MOTHER’S DAY Review [Fantastic Fest 2010]

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Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, 2010
Written by Scott Milam

Since the first thing that’s on any fan’s mind when it comes to a remake is how said film stacks up with the original, let’s just cut to the chase: I have no idea how Darren Lynn Bousman’s remake of MOTHER’S DAY compares to Troma’s original.  I’ve never seen it and, to be honest, I had no idea what the movie was about.  Given the title and my tiny knowledge that the original was from the ’80s, I assumed it was just another holiday-themed slasher.  And for all I still know, the original could be that or it could be a documentary about Hallmark.  Point is, I had no idea what to expect from Bousman’s latest, which is no doubt why I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Turns out MOTHER’S DAY isn’t a holiday-themed slasher, it’s a fairly twisted home invasion story about three criminal brothers who take refuge at their mother’s house after some manner of heist goes wrong.  One of them is bleeding badly from a brutal gutshot (seriously, the make-up effects on it are pretty damned gnarly once you see the thing), but the other two can’t exactly give his wound the attention it deserves because they’re too busy wondering why the inside of their mother’s house looks completely different from how it did a few months ago.  The new owners also happen to be too busy partying in the basement with their fellow suburbanites to notice their living room is now a fugitive triage center.

Of course eventually someone has to go upstairs, and thus begins one hell of a Yom Kippur.

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