Clay is rather suspicious when his mother takes in a strange drifter who appears to be blind, especially when he starts to notice some changes in her behaviour. As it turns out, he is a supernatural creature that feeds on human flesh, and now he has turned Clay's mother into one too. All of a sudden his old lady seems to have a insatiable hunger for human flesh herself, and she is already responsible for several deaths. What can Clay do to stop the carnage and bring back the old woman he knows?
The first pleasant surprise in this movie was the appearance of a young Claudia Christian in the first scene. Unfortunately her only function in the movie is to get eaten in first few minutes. D'oh. Never mind though, the movie has a decent cast aside from her, including a wonderfully creepy performance from Brion James as the drifter - probably best known for playing the replicant Leon in Blade Runner.
The concept of someone's mother turning into a werewolf had been done about a year earlier in the aptly-named "My Mom's A Werewolf." However, these two movies could not be more different from one another. The former was a comedy, while this one is very much a straight-up grisly horror movie. In fact, that's part of the problem. The movie could certainly have done with some more humour - especially dark humour, given the nature of the subject matter. While it does have its moments, it ambles along a bit and fails to entertain consistently. This is perhaps the reason why writer/director Paul Rand never directed another movie again.
This is not to say that Mom is a bad movie by any means. Horror fans will almost certainly find something to enjoy, even while they are feeling rather disappointed by the unfulfilled potential of this movie.
A sad and depressing tale about a sweet old lady who takes in a mysterious drifter. The drifter is a crazy werewolf who infects her and the two go on nightly hunts? How will her son and the rest of the family react to Mom's new hobby? It's an okay time waster, it's too sad and downbeat for most people.
I would have to agree with Captain Couths review somewhat of the fact that, this movie was directed very badly and what could have been a viable story plot line was turned into a wishy washy bad film. It got so bogged down, I had to leave the room for a while because I became restless with the whole bloody thing.
It's debatable whether this is actually a werewolf movie or not. The creatures in question are actually referred to as "flesh-eaters", and the suggestion seems to be that legends about vampires, werewolves and ghouls all stem from encounters with these creatures.
Like vampires, they come out at night and seem to be somewhat sensitive to light. When they die, their bodies seems to turn to dust like in some vampire movies. However, they devour flesh rather than drinking blood and can only be killed by fire. Any food other than human flesh is disgusting to them. Their overall appearance is something of a mix between vampiric and lycanthropic.
Naturally I would tend towards the werewolf interpretation, and it seems that most reviewers agree with me.