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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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Definitely a classic See more (99 total) »


  (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)

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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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Did You Know?

Prior to filming, a dead body was found in the house used in the film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Abbey:Outside the United States they don't have marshmallows.
Jackie:Then it's like the only really American food. Wow!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Horror Business (2005) (V)See more »
I think we're alone nowSee more »


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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Definitely a classic, 21 October 2003
Author: one4now4 from Ft. Worth, TX, USA

"Mother's Day" is great. It works as a horror film, as an exploitation film, and as a satire. It's definitely one of those movies that doesn't seem to have the ability or care to decide on whether it's feminist or misogynistic, but it is a sleazy horror movie and that's where the fanbase for this cult favorite lies. Still, I'm part of this film's following, and that means I like sleazy horror movies that are done right. So many lump things together in these black-and-white perspectives. If it's a sleazy horror movie, it seems that nothing good can be said about it unless it's an overrated bandwagon movie like "TCM". In this, we do have killer rednecks, but that doesn't make it a rip-off of "TCM". These people seem to have more in common with the guys from "Deliverance" than the guys in "TCM", and that's just one of the many differences. As many people have already said, this is about some pretty women camping in the wrong woods before getting abducted by some psychos who are following the orders of their wacked-out mother. The two brothers are amoral rapists/killers who know only what their demented mom and TV have taught them. The mother is possessive and domineering, making sure that she manipulates her already screwed-up kids into never leaving her side. They live in a run-down house in the woods, where the mother teaches them the ways of a "respectable life", which, in her twisted mind, is rape, torture, and murder. This is a deceptive movie because there is some important social commentary going on here, no matter how gory and sleazy the excesses that eclipse such commentaries are. TV serves as these people's window to the world. There is almost always a TV heard going in the background of an environment where a madwoman has been sheltering her children, who have been raised by her to her sick specifications. I was expecting to see plenty of reviews with people calling this a "TCM" rip-off/piece of trash, etc., etc., and my expectations were rightful ones. But what a sorry state things are in when people judge a movie by how little a budget could possibly be afforded by the filmmakers, the name of the production company on the box, or the very basic similarities it has to inferior and less thought-out moneymakers like "TCM". Even as derivative as movies like "House of 1,000 Corpses" are, that movie itself even had more brains than the original "TCM". I hate to burst a lot of people's bubbles, but Tobe Hooper's big, little movie was not the first movie (or even the first horror movie) about killer rednecks. Also, it has been said that "TCM 2" ripped off ideas from "Mother's Day"! "Mother's Day" has more going for it than any of the "Texas Chainsaw" movies I've seen. It may be trashy, but it's well-done trash. The acting is excellent, and it amazes me how many people will trash on good actors when the movie doesn't have a great reputation. I may sound pretty agitated, but that would be fitting because this kind of small-mindedness does agitate me. I understand that everyone should have their own tastes, but if you're going to trash on a movie's reputation, you might as well do it for the right reasons. I would give this no less than a 9 out of a scale of 1 to 10.

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