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Mother's Day (1980)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 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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If you go down to the woods today. See more »


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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Box Office

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Fourteen minutes of the film were cut in Germany in order to keep the film from an X-rating. See more »

Goofs

The Dobber's socks when he strips on the baseball field. See more »

Quotes

Mother: Ike, you better bolt that door good tonight.
Ike: Ma, there's nobody out there...
Mother: Now you just do what I say! Queenie's out there, I just know it.
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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 Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) 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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30 December 1999 | by Drac-7See all my reviews

This film is certainly not for everybody, but it is actually so refreshing to see a movie that is done in this way. It is exploitation at it's finest. It is comedy at it's most tragic! A simple plot mixed with darn good acting, and impressive makeup effects...you really can't go wrong.

In my opinion, while still in the same vein as Last House on the Left and I Spit on your Grave, it is not as good. Spit being the best of the 3, but each of them has something to offer.

If you're not sure you can watch it, let me give you this scene as an example...one deranged man rapes a woman while his brother takes Kodak Polaroids, and their mother instructs them and leads them on...sound bad, yeah, but take it for what it is. Silly, odd disturbing nonsense. But it was more a "mood" movie, based around the characters and settings vs. the horror of rape and disturbing shots. This kind of horror sound like your thing? Then you're in luck, it's worth it.


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