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Mother's Day (1980)

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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"I'm so proud of my boys -- they never forget their mama." See more »


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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The teacher in the slideshow during the opening credits is Charles Kaufman himself. See more »


The TV that Abbey drops on Ike's head is obviously empty, with no working parts in it. See more »


Addley: [using a Ouija board] B-O-T-E... Boat! I got it, ma! Ouija says they're on a boat!
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Alternate Versions

There are three uncut DVDs (Laserparadise, Astro, CMV) in Germanny and three uncut Videos (Astro,JPV,GMT). See more »


Referenced in Video Violence (1987) 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)
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Definitely a classic
21 October 2003 | by one4now4See all my reviews

"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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