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19 September 1980 (USA) See more »
If you go down to the woods today. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jaime King To Star In Mother's Day
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  (in credits order)
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

Peter Fox ... The 'Dobber' (as Karl Sandys)
Marsella Davidson ... Terry
Kevin Lowe ... Ted
Scott Lucas ... Storekeeper
Ed Battle ... Doorman
Robert Carnegie ... Tex
Silas Davis
Stanley Kaufman ... Older man at Pool Party
John Radom
Louie Cogie
Sondra Fortunato
Sheldon Relde
Marshall Auerbach
Timmy Leight
John Castellano
Suzy Fried
Steve Sturm
Leilani Gorre
Joe Stanton
John Fanelli
Josh Smilowitz
Vince Piccalo
Doreen Richardson
Bill Smith
Gwen Van Highland
Lawrence Mayer
Joel Greenberg
Sture Sjöstedt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Knapp ... Charlie
Bob Fassbender ... (voice) (uncredited)
Scott Gordon ... (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Kaufman ... Cocaine addict (uncredited)
Floyd Vivino ... (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Kaufman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Kaufman 
Warren Leight 

Produced by
Alexander Beck .... executive producer
Michael Herz .... associate producer
Charles Kaufman .... producer
Lloyd Kaufman .... associate producer
Michael Kravitz .... producer
Original Music by
Phil Gallo 
Clem Vicari Jr. 
Cinematography by
Joseph Mangine 
Film Editing by
Daniel Loewenthal 
Production Design by
Susan Kaufman 
Art Direction by
Sandy Hamilton 
Costume Design by
Ellen Lutter 
Makeup Department
Josie Caruso .... special makeup effects
Rob E. Holland .... special makeup effects
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Proser .... first assistant director
Barry Shapiro .... additional assistant director
Art Department
Rex Piano .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
Scott Leva .... stunt coordinator
Scott Leva .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Bolesta .... key grip
Stuart Deutsch .... best boy
Phil Devonshire .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Richard W. Haines .... assistant editor
Other crew
Meta Carter .... script supervisor
Ray Sundlin .... production executive

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90 min | Australia:98 min | Germany:76 min (cut version)
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Sound Mix:
Australia:(Banned) (1985 re-rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Finland:K-18 | Germany:Not Rated (uncut) | Netherlands:16 | Portugal:M/18 | UK:R | UK:18 (TV rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:(Banned) | West Germany:18 (cut version)
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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 »
Continuity: Trina's gag changes positions as she watches through the window. Additionally, the stuffing in her mouth disappears altogether.See more »
Male of older couple at EGO:Thank you for sharing this experience with me. You're beautiful and I love you
Female of older couple at EGO:I love you
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
80's flick might not make your day, 1 November 2012
Author: PeterMitchell-506-564364 from Australia

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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