08 May 2011

Happy Mother's Day - with MOTHER'S DAY (2010)

(reinterpretation of "Mother's Day", 1980)

German Title:
Mother's Day - Mutter ist wieder da

USA, 2010
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman


Despite the same title and a few similar plot elements, this has (fortunately) nearly nothing to do with the silly 1980 backwoods slasher of the same name. In fact, it's an excellent and ultra-violent home-invasion horror-thriller and IMO Darren Lynn Bousman's best film since "Saw 2".

From beginning to end, it's highly tense and extremely gripping. Due to a well-written/well-paced script, it's 'entertaining' throughout the whole runtime without ever getting boring.
The acting is largely great; Jaime King, Patrick John Flueger, Frank Grillo and Deborah Ann Woll all deliver very believable performances - though Rebecca De Mornay outshines them all! Her powerful performance as deeply disturbed psycho-mum is simply breathtaking!

Furthermore, it's full of scenes that are brilliantly gory (lots of heads and faces shot off, stabbings, death by boiling water, death by acid powder...), scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat (the burning hair, the "Saw"-like scene with the 2 girls forced to kill each other...) and even a few scenes that are slightly disturbing (f.e. when mother wants her son to get cherry-popped).

A surprisingly awesome must-see-film that restores my hope in Bousman's future projects.


  1. I want to see this badly ever since reading about it a couple years ago. It was supposed to go theatrical here, and if it did, it had to have been very limited.

    I'm a huge fan of the original, so I'm anxious to see how it stacks up, if at all. Your review definitely acts as a nice appetizer till I can get a hold of a DVD.

  2. Ah, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was better than Saw 2, 3 and 4 put together. Rebecca De Mornay just blew me away with her disturbingly-brilliant performance as Mother!

  3. @Venom:
    here in Austria it's available on DVD since April.

    Not a huge fan of the original. I mean, it's not bad but I definitely didn't enjoy it as much as you did.

    I'm sure you like it, especially when you're a fan of home-invasion flicks or the "I Spit On Your Grave" remake.

    Yeah, De Mornay was incredibly outstanding - what a performance!!

    I love Saw 2 but I'm not a fan of 3 & 4. Bousman's episode of the "Fear Itself" series was also pretty mediocre - that's why I didn't had much hope for Mother's Day.


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