The Bad Seed legacy gets multi-generational with 1995's Mommy
Written and directed by Max Allan Collins, the Iowa-shot film is so bad it's just ... bad, amateurish and witless despite the fun McCormack is clearly having. Not to mention the weird appeal of her supporting cast: playwright and lead Exorcist priest Jason Miller looking pretty ill as a cop, velvet-voiced scream queen Brinke Stevens as Mommy's suspicious sister, "First Lady of Star Trek" Majel Barrett as that unfortunate teacher, pulp maestro and definite non-actor Mickey Spillane as an attorney.
It made enough of a splash, however, to warrant Mommy 2: Mommy's Day two years later. This sequel has marginally improved production values, better kills, and the line "I know, dear, you're innocent. Like O.J." Now a famous murder, Mommy has been released from prison with an experimental anti-psychotic implant in her brain — not that it stops her. Meanwhile Jessica Ann has taken up figure skating. There are no bonus points for guessing what kind of blade her pissy coach's throat gets slit with.
These movies are for Bad Seed and Patty McCormack completists; drinking games can only help. However, the interview extras that have the star talking about various phases of her career are so entertaining you might hope for Mommy 3 so they can continue.
THE BAD SEED WITH PATTY MCCORMACK
Sat/15, noon (brief Q&A), 7:30 p.m. (gala tribute), 9 p.m. (film only), $10-$25
429 Castro, SF
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