Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mother's Day (1980, Charles Kaufman)

Mother's Day is a well loved low budget cult horror film frequently lumped into the slasher genre.  More of a backwoods, nutty horror film than a slasher, whatever you call it it's still an influential film and one of the first of its kind.  Unsurprisingly there is also a remake on the horizon which is being directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2-4) and starring Rebecca De Mornay.  Impressive (or is it?) for a little underground horror film.

Mother's Day is the story of three women who went to college together and vow to get together for a secret getaway once every year, no matter what.  This year, one of the gals picks to go camping in the middle of nowhere.  Unfortunately though, there is a house right near their campsite where two demented brothers and their psychotic mother live.  The boys try to "impress" their mother by kidnapping the girls.

Mother's Day is a fun horror film that balances humor and sadism surprisingly well.  The performances of the murderous family are done with so much energy and realism that you actually buy into the over the top silliness.  The story is actually well thought out with more focus on creepiness than just random slashing.  The angle with the old college roommates who have their own personal problems being thrown into this terrifying situation is original and refreshing. 

RATING: 7/10

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