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.

Last Week in Horror News: May 3rd to May 10th

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Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Studio News and Attachments

  • THE APPARITION – Dark Castle films slates up another, this time the ambiguously titled haunted house’r.
  • DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK – Katie Homles is headlining the Guillermo del Toro produced creature feature?
  • JEKYLL – Keanu Reeves is now taking on the roles to be written by REVOLUTIONARY ROAD scriptor Justin Haythe?


  • H2 – Michael Myers is not a Necromancer.  Michael Myers is not a Necromancer.  Michael Myers is not a Necromancer.
  • MOTHER’S DAY – Three production shingles, including Brett Ratner’s, are planning a franchise, the first of which will be directed by Darren Bousman.
  • CHILDREN OF THE CORN – Is that Officer Dualla with hair growing out of her eyes?

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • DEAD LOSS – Chris Gorak, who made the admirable RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR (review), is directing DEAD LOSS which is basically “DEADLIEST CATCH” with a horror twist.
  • David Slade is Diplomatic – And also a liar.
  • MANDY LANE – Senator has once again shelved ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (review)from its July 17th release date.  The region free Blu-ray is down to $15.
  • [REC] – A US DVD finally comes out on July 14th.

Non-Theatrical Trailers

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