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Mother's Day (1980)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller | 19 September 1980 (USA)
Two brothers kidnap and brutalize three women for the pleasure of their demented mother.

Director:

Charles Kaufman
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dia das Mães Macabro See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The house used in the film was an actual house in the woods of Newton, New Jersey. No one had lived there for 15 years prior to filming. The previous owner of the home was murdered there. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film when the couple are in mother's car the man is obviously a dummy. See more »

Quotes

Jackie: If you're free for the weekend, there's a lot going on. This is New York!
Doorman: Free for the weekend? I'll never be free as long as I'm a black man in America!
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Mother's Day 2010 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Early 80's cultural satire wrapped in a gory exploitative shell
26 February 2000 | by marleymom-2See all my reviews

I like this movie. When I was a teenager and I first saw it I loved it. Of course then I was enthralled with gore fests. This movie is definitely gory but when I was 13 the satirical vibe was somewhat lost on me. You see Mother moves her two "mama's boys" to the woods. Where she can take what is good from the city and leave the rest behind. What is "good" are all the things you see on TV from Fonzie to breakfest cereals. The house they live in is a marvel of production values. Two thirds of the budget alone had to have gone into decorating the house. It certainly didn't go into the Special effects. Such as the shoddy moment of blood spattering before decapitation occurs. As early 80's slice and dice goes this far outshines the typical camper in peril scenerio. We are introduced to the three main (victims) characters and we even get meaningful flashbacks in their lives. This makes it a little harder to take when they are brutalized. All in all Mother's Day ain't Life is Beautiful but why would you be that aisle of the video store unless you wanted to see some inbred choke on Drano.


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