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Mother's Day (1980)

Two brothers kidnap and brutalize three women for the pleasure of their demented mother.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Hendrickson ...
Deborah Luce ...
Tiana Pierce ...
Frederick Coffin ...
Ike (as Holden McGuire)
Addley (as Billy Ray McQuade)
Mother (as Rose Ross)
The 'Dobber' (as Karl Sandys)
Marsella Davidson ...
Kevin Lowe ...
Scott Lucas ...
Ed Battle ...
Robert Carnegie ...
Silas Davis
Stanley Kaufman ...
Older man at Pool Party


When you go into the woods today, you're in for a big surprise. When you go into the woods today you're not going to believe your eyes. But it ain't no "teddy bear picnic". Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her son commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim wits and their Maniac Mommy and the question becomes, can any of them escape, alive? Written by Zedd

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Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dia das Mães Macabro  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Much like the scene at the seminar, the guests at Trina's party were crew members. This was done because of a money issue. See more »


At the beginning, when the couple are attacked in Mother's car, there is blood on the woman's clothes before the guy is attacked. See more »


Older man at Pool Party: There are three rules in the film business - Distribution, distribution, distribution.
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Referenced in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) See more »


I Think We're Alone Now
Sung by Tommy James & The Shondells
Written by Bo Gentry (uncredited) and Ritchie Cordell (uncredited)
Arranged by Jimmy Wisner (uncredited)
courtesy of Roulette Records
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"I'm a sick woman"!!!
10 June 2005 | by (Laguna Hills, CA) – See all my reviews

Wow! Words can hardly express how much I love this movie! This is a true 80's horror classic, with a little bit of camp thrown in for fun! I can't say enough about this under seen little gem! For it's time and genre, the gore and killings are just fantastic. I really dig the script as well. I won't say much about the plot, as it is described in other reviews. I will say that in my opinion, the acting is absolutely fantastic(contrary to other reviews).

The three actresses (Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce)that star in this movie seem to have a great chemistry amongst themselves. Their laughing and playing comes off smoothly and they are quite convincing as old college pals. Their scenes together flow naturally throughout the film and do not come off as contrived in the slightest bit.

The brothers Ike (Holden McGuire) and Addley (Michael McCleery) are SUPERB in their roles!! They truly give off the creepiest vibe with such ease that it's hard to tell that they are acting. Lastly, Rose Ross is fantastic in her role as Momma. She can be sweet, demanding, scary, demented, and creepy without batting an eyelash. People have criticized this film for years but it is a film that really entertains the serious horror fan. I have been watching these movies for 25 years and this is definitely one in my top 5! Mother's Day achieves what it sets out to do!! It scares its audience first, and then successfully makes you care about its characters before terrifying you all over again!! Do you root for killers, do you root for the victims, or do you root for Queeenie?? ;-) Hell .. I root for them ALL every time I watch it!! I am thrilled that Troma released this on DVD! Good job guys!

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