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
The teacher in the slideshow during the opening credits is Charles Kaufman himself. See more »
The girls escape their room early in the day, but when Ike and Addley are interrupted to go rescue their mother from Queenie, it's almost night, as evident by the low light. Then, it shows the girls escaping into the woods and it's earlier in the day again, as there's much more light. See more »
Jackie, everywhere you turned in life you got shit. Well now we'll do the fighting back for you.
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Although currently listed as 'Banned' in Australia, the complete and uncut version of the film was classified with an 'R' rating in 1983. Roadshow Home Video released the film that same year. Copies of it still sit on video shelves across the country. The film is relatively easy to find. See more »
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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