooting, sets up a network of spy cameras in order to secretly film him at home. When she captures a series of disturbing videos that confirm her worst fears, she finds herself “torn between a mother’s unconditional love and a mother’s acute intuition,” and decides to share her videos with all the other “mothers of monsters” online. Her plan goes awry when Jacob uses a dark family secret against her, setting into motion a deadly game of cat and mouse between mother and son.
Based in large part on the testimonies and journals of real school shooters and their parents, the movie Lyman’s feature filmmaking debut, and she says the movie brings a queer perspective to a genre traditionally dominated by heteronormative sensibilities.
“Although the character of Jacob is not necessarily gay,” she says, “there are a lot of queer undertones in the writing itself, which developed even further during my rehearsals with Bailey. I’m sure the fact that we’re both gay in real life contributed to some of the unique choices we made around Jacob’s backstory and relationships, which Bailey infused into his performance in a brilliantly subtle way.”
Edward Asner also stars.
The movie will have a weeklong premiere run at the Arena Cinelounge in Los Angeles starting on Friday, March 13, but you will also be able to catch it nationwide on streaming digital HD from platforms including Amazon Video and iTunes.
You can watch the trailer below.