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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 ... See full summary »

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Nancy Hendrickson ...
Abbey
Deborah Luce ...
Jackie
Tiana Pierce ...
Trina
Frederick Coffin ...
Ike (as Holden McGuire)
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Addley (as Billy Ray McQuade)
Beatrice Pons ...
Mother (as Rose Ross)
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Ernie
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The 'Dobber' (as Karl Sandys)
Marsella Davidson ...
Kevin Lowe ...
Ted
Scott Lucas ...
Storekeeper
Ed Battle ...
Doorman
Robert Carnegie ...
Tex
Silas Davis
Stanley Kaufman ...
Older man at Pool Party
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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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19 September 1980 (USA)  »

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Dia das Mães Macabro  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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In the director's commentary, Charles Kaufman said that while shooting a scene Billy Ray McQuade (Addley) was so hung-over from drinking the night before that he threw up on Rose Ross (Mother). Naturally, shooting the scene had to be postponed. See more »

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The blonde girl is lowered out of the window in a sleeping bag by her friend, yet comes back upstairs straight after to free her friend, and does not even have to unlock the door. If the door was unlocked, she could have just walked out rather than going out of the window. See more »

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Storekeeper: You'll get what you deserve in them Deep Barons, you lez-beans! You won't be causin' no one no trouble no more!
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Early 80's cultural satire wrapped in a gory exploitative shell
26 February 2000 | by (pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I like this movie. When I was a teenager and I first saw it I loved it. Of course then I was enthralled with gore fests. This movie is definitely gory but when I was 13 the satirical vibe was somewhat lost on me. You see Mother moves her two "mama's boys" to the woods. Where she can take what is good from the city and leave the rest behind. What is "good" are all the things you see on TV from Fonzie to breakfest cereals. The house they live in is a marvel of production values. Two thirds of the budget alone had to have gone into decorating the house. It certainly didn't go into the Special effects. Such as the shoddy moment of blood spattering before decapitation occurs. As early 80's slice and dice goes this far outshines the typical camper in peril scenerio. We are introduced to the three main (victims) characters and we even get meaningful flashbacks in their lives. This makes it a little harder to take when they are brutalized. All in all Mother's Day ain't Life is Beautiful but why would you be that aisle of the video store unless you wanted to see some inbred choke on Drano.


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