MOTHER'S DAY (1980) VS. MOTHER'S DAY (2011)
January 18th, 2011 6:54pm EST
Charles Kaufman’s ‘Mother’s Day’ (1980) is another one of those twisted horror films I clearly recall from my childhood. During the 80s when VCRs hit the market and what was in then, my brothers and I had access to renting films and always remembered hanging out at the video store (Leisure Video) and in the Horror section—because we weren’t allowed to browse Porn—and coming across a video box which displayed a pretty interesting movie poster. The title read ‘Mother’s Day’ and trying to match up title to art, even at a virginal age, we were able to understand that the film had a totally different meaning on what the actual day stands for—well, at least for those who follow it with “tradition.”
We knew it was a horror flick, but not really ready for what we were about to embark on once we agreed to rent it. (I still remember my parents’ membership number: 1636) On a day when our folks weren’t around we gathered up, started the movie and off we went as our fragile little brains soaked up one of the most visceral films I think any of us endured at such an early age, but considering we were already Vets at the horror game with classics like ‘The Exorcist’ (1973) or ‘I Spit On Your Grave’ aka ‘Day Of The Woman’ (1978), how bad or harsh could this film possibly be? Sure it was a wee bit over-the-top, but, man, nothing like old-school horror flicks. Everything in this film was just there and in our faces. From smart-ass remarks/dialog, to rape, to blood and best of all—sweet revenge! Once the film was done, we knew we had accomplished another encounter with a film that would live within us for the rest of our lives.
I wasn’t too far off considering while growing up we would quote the film and while at a FANGORIA Horror Convention at the Jacob Javits Center (NYC) last year, I purchased the DVD, gathered my brothers for a ‘Mother’s Day’ screening reunion and sucked up this vile film once again, however, now grown up and understanding films A LOT more, we laughed it off during certain scenes, but remained respectful to its masterful art-form of a classic horror film as we were still taken by it.
’Mother’s Day’ Movie Quotes We Loved Repeating Through The Years
“Why do you want to go there, lady?”
“You won’t be causing no one, no trouble, no more”
“Don’t touch me you backwards, perverted, piece of sh*t!”
(Chuckling) “Wow… you’re a really pretty girl”
(Pointing Finger) “Her first!”
“Boys, you have made your mother very proud-oud-oud” (echo)
(Paint brush slapping) “B*tch! B*tch! B*tch!”
Artwork of childhood corruption
This twisted Hillbilly Horror follows two (2) violent young men who are encouraged by their mentally disturbed mother to brutalize three (3) young women. However, after being tormented and tortured by the men, the women get organized and fight back.
Life moved pretty quickly and like many other films—including ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘I Spit On Your Grave,’ ‘Mother’s Day’ was up for a reboot. Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 3 (2006), Saw 4 (2007), Repo The Genetic Opera (2008)) tackled the project and horror freaks where speculating just how much passion would be dedicated in remaking the 1980 horror cult-classic ‘Mother’s Day.’
Bousman’s ‘Mother’s Day’ was originally set to open in 2010, but held back and now set to open April 1, 2011 and unknown whether it’s being pushed for a nation wide opening. Given the film’s past, something tells me it’ll be on limited release, but I’ve been wrong before, so we’ll need to wait it out and see. However, we can lay some speculation on the film’s approach to rest due to the film’s trailer. The film’s premise has some changes seeing as this one follows a psychotic mother who encourages her two brutal sons return to the house where they grew up to terrorize the new owners and their guests with horrific acts of violence. With a manipulated synopsis, a poster that’s completely different and a trailer which clearly made me know this film’s totally different from what I experienced with the original, the results remain to be seen/heard.
The film stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Briana Evigan, Deborah Ann Woll, Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore
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