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2008 / Horror, Drama
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Directed by Lars Jacobson and Amar Singh Kaleka
Written by Lars Jacobson
Starring Colleen Porch, Ridge Canipe, Sean Johnson, Holden Thomas Maynard, Kali Majors, Joel Bryant and Gene Witham

On a secluded family farm, a mother suffers a psychotic break due to postpartum depression, forcing the eldest son to protect his siblings from the mother they have always known and loved.

The following tags are associated with this movie: slasher
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Baby Blues (2008)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

8 / 10
This one kind of came out of nowhere and has some big balls to do what they did, while the violence isn't THAT excessive, the whole point of the kids (supposedly aged 10, 7, 4 and a newborn) being hunted and exterminated by their own mother is what makes this movie such a kick to the nuts. If this film was more popular and probably a bigger budget to get away with more, you'd bet your sweet ass that it would have kicked up a much bigger media storm with a lot more outrage than what it initially received.

There are definitely a number of similarities (or homages) to other films as the mother strongly resembles a female version of Jack Torrance from "The Shining". It doesn't take long to get going, her descent into becoming a homicidal maniac is structured pretty well as everything moves at such a frantic pace which prevents the movie from ever really having any dragging or dull moments.

The actors do a fine job of carrying the movie. The kids do well. Even those that are the smallest, they do a good job of making the movie feel authentic, like a real family. That's probably the part that mattered the most, making it feel raw and as real as it should. Especially since it's based on real events.

The subject matter is what's going to make or break this movie when/if you watch it. To those who can't stand violence to kids, be warned... this is something you might not be able to sit through. I mean, of course it's just acting but this movie really does flesh out the situation to its fullest. It ends with a pretty terrifying cliffhanger and the majority of the movie is rather suspenseful.

Baby Blues is a hidden gem that deserves more attention in the horror community.
Baby Blues (2008)
Review by Michael Mahoney

8 / 10
Often considered one of the more disturbing horror films made in recent times, Baby Blues is certainly a memorable film. It may not provide the most fun you've had while watching a movie, but no one can say that Baby Blues is forgettable.

The story, revolving around a mother who, due to mental issues, goes after her children to kill them, is pretty disturbing. And that's basically the movie - at around 80 minutes, there's not a whole lot to it, but don't let that make the movie any less tense.

I don't know any of the actors from the film, but there wasn't one that negatively stood out. Colleen Porch did great as the insane mother, and boy, did she ever seem like she utterly lost it. It wasn't even clear if she realized she was killing her children, or if she thought she was simply 'punishing' them. Fantastic performance from her. Ridge Canipe, playing the central character and one of the kids, did a great job for a child performer. Joel Bryant and Gene Whitman also did good jobs, Whitman in particular being a character I really liked.

There's certainly some shocking violence in the film which goes beyond just the mother going after her children with a pitchfork. There's multiple impalements, painful-looking cuts by butcher knife, and plenty of violence, none of it over-the-top, to keep you going. Because much of it is a mother inflicting such pain onto her children, it can be a bit much for some people, but it's done pretty well.

This is a somewhat controversial film, and I know that there are some that are decidedly against this film, and some even who refuse to watch it, calling it 'tasteless.' I'm not a mother, nor a parent of any kind, but it's certainly everyone's right to refuse to watch something they've no interest in. They're missing out, though, because Baby Blues does a very good job with what they had, being a lower-budget, straight-to-video film, and while the content can be hard to sit through, I definitely recommend it.
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