Plot: What’s it about?
Henry Fudd (Buck Kartalian) has a rather repressed life, thanks to his shy persona and a very controlling mother. He spends most of his time serving his mother’s various needs, but when he gets free time, he loves to do two things, tend to his plants and peep on young lovers. Yeah, ole Henry is a strange guy, but he means well and he doesn’t hurt anyone, so all is well. He keeps his plants locked up inside his bedroom and one of them is most unusual, as it speaks to Henry, with a sexy voice nonetheless. This plant has started to grow at an exponential rate and as time passes, it demands more substantial meals. Henry feeds the plant more and more, but it still needs more and since Henry has fallen in love with the plant, he decides to do whatever is called for, to ensure it remains happy and healthy. But when the plant gets a craving for human flesh, Henry is unsure at first and soon enough, he rounds up the neighbors and feeds them to the plant, which demands more people food all the time. But how much longer can Henry keep up with the monstrous appetite of the plant and when he is unable to, what will become of him and his creation?
This Harry Novak produced flick looks like a sleazed up Little Shop of Horrors and in the end, that’s not too far from the truth. Novak (Wham! Bam! Thank You Spaceman!, Mantis In Lace) produced a lot of these kind of films in his career and of course, this one is loaded with low production values, hilarious attempts at acting, and of course, a virtual parade of naked women. I mean, I knew this would have a lot of flesh, but I was surprised by how much there is here, this one more than deserves the moniker of a nudie, to be sure. I was also taken back by the sex scenes, which are more risque than most films of this ilk and as such, viewers should make sure they can handle that. Rene Bond (Legends of Porn, Five Loose Women) was used to working in the nude, but still turns in a laughable performance, while Buck Kartalian (Planet of the Apes, Cool Hand Luke) looks like the love child of Mel Brooks and Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman. This is one of those movies that is so bad, it never fails to entertain, but you have to like that sort of thing, to be sure. If you’re a fan of these kind of movies however, I recommend this release highly, as it has a lot of laughs and of course, even more beautiful naked women.
Video: How does it look?
Please Don’t Eat My Mother is presented in a full frame transfer, which seems to be an acceptable aspect ratio. The film’s low budget roots are evident at times, but I think this presentation is more than solid and should please fans. The colors look bright and bold, but also quite dated, while flesh tones retain a warm, natural appearance. The contrast is more than stable, but lacks the depth and sharpness I would have liked. I wasn’t let down by the print used either, it seems clean enough and shows less debris & such than expected. This is by no means a reference level transfer, but given the nature of this film, I couldn’t ask for much more.
Audio: How does it sound?
The included mono track won’t dazzle your ears, but it more than handles the task, which is what counts. The track is less dated than I had expected, quite clean and with no serious distortion or harshness to report. I wouldn’t say this is a super sharp audio treatment, but I think this is about as good as we can hope for, given the circumstances. The dialogue is always easy to understand and on the whole, the elements are well mixed and no volume errors surface. The music and sound effects are as good as can be expected, but of course, mono and the film’s nature don’t allow for much in terms of dynamic presence.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer, as well as an audio commentary track from producer Harry Novak. I love these Something Weird audio sessions, as the participants seem so enthusiastic and prepared, I’ve never been let down by one and this is no exception. Novak shares stories from the production and reflects on various subjects, very informative and also quite entertaining at times. A trio of bonus short films have also been included, one with star Buck Kartalian, one with star Rene Bond, and one in which Something Weird raids the film vaults of Harry Novak, very cool stuff indeed. You’ll also find a wealth of bonus trailers and a gallery of Novak’s film artwork, including some radio spots.