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Mother’s Day


Directed by: Charles Kaufman

Produced by: Michael Herz, Charles Kaufman, Lloyd Kaufman

Written by: Charles Kaufman, Warren Leight

Starring: Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce, Rose Ross

Music by: Phil Gallo, Clem Vicari, Jr.

Cinematography: Joseph Mangine

Editing by: Daniel Loewenthal

Studio: Mach Studios, Inc.

Distributed by: Troma Entertainment, United Film Distribution Company

Release date: September 12, 1980

Running time: 91 minutes

Country: United States

Language: English

Budget: $115,000

The plot begins with the long-time friendship of three women, Abbey (Nancy Hendrickson), Jackie (Deborah Luce), and Trina (Tiana Pierce), who reunite every year to take a camping trip. Once while setting their vacation up in the woods, they find their trip turns into a worst nightmare when they are captured by a group of two partially insane punk/“hillbilly“ hybrids: Ike (Holdem McGuire) and Addley (Billy Ray McQuade). The punks lead a comfortable life, living along with their mentally abnormal mother (Rose Ross) in an occult hovel situated amidst the wood. All through the movie, their mother goads her sons into acts of rape, violence, and murder. Eventually one of the women is severely brutalized by Ike and Addley, and the remaining two escape before the first dies from her sustained injuries. They soon regroup, arm themselves, and set out for bloody revenge against Ike, Addley, and Mother.

Due to its scenes of violence and rape, Mother’s Day is often considered an exploitation film. Although not particularly successful at the time of the release, it was released on DVD in 2000 by Troma Entertainment and has garnered a cult following among horror/exploitation fans.

In the UK, the film was rejected by the BBFC in 1980, banning it from distribution. The film was shown several times on the Horror Channel between 2006-08, evidently with no cuts. It has still not received a DVD release in the UK, however, making its status there somewhat ambiguous.

A remake of Mother’s Day has been completed. The new version is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and produced by Brett Ratner. The remake was released at Fantastic Fest in September 2010 and in the United Kingdom in June 2011.

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