Mother's Day (1980)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  19 September 1980 (USA)
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Three female friends on a camping trip are kidnapped by a pair of brothers, who take the women back to their home and brutalize them, all 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)
Beatrice Pons ...
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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If you go down to the woods today. See more »


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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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Charles Kaufman, in the director's commentary, said that a very ironic thing happened during filming: an actress who played one of the victims and one of the actors who played a son hit it off and starting dating when not filming - even though his character terrorizes and brutalizes her. Concerned that neither would be able to project the sense of terror needed, Kaufman asked them to postpone their relationship until after the film wrapped. They complied. See more »


The Dobber's socks when he strips on the baseball field. See more »


Addley: It's a beautiful day, you see? You see? You're all alone in the park, sittin' on a park bench, and you're readin' somethin' real good.
Ike: Yeah, like a muscle magazine.
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Referenced in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See 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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