Movie Capsule Review: Mother’s Day (2010)
From the man who gave us “Saw II” thru “IV” and “Repo! The Genetic Opera”: Darren Lynn Bousman’s kinda-sorta remake of the 1980 “Mother’s Day” (the parallels between the two end with them both containing super sadistic mothers) has finally arrived on DVD and Blu in the U.S. courtesy of Anchor Bay. It was completed in 2010. God knows what its been doing dilly-dallying since then.
And just in time for the Hallmark holiday the movie owes its name to boot!
Released practically everywhere else on the planet prior, I saw the film a few months back courtesy of a Region 2 DVD I imported from jolly old England. Incidentally, I paid a whole lot more to have that DVD shipped over here than I did when I picked up the Region 1 disc at Wal-Mart today. I tend to double dip on movies a lot… Much to my poor bank account’s chagrin.
Upon re-watching: yup, this has got to be one of the most taut and creeptastic (thanks to Rebecca DeMornay in the titular “Mother” role) thrillers of late.
Unfortunately this movie suffers from what I like to call “Last-Second-Middle-Finger-Flip-to-the-Audience” syndrome. You know what I’m talking about. When a filmmaker adds one last unnecessary and unwelcome twist believing it makes them super clever… but in reality only succeeds in pissing off the audience. I was hoping the production company would realize they blundered but bad and snip that infuriating segment out before it’s debut here but alas, it is still very much intact.
Regardless, “Mother’s Day” is definitely one of the best in the home-invasion flick subgenre I’ve crossed paths with. Horror afficiandos should definitely give it a whirl.
Here, have a trailer: