Two brothers kidnap and brutalize three women for the pleasure of their demented mother.


Charles Kaufman
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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
Peter Fox ... The 'Dobber' (as Karl Sandys)
Luisa Marsella Luisa Marsella ... Terry (as Marsella Davidson)
Kevin Lowe ... Ted
Scott Lucas ... Storekeeper
Ed Battle Ed Battle ... Doorman
Robert Carnegie ... Tex
Silas Davis Silas Davis
Stanley Kaufman 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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Shares a lot of the same filming locations as Friday the 13th (1980) and its first sequel. See more »


When Jackie picks up her purse before she leaves her apartment, the purse is seen still sitting on the end table in the next shot. Then continues from over her shoulder to the table as Jackie and Ted exchange parting words. 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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Alternate Versions

Around eleven seconds of the film were cut in West Germany in order to secure a "Not under 18" rating for its theatrical release. This version was also released on VHS and DVD. There is also a "Not under 16" version which misses approx. 13 minutes. See more »


I Think We're Alone Now
Sung by Tommy James & Tommy James & The Shondells
Written by Bo Gentry (uncredited) and Ritchie Cordell (uncredited)
Arranged by Jimmy Wisner (uncredited)
courtesy of Roulette Records
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Very well done for its kind
7 October 2000 | by mord39See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: *** out of ****

Let's get something straight: This movie is offensive. It features an old mom urging her two misfit sons to brutally rape, torture, abuse, and murder young women for her entertainment. BUT IT'S BRILLIANT, AND WELL DONE FOR ITS TYPE.

With a shlocky piece of exploitation like this, we rarely if ever get a story and character development in the mix. The story of a group of young women planning a weekend getaway for their reunion celebration first provides us with background history detailing their personalities and personal problems. We get to know these girls...and once they get "caught" by the family of crazies, we share their dilemma.

I might also say that the surprise beginning really grabbed me (I first saw the movie in a theatre in 1980 and had no clue what was going to happen), and the ending is also pretty good.

As gruesome as these killers are in the film, you almost feel for them too. You sense that the imbecile sons are victims of their overbearring mother, and have had no proper upbringing to keep them from being such animals. Even mother is pathetic in a pitiful way.

MOTHER'S DAY will probably never be respected, and it is not for everybody. But I respect it and feel it stands out far in front of zillions of other exploitation/slasher knock-off's.

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Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA) See more »

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Mother's Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Blairstown, New Jersey, USA See more »


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$150,000 (estimated)
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