Mother’s Day (1980)
Cast: Tiana Pierce, Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Frederick Coffin, Beatrice Pons (as Rose Ross).
Director: Charles Kaufman
Nutshell: Splattery, demented misogynistic, gleeful splatter fare. Good, violent 80’s splatter indie shocker
“a clever and unjustly maligned splatter movie” – Splatter Movies
“macabre humour mixed with bloody, excruciatingly painful attacks on women… hair raising climax… will have you cheering” – Creature Features
“just about the final word in the horror-misogyny genre” – Maltin’s
“sick horror revenge item” – Blockbuster Video
Mother’s Day is another grim cheapie churned out by some indie studio during the height of the early 80’s horror wave. ought to satisfy most genre fans due to its balance of humour, gore and occasional tension.
It is a little along the lines of a Deliverance or Straw Dogs but with an ultra low budget, horror oriented treatment. Three girlfriends leave the big city for their annual reunion and camping trip to talk about the good old days. This time it’s going to be a very different sort of trip where the fun game is to stay alive.
The acting is about normal for the low end of the genre – adequate at very best. “Mother” provides some good old campy fun along the way probably makes history as the screens first Psycho granny. One death scene in particular is memorable with splendid and novel use of drain opening fluid to murderous effect! The gore effects are occasionally laughable like near the opening when a man about to be slashed in the neck develops a fatal cut before the knife actually makes contact with him.
A twisted pseudo feminist horror film which would end up having feminists even more outraged at their depiction in such films, but then nothing pleases this particular ilk anyway. Political correctness aside it’s a gem of a cheapie – good for a laugh and gruesome and nasty enough to make you avert your eyes from time to time. One to watch once a year every time “Mother’s Day” rolls up, as we suggest watching “My Bloody Valentine” every Valentine’s Day.