Attack of the Adult Babies (2017) Review by Steve Wells
ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES (hereby referred to as AOTAB is a British comedy horror, premiered at last year’s FrightFest film festival, and finally released on home video.
AOTAB starts off with an ordinary family sitting around playing a mind-numbingly dull board game that only Dad (Coronation Street’s Andrew Dunn) seems to be enjoying. Suddenly two armed gunmen burst in and take Dad hostage. The ransom? The other three family members have to go a nearby mansion, break in and steal a box of files, and they only have three hours to do it. However, once inside, his wife Sandra (Kate Coogan from Emmerdale) discovers it’s a retreat for the country’s elite MPs and judges to live out a fetish of being adult babies, being nursed and changed by nurses in sexy outfits. She also notices that most of the gentlemen have snouts instead of noses, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They are changing, into something truly original, creepy but amusing.
Described as a horror comedy, the story is far from drawn out, it pretty much gets going straightaway, but the laughs are far and few between. When it’s funny it’s VERY good, but a fair bit of the humour (the bumbling antics of the two armed men mentioned earlier) are embarrassingly flat. The practical effects are very well executed, one particular scene involving a chainsaw, which Itchy and Scratchy would have killed for, is hilarious. There is a surreal section involving hallucinations filmed in second rate Aardman style claymation, and you have to admire it’s originality and the effort to make it. It’s not CGI folks, there are thumbprints.
The later subplot involving the ‘thing’ in the basement is like something from the mind of Douglas Adams if he wrote for Viz. It’s original, very cleverly thought out but feels like an afterthought that would have made the film much better if used more centrally.
Directed by Emmerdale’s ‘Paddy Kirk’, Dominic Brunt, and featuring a likeable cast including Charlie Chuck (Uncle Peter from The Smell Of Reeves & Mortimer), horror regular Laurence R. Harvey and Sally Dexter (yet another soap Emmerdale actor!) AOTAB is worth a watch but, although I watched it until the end, I had a sense of ‘is that it?’ as the credits rolled. I also felt a bit uncomfortable in that some of the adult babies seemed to be portrayed as mentally challenged and possibly played for laughs. Maybe I’m reading too much into that.
And what was that end about?