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From the maker of Saw II, III and IV, Mother's Day is a graphic remake of the Troma horror classic, Mother's Day. After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers go home to hideout...only to discover ... read more read more...that their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) lost their house in a foreclosure. The new owners and their party guests become the depraved brothers' unwitting hostages. Their sadistic Mother soon arrives and brilliantly takes control of the situation, ratcheting up the terror. As the hostages struggle desperately to survive the harrowing torture, they realize that there is nothing a Mother won't do to protect her children. -- (C) Anchor Bay

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R, 1 hr. 48 min.

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

Release Date: May 4, 2012

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DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012

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  • May 7, 2013
    Full of the typical "why didn't they do this?", and "I would have done that's!". BUT, all in all it was rather well done, and definitely rarely a dull moment. Rebecca De Mornay does creepy pretty well. I have to say..the ending was not expected, and well thought out. This, to me,... read more means a lot. Movies like this usually get ruined for me with lame, or stupid, endings. Good job...
  • February 20, 2013
    This is a really good horror film, just when you think everything has been written this movie comes along.
    Beth and Daniel Sohapi are celebrating in their recently bought house with their friends.

    Beth and Daniel have lost their son in an accident, and Daniel has a secret affair... read more. Thieves and brothers Izaak 'Ike' Koffin, Addley Koffin and Jonathan 'Johnny' Koffin are fleeing to the house of their mother in Stonewall after a heist of the First Omaha Bank.

    Johnny is seriously wounded by a shot and the gang has been double-crossed by their partner who took the stolen money.

    When the criminals arrive at home, they discover that their mother lost the house two months ago and now Beth and Daniel are the owners of the place.

    They violently dominate the nine adults and George, who is a doctor, is summoned to help Johnny. Ike calls his mother and sister to join them in the house.

    The deranged mother calms down the friends and tells them that they will leave the house early in the morning, after the tornado that is threatening the city.

    However, when she learns that Ike has been sending money for her for two months, she decides to know who has received the letters and kept the money, in the beginning of a night of horror and sadism for Beth, Daniel and their friends....

    Another remake of a film I have never heard of, is an exciting premise, but it's one of the most disturbing and sinister films of the year.

    One cannot deny the power of DeMornays portrayal of the mother, and she ranks up there with one of the screens most psychotic villains.

    never flinching in the violence, she remains calm throughout the majority of the film, and for a while, I really thought things would go okay, when she arrived at the house, but they just go more extreme.

    To say that the film is violent is an understatement, but coming from the director of some of the Saw films, I was expecting a little gore, just not acts that made me feel dirty, and a little helpless.

    For instance, one of the brothers makes two random girls kill each other so the other can live, but just shooting the other anyway, stuff like this isn't really needed, and although I never really criticise a film because of violence, this was not needed.

    The hostages are not very nice people, but some of the things that they endure makes you sympathise with them. If a man is having an affair, you instantly dislike him, but when the same person is watching a woman burn pictures of his dead child, you cannot help but side with him.

    The story and narration are great and performances are good too, it's just some of the content leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth and kind of ruins the overall product.

    And then there's the ending.....
    4 Stars 2-14-13
  • July 9, 2012
    Has an interesting and entertaining premise for a horror/thriller, but it gets a little drowned out in the excessive violence and plot twists that make it impossible to sympathize with any character by the end of the film. I enjoyed it immensely, but it left a sour taste in my mo... read moreuth that still hasn't gone away. There's alot of over-acting in this film, but some decent performances are still there. If you like your thrillers with lots of gore and violence and don't need to latch onto any character, this will be a treat for you. Otherwise, proceed with a little caution.
  • July 7, 2012
    "How befitting that Rebecca De Mornay was selected to play the very disturbed "Mother". She plays these psychotic roles so good it's frightening. Now for the rest of the film, it is quite twisted. The devotion these four kids have for their Mother is on the lines of sick. There i... read mores plenty of violence in this film. So if you're on the squeamish side, you may want to skip this. The movie was much better then what I was anticipating it to be. Some of the acting was mediocre, but Shawn Ashmore, Briana Avigan, and Patrick Flueger are the ones that stood out the most for me. The film has a lot of craziness going on. But I really enjoyed the screwed up story-line. It was great seeing a nice bloody thriller that didn't fail miserably."
  • May 4, 2012
    The Hand That Messed Up Many Cradles!

    Very good horror thriller! This movie's plot is a bit like Funny Games and the suspense models after The Strangers, but it does its thing originally. If you go in expecting a lot, that's what you will come out with. If you go in expecting no... read morething, you will also get a lot. The performances in this movie are top notch especially Rebecca De Mornay who plays the sadistic mother showing the audience a kind and sadistic side of her character and the great lengths that she'd go to protect her family.

    In Stonewall, the couple Beth and Daniel Sohapi are celebrating in their recently bought house with their friends Gina and Treshawn 'Trey' Jackson; Melissa McGuire and George Barnum; Annette Langston and Dave Lowe; and Daniel's partner Julie Ross. Beth and Daniel have lost their son in an accident, and Daniel has a secret affair with Julie. Meanwhile, the thieves and brothers Izaak 'Ike' Koffin, Addley Koffin and Jonathan 'Johnny' Koffin are fleeing to the house of their mother in Stonewall after a heist of the First Omaha Bank. Johnny is seriously wounded by a shot and the gang has been double-crossed by their partner Ethan Poe that robbed the stolen money. When the criminals arrive at home, they discover that their mother Natalie Koffin and their sister Lydia Koffin lost their house two months ago and now Beth and Daniel are the owners of the place. They violently dominate the nine adults and George, who is a doctor, is summoned to help Johnny. Ike calls his mother and sister to join them in the house. The deranged mother calms down the friends and tells them that they will leave the house early in the morning, after the tornado that is threatening the city. However, when she learns that Ike has been sending money for her for two months, she decides to know who has received the letters and kept the money, in the beginning of a night of horror and sadism for Beth, Daniel and their friends.
  • May 28, 2011
    Another RINO (Remake In Name Only) but what makes it a rarity is that in it's own right is a damn fine film. There's some carryovers from the original but this truly stands on its own merits. Lots of drama, lots of violence, some surprising twists and some great performances from... read more the cast, De Mornay being the stand out. A worthwhile reimagining that is a little too long but highly thrilling none the less.
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    April 5, 2012
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    Really bad film, very blunt opening I know but when this film ended I thought wow, what a let down. Throughout the whole film the audience craved one ending, a happy one seen as the whole film is about civilians held hostage and tortured, some even murdered by a psychotic family ... read moreled by their mother with unspeakable style to parenting and morals. The audience wanted the antagonists to be brutally punished after the unspeakable torture they dish out but instead SPOILER ALERT nearly all the characters are killed, most injured mentally and physically and most of the antagonists live on including the main one which everyone wanted to be killed off- the mother. The psycho family then steal the baby of the main character who was secretly pregnant and was the cause of the murders of her friends subliminally SPOILERS OVER. It seems every saw director wants their film to end suddenly with some stupid twist mainly bad guys who nobody likes win, main protagonist loses in the worst way, eg Insidious, The Collector. Overall big potential, the way we wanted it to go down would be predictable but would make the film good and the twists were unforeseen but very unnecessary and added to that hint of for gods sake you couldn't resist could you? moments.
  • April 6, 2012
    Could have been a lot better if their characters aren't stupid. The great fresh slasher techniques are there. It's smart, it's sick, yet it's hard to feel empathy for the protagonists if you know they deserve it.
  • June 11, 2011
    Sporadically interesting but ultimately deadening, shrill, misogynistic, overlong and unnecessarily sadistic, Mother's Day has a couple of interesting things going for it - namely Rebecca De Mornay's eye-rolling performance and some early promise in the initial setup. In t... read morehe end though, the film is clearly the work of Darren Lynn Bousman, who helmed Saw II through IV, and here attempts to overlay a Saw blueprint clumsily onto what could otherwise have been an efficient thriller. The scene where one of the family members forces two young girls to decide which will live, and another where "Mother" forces two men to fight over which of their 'women' will have the honour of deflowering her virgin son, are just two examples that have the no-brain 'logic' of the late Saw films. Aside from De Mornay, the only other performances of any interest are Shawn Ashmore (one of the few cast members who are able to believably attempt to fight back), and Deborah Ann Woll who has a nice line in vulnerability. A wraparound twist seems designed to bed in the possibility of a sequel (what a shocker) but one hour in the film has already played most of its cards and there's simply nowhere else to go, hence increasingly silly splatter, bickering and unsympathetic characters (which applies to both the victims and the criminals), and nonsensical twists.
  • October 28, 2013
    Brutal home invasion horror. When three brother's burst into what they think is their home after running from a bank robbery they just committed they don't realise that they actually lost the house a few months ago and a new family are living there, in the house at that moment, a... read morelong with some other friends. Obviously there's only way this situation is going to go and it involves violence. But when the brothers mother arrives, at first it seems to calm things down. But it quickly becomes apparent that the boys mother is as mental as them, just more manipulative, calculated and clever and things are actually looking worse for the family and friends than they did before. Mother's Day is an enjoyable horror film with some intense moments, gore and a few twists and turns to. A chilling performance from Rebecca De Mornay as the mother also gives the film a lift above the usual shit.

Critic Reviews


Jeannette Catsoulis
May 3, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Stuffed with secrets and characters who can't wait to betray one another, the film offers no one to root for except Mother, whose perverted family values at least remain consistent. Full Review

Robert Abele
May 3, 2012
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

The ready crackle of [De Mornay's] studiously demonic performance brings welcome distraction from this otherwise crude litany of torture and wretched death. Full Review

Christy Lemire
May 2, 2012
Christy Lemire, Associated Press

Notable for a chilling lead performance from Rebecca De Mornay and not much else. Full Review

Nick Pinkerton
May 1, 2012
Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

Mother's Day is distinguished, at least, by De Mornay's porcelain-smile lampoon of castigating matriarchy. Full Review

Charles Gant
June 11, 2011
Charles Gant, Variety

Undistinguished apart from Rebecca De Mornay's performance as an unhinged mama. Full Review

Trevor Johnston
June 8, 2011
Trevor Johnston, Time Out

Excruciatingly misguided. Full Review

David Nusair
April 7, 2013
David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

A rather underwhelming remake... Full Review

Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk

Mother's Day is just as forgettable as whatever day Mother's Day actually is. Full Review

William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012
William Bibbiani, CraveOnline

Gets too distracted by the by-the-numbers story to go explore any of the ideas it actually raises. Full Review

Jeffrey M. Anderson
July 6, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

As written by Scott Milam, the characters are a bunch of half-wits. Full Review

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Facts


    • Johnny Koffin: Ahhhh-ly olly oxen free, ya stupid bitch!
    • Mother: You see, rules are what make order out of chaos.
    • Beth Sohapi: You left the door unlocked?

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  • "One day some of the kids from the neighbourhood carried my mothers groceries all the way home! U know why? It was out of respect!"  Answer »
  • Alred Hitchcock had to stand at the foot of his mother's bed, and tell her what happened to him each day.  Answer »
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