‘Time for a change’
Attack of the Adult Babies is a 2017 British comedy horror feature film directed by Dominic Brunt (Before Dawn; Inbred) from a screenplay by Paul Shrimpton, based on a storyline by Joanne Mitchell. It stars Kurtis Lowe, Andrew Dunn and Sally Dexter.
A home invasion forces two teenagers to break into a remote country manor and steal top secret documents. Little do the intruders know but the stately pile is also the venue where a group of high-powered middle-aged men go to take refuge from the stresses of daily life by dressing in nappies and indulging their every bizarre nursery-themed weird whim. Or that this grotesque assembly intends to refuel the world’s economy by very sinister, sick and monstrous means…
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Director Dominic Brunt tries hard in this movie to join the Peter Jackson Bad Taste (1987) and Sam Raimi The Evil Dead (1981) club of over-the-top absurdist horror, however Attack of the Adult Babies lacks the raw energy and unbridled looniness of those films, replacing it, instead, with a snickering schoolboy cheek and the overly clever awkward comedic sensibilities of a Ricky Gervais, which always drains the vitality from any story.
Being beaten over the head with the ham-fisted “ruling class as pigs” metaphor doesn’t help, either; it, too, rings very loudly as gross, adolescent resentment and dangerously borders a half-wit narrative tone deafness.
Writers Joanne Mitchell and Paul Shrimpton can’t decide if they’re playing the astute satire card, the poo-obsessed fat attack card, or the Jonah Hill negative comedy card. Separately, these styles might work for their designated audiences, yet meshed together, they’re nothing but a bad crap storm.
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“With something to say, unexpected plot twists, and just nutty humour, Attack of the Adult Babies may not be a great film, but it seems to be exactly what it wants to be. Although constrained by a budget, it certainly feels that no compromises were made.” Luke Ryan Baldock, The Hollywood News
“Brunt’s approach to his low materials is nothing if not self-aware – and he is also attempting, like a latter-day alchemist, to find nuggets of gold in all that shit, chiefly through absurdist satirical commentary on what really fuels the world’s power elites.” Anton Bitel, SciFi Now
“All title and no worthwhile content, Attack of the Adult Babies is sleazy, silly and dull. It’s a tacky and tasteless mutated Carry On, with a full nappy in place of any jokes, and is an oft-incomprehensible comedy antidote.” Alan Simmons, Live for Films
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There are some Society-like ideas about the repulsive origins of social order, but this owes at least as much to the cinema of Warren Speed (Zombie Women of Satan) as to Brian Yuzna. Besides explosive shit, this features shedloads of offal, gouged eyes, a chainsaw to the crotch, a massive blood-puke fountain, Cannibal Apocalypse all-the-way-through bullet wounds and an intermission featuring a couple of bored internet burlesque girls standing around.” The Kim Newman Web Site
“The film has some trademark British humour as Brunt lingers on hilariously awkward interstitials. These moments make this a great audience movie. The laughs trickle across the theatre, and grow throughout the crowd, as each distinct chuckle adds to the surreal humour of it all. Attack of the Adult Babies is an exercise in cinematic shock and disgust.” Benedict Seal, Bloody Disgusting
Cast and characters:
Andy Abrahams … Jeremy
Dominic Brunt … Sterculius Voice
Charlie Chuck … Tony
Kate Coogan … Sandra
Simon Corble … Ivan Mangele
Samantha Daniels … Nurse Sam
Sally Dexter … Margaret
Steph Easter … Bouncy Bouncy Girl
Howard Ellis … Adult Baby
Nicky Evans … Vlad
William Fox … Dimitri
Keith Hardy … Adult Baby
Laurence R. Harvey … Michael
Rebecca Lindley … Nurse
Joanna Louise Smith … Nurse
Ashleigh Louise … Nurse
Martin McSorley … Adult Baby
Maria Lee Metheringham … Nurse Maria
Joanne Mitchell … Clinton
Keith Nahon … Adult Baby
Seamus O’Neill … David
Danielle Parton … Intermission Girl
Mica Proctor … Kim
Lindsay Stanger … Call girl
Jonah Stevenson … PC Bill Jones
Mel Wayman … Nurse
Thaila Zucchi … Barbara
On July 9, 2018, Nucleus Films released the film in the UK as a Limited Edition Blu-ray. This collector’s version is limited to 1,000 individually numbered cases, that includes a fragrant air freshener. The slipcase artwork is by Graham Humphreys.
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