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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Hendrickson ...
Abbey
Deborah Luce ...
Jackie
Tiana Pierce ...
Trina
Frederick Coffin ...
Ike (as Holden McGuire)
Michael McCleery ...
Addley (as Billy Ray McQuade)
Beatrice Pons ...
Mother (as Rose Ross)
Robert Collins ...
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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I'm so proud of my boys. They never forget their momma. See more »

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80's flick might not make your day
1 November 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is another one of these horrors, where 3, 4 girls go out vacationing in the woods, oblivious to the terror and horror they'll encounter. The film opens with an interesting scene. This hillbilly old gran, who's the best actor in the film, is just graduating with her fellow members at one of these positive power of the mind seminars. A hippie couple with bad intentions hitch a ride with her, and we know it can get awful lonely in the woods. Thank god she's got her two backward sons to look after her. Her car purposely breaks down in the woods. She goes out to check the front. The female hippie in the backseat, leans over the front to turn the ignition. Already ready to turn the ignition, she declines, switching the radio on instead. The boyfriend mouths his disapproval. What follows is a great machete head chopping scene as the male buys it. Yes, her boys are there to save the day, one you might recognize as the much older cop in ROADKILL. They then proceed to rape the girl. A great tagline at the end of the this, with the old hicky, saying with delight "Boys, you have made your mother, very pro-uuud", before it's red dripping title takes up the black screen. We are then introduced to the 3 future victims, through sideshow slides of earlier fun jaunts and frolicking times. I like this method used. One girl, the mother hen of this threesome who call themselves the rat pack, where holidaying once a year is tradition, is giving a lavish party, a close up of one guy stoned, I liked too. The next girl, Jackie, is a sucker type, who's boyfriend, in the arts, is sponging off of her. And the third girl, ironically enough is a abused ear of her sick mother's constant nagging and yelling. So moving on, avoiding warnings from country folk, they head on to their chosen destination. While sitting around the campfire, tales are told, memories are recalled, one a killer, through flashback of our younger Jackie taking revenge on her jock boyfriend, getting him naked in middle of a football stadium. Then the bright lights come on, and a booming voice, some classic dialogue attached, comes over a speaker, and our stud, takes off like a bat out of hell, in the buff of course. From here, unpleasantries follow, where the girls are kidnapped by these repulsive freaks and taken back to their old hicky mothers, a face sketched in classic evil just like her other son, not the ROADKILL actor. Even though this isn't a good movie, with any other actress in this part, this movie would flop. Mother's Day has disturbing moments but some sad ones as well, the sad music fits those scenes like a tee. This is another flick I watched with my Dad in back in 84, the same day we saw Children Of The Corn. The movie is effective, but it's trashy. But remember it's Troma, this one being nearly the best one, and it's not saying much. These retard sons, live like pigs, their demented mother accepting of this, including a girls ripe head in a bird cage. Their breakfast routine consists of cheese sauce from a tube, and they have a great wake me up voice on their alarm clock. I thought the scene where one of the sons, performs a little private show for her mother, with him walking the dog, the dog incidentally is Jackie, chain and lead attached, was boring and stupid. That's what doesn't work about this film, there's too many stupid and pointless moments, as if this is just to fill in it's 91 minutes. But there are some surprising moments too. The violence is nasty, but not excessive, and it's final with the surviving hick woman, springing down on the surviving two, from over a bush, in a couple of short zooms towards us, is just so ridiculous, it's instantly forgettable. What I did like is one of the avenging friends, snapping in an intense moment (the one with the nagging mother) is smothering the old hick with a pillow, I think, draws comparisons to her real mother, repeating the same line. Mother's Day is strictly for horror and Troma fans I guess, but it's trashy, and I mean in a tasteless way.


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