PLEASE DON’T EAT MY MOTHER! (1973) Reviews and overview

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‘Pretty young ladies make the perfect plant food!’
Please Don’t Eat My Mother! is a 1973 American comedy horror film produced and directed by Carl J. Monson (Legacy of Blood; A Scream in the Streets) from a screenplay by Eric Norden for Harry Novak‘s Boxoffice International Pictures. It was also released as GlumpHungry Pets and Sex Pot Swingers.

The movie stars Buck Kartalian (OctamanLegacy of Blood; Monster Squad), Lyn Lundgren (Strait-Jacket), Art Hedberg, Alice Friedland (The Psycho Lover) and Rene Bond (The Adult Version of Jekyll & Hide; A Name for Evil).

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Please Don’t Eat My Mother! is a sexed-up remake of Roger Corman’s The Little Shop of Horrors. According to Michael Weldon’s Psychotronic Video Guide, it was still playing at drive-ins as late as 1982.

Plot synopsis:
A shy and timid man who lives with his mother buys a plant he thinks talked to him. His loneliness is very apparent in the way he tries to turn the plant into a friend. Well, the plant is carnivorous and can talk with a woman’s voice.

Henry, the protagonist, now has two joys in life. One is being a voyeur (he is much too shy to actually talk to a girl) and the other is his new plant friend. Soon he discovers the plant likes bugs (and then frogs and dogs and cats but he draws the line at elephants). Eventually, the plant wants to try a delicious woman, like in the pictures Henry has hanging in his room.

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One day, Henry’s mother breaks into his room thinking to confront him with a woman and all she can find are Henry and the plant. But soon the plant eats her and discovers that women are really tasty. When detective O’Columbus shows up, the plant discovers she does not like eating men, just women…

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… stands out both for the shabbiness of its monster and for … Buck Kartalian, one of exploitation’s most sadly unsung character actors.” Movies About Girls

“It tries to be a number of different types of movie and essentially fails on all counts. When it’s trying to be a comedy it suffers by not actually being very funny. When it’s trying to be a horror film it suffers because it’s not scary in the slightest.” That Was a Bit Mental

“Humor is actually not bad but the sex scenes are mostly dull and slow things down.” Videohound’s Complete Guide to Cult Flicks and Trash Pics


Rene Bond purple negligee in Please Don't Eat My Mother

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“Bad acting, terrible editing, a script written on the back of a beer mat … All make for a classic piece of exploitation fluff and nonsense, that isn’t for everyone.” Weird Retro

Choice dialogue:
“Oh frog me, Henry, frog me!”

Cast and characters:
Buck Kartalian as Henry Fudd
Lyn Lundgren as Clarice Fudd
Art Hedberg
Rene Bond as Harry’s wife
Alice Friedland as Call girl
Adam Blair
Flora Weisl
Ric Lutze as Harry
Carl Monson [uncredited] as Officer O’Columbus
Zach Moye

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