Mother's Day (2010)



Mother's Day (2010)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore, Warren Kole, Patrick Flueger, Lyriq Bent, Deborah Ann Woll, Frank Grillo, Matt O'Leary

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman


Being a huge fan of Charles Kaufman's classic film Mother's Day, the prospect of a remake had me a little on the worried side. Simply put, the flick is so lovably "out there" that trying to duplicate its special brand of insanity could just never work. Director Darren Lynn Bousman realized this as well, and as a result his re-imagining of the 1980 shocker is an altogether different beast, but rest assured its fangs are still razor sharp!

Daniel and Beth (Grillo and King) are a bit of a struggling Kansas couple in the midst of hanging with their friends in the basement of their new home, celebrating Daniel's birthday and biding their time as a strong tornado heads dangerously their way. The house came into their lives thanks to Beth, a real estate agent, who landed her family the new digs via foreclosure. Little does our group know a different kind of violent storm is about to reach them first.

Mother's Day Review (click for larger image)The home's original owners, the Koffin family, comprised of Ike (Flueger), Addley (Kole), Johnny (O'Leary), their sister Lydia (Woll), and of course their mother (De Mornay), are a brood on the run who, through a series of unforeseen circumstances, end up at their old homestead where they now are set to face off against the new owners and their buddies.

That's the set-up in a nutshell, but there are plenty more intricacies to the film's plot. In the interest of not spoiling the ride, we'll stay on the quiet side pertaining to them.

That being said ... this is in no way the Mother's Day we've come to know and love. Bousman has carefully crafted this new telling in a way that is completely different than its source material, but he still does more than enough to satisfy its fans as he obviously is one himself. Throughout the movie you'll notice quite a few moments and even dozens of lines that both pay homage to and revere the original film. All these subtly placed nods in this new contemporary setting are never distracting and really reward eagle-eyed (and eared) fans of Kaufman's version in a very similar manner as Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead did for Romero's masterpiece.

Fans looking for the wonderfully sick things that filled out the runtime of the original Mother's Day will be pleased to hear that Bousman's version takes all of the madness, chaos, and violence of the first film and sets it loose here in a more realistic manner that's bound to create quite a few wince-inducing moments for the audience. It's also reminiscent of films from the Seventies like Roger Corman's Bloody Mama that pulled no punches and were actually geared toward adults. A refreshing change of pace from the watered-down fare that passes for psychological horror nowadays.

Mother's Day Review (click for larger image)While the high level of violence and the respect paid to the source material serve to sell the movie, this version also brings a lot more to the table. The beauty of the film is that through various character arcs and plot points things aren't as black and white as you'd expect. By the time the film reaches its conclusion, Bousman and writer Scott Milam manage to intelligently create quite a few shades of grey that will garner some true sympathy for their devils while leaving it up to viewers to ultimately decide who exactly said devils are.

Flueger, Kole, and Woll are on top of their game as the Koffin family, exhibiting as much depth as they do depravity, and our victims also turn in rock solid performances, but I'd be remiss if I didn't give a special nod to both Rebecca De Mornay and Jaime King. Throughout the movie these two develop their relationship to the point where they become your quintessential adversaries. De Mornay is white hot while onscreen and owns every second she gets in the spotlight, and as the film goes along, King brings some serious heat of her own. Best of all, nobody does anything stupid, and that goes a long way toward keeping you invested in the movie's proceedings.

Mother's Day easily takes its place amongst the few successful remakes out there that manage to entertain while treating the audience with respect. Intense and at times shockingly violent, Mama's boys have once again made their mother very proud.

4 out of 5

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James Coker's picture

hey Descent 2 was allright, to me it had it's moments and creepy's review was almost spot on, i would have gave it 2.5 knives


Submitted by James Coker on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 5:15pm.
Floydian Trip's picture

I would have given it 0 honestly and they would have been exacto knives. There is absolutely no reason in the universe that I would have felt generous and given it any higher. The sequel to one of the best, if not THE best, horror film of the last 10 years should be given absolutely no slack whatsoever. Neil hadn't even bothered to watch it last I knew and the ONLY involvement he had in it was directing the stuff on the video camera of the women because he had gone to the studio to see them all again and said fuck it why not but even that stuff was completely wrong as if they didn't expect anyone to remember how things happened in the first one but I doubt Neil gave much of a shit. As far as he was concerned he wrapped everything up in the first film because even he felt that they all died end of story. It gets me too upset to bother using sentences.


Submitted by Floydian Trip on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 5:30pm.
doubleh55's picture

I'll only see this if Darren doesn't Bouseman it up with unnecessary choppy editing like he does with all of his previous movies. I'd like to see this be a straight forward piece of scary and not anything lame like New Year's Day.


Submitted by doubleh55 on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 1:24pm.
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Steve Barton's picture

The editor of The Mist worked on this film. There are barely any jumpcuts at all that I remember.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 2:00pm.
doubleh55's picture

Thanks Creepy.


Submitted by doubleh55 on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 12:45am.
tedge1979's picture

I hear Uncle Lloyd shot a cameo for it. Did he make the final cut, Creepy?


Submitted by tedge1979 on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 3:42pm.
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He did. In all his glory! LOL


Submitted by Steve Barton on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 9:14pm.
Terminal's picture

I've yet to actually see the original. I'll see the original before watching this.
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Submitted by Terminal on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 12:24pm.
Tshoffie's picture

Im on the Fence on this one it sounds like its a Remake in name only which to me why not make an original..i think ill stick with the otiginal on this one


Submitted by Tshoffie on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 12:20pm.
nonserviam03's picture

Yeah, I'm officially now interested in this movie.


Submitted by nonserviam03 on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 12:00pm.
FireRam's picture

"While the high level of violence and the respect paid to the source material serve to sell the movie, this version also brings a lot more to the table. The beauty of the film is that through various character arcs and plot points things aren't as black and white as you'd expect. By the time the film reaches its conclusion, Bousman and writer Scott Milam manage to intelligently create quite a few shades of grey that will garner some true sympathy for their devils while leaving it up to viewers to ultimately decide who exactly said devils are. "

SEE,THAT PARAGRAPH SOLD ME RIGHT THERE. I enjoy when I can experience that in a film. I am a true fan of revenge flicks,and the anti-hero,so I might like this. 4 of 5 is a huge surprise!! Must be better than I thought....I plan now on seeing this earlier than originally planned (which was,eh,whenever) and look forward to it!!


Submitted by FireRam on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 11:25am.
Floydian Trip's picture

Yeah, he gave The Descent Part 2 a 3.5.


Submitted by Floydian Trip on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 1:34pm.
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Steve Barton's picture

Have you seen The Descent Part 2 yet? Still waiting on your opinion.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 2:00pm.
Floydian Trip's picture

Hah, yeah I watched it when it came out and left a comment on your review. I was even more dumbfounded by your review after I had seen it then I was before.


Submitted by Floydian Trip on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 4:54pm.
Vanvance1's picture

Never mind The Descent 2; The New Daughter got way too many bloody knives.

As for this one, I'll see it but I'll wait for the blu ray.


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 2:27pm.
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Steve Barton's picture

Reviews are guidelines and opinions, not gospel.


Submitted by Steve Barton on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 2:38pm.
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Debi Moore's picture

I'm a big fan of the anti-hero as well, which is why I'd rate this flick exactly the same as Creepy. Plus, De Mornay really is stunning as Mother. Her acting chops have definitely increased along with her age. Flueger and King really hold their own, too, especially Flueger. I'm not sure where he came from, but man, does the camera love him!


Submitted by Debi Moore on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 4:39pm.
FireRam's picture

Well, that added to my anticipation. I'm going to see this soon. I was working on the AD Horrorfest IV (I'm three in.Liked only one so far) but I might take a break and catch this real quick. Next is Lake Mungo....it has had a few good reviews (as far as the 8 to die for goes).

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Submitted by FireRam on Tue, 05/25/2010 - 4:53pm.

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