It is very funny when you are a horror movie fan and watching what others write when it comes to remakes of very popular horror movies. People get upset, hate mail is written to the directors of the new film. It is ridiculous how people will act when word of a remake is happening. I actually enjoy hearing the news about a new remake because it will always bring something new into the mix. I enjoyed the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hills Have Eyes and many more. Once word broke out that a remake of Mother’s Day was in production, I new that anything would be better than the original 1980 horror film. Not only was it better than the original, but it even went higher then my expectations predicted. Mother’s Day is a nail biting suspense thriller like no other.
Synopsis: After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers, on the run from the law, head for home, hoping their Mother can provide them with a getaway. The youngest brother, Johnny, has been shot and their back-stabbing former partner has gotten away with all the cash. But when the brothers get home, they find that all their stuff is gone and Mother is nowhere to be found. She lost the house months ago in a foreclosure. The new owners, Beth and Daniel Sohapi and their guests, gathered for an ill-timed birthday party, become the brothers’ unwitting hostages. Not long after, Mother arrives, along with the boys’ sister Lydia, and it soon becomes clear that Mother will do absolutely anything to protect her children. In one terrifying evening, she brilliantly takes control of the situation and masterminds her sons’ escape from the law. Sides will be taken, secrets revealed, and sins punished as the hostages struggle to survive.
Rebecca De Mornay (Hand That Rocks The Cradle, The Shining) gives a power house performance as Mother. Jamie King, Shawn Ashmore and the rest of the cast are so believable that you feel like you are in that house with them, facing the evil that is confronting them.
Darren Lynn Bousman has given us some fantastic films such as a few of the Saw sequels, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devils Carnival and his upcoming film The Barrens. Mother’s Day is by far his best film to date. He took the original cult classic and gave it a nice twist without turning it into its own francise. Clearly there are some great references to the original film such as certain death scenes with Drano, the reference to Queeny, and even down to the names of her sons, which are exactly the same as the original. I also enjoyed that a daughter was added to the mix as well.
I really love when people are not killed right away in movies. Especially when we have a large group of people. Bousman allowed us to get to know his characters and allowed us to figure out what ones we liked and disliked. Personally, I enjoy and liked all the characters, except for Mother and her children, who I despised from the very beginning. Bousman does not skimp out on the nasty stuff either. There is plenty of cringe, blood and gore in this film to please any horror fan, but it is used very tastefully and not to over the top for someone who is grossed out by the gory stuff. I do not understand how films like The Devil Inside, The Rite, The Roommate get green lit and released in theaters yet this film is a hundred times better than those films combined, yet it was barely noticed by anyone. Mother’s Day will find a home with many fans though. I just hope they find out about it because this film is a real treat.
Even though the ending could of have been better, Mother’s Day is a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails and have you thinking what will happen next. Highly recommend.
3 and a half out of 4 stars