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Awesome: 12.5%
Worth A Look40.63%
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Mother's Day (1980)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"More than just a slasher flick?"
4 stars

'Mother's Day' is one of the true oddities out there an early-'80s slasher film that seems to have more on its mind than just a body count.

In this notorious horror-comedy, a trio of young women camp out in some godforsaken New Jersey backwoods, where they are terrorized, beaten, and captured by loutish brothers Ike (Holden McGuire) and Addley (Billy Ray McQuade), who act under the gleeful supervision of their insane mother (Rose Ross). The brothers are named after Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, who were among the first to use TV to gain votes, and Ike and Addley are in fact influenced by TV in everything they do.

So, is Mother's Day sick, anti-female exploitation or social satire in disguise? It's probably a little of both. As a slasher film, it plays pretty strenuously by the rules and holds up as a crudely effective example of the city-folks-vs.-rural-psychos subgenre. But it also makes the persuasive case that, contrary to the moronic media-watchdog arguments (which, ironically, were also levelled at this movie), real-life violence owes more to deficient upbringing, economic oppression, and toxic genes than to the media.

Most critics, by then tired of having to sit through two slasher movies a month, refused to give the film the benefit of the doubt and called it sick and twisted. It is but there's a method to its sickness.

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originally posted: 05/13/07 11:01:35
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User Comments

10/01/17 Mark Louis Baumgart Absolute garbage! Unfunny, unscary, and uninteresting. 1 stars
2/13/17 morris campbell another sleazy rape and torture movie AWFUL 1 stars
11/09/11 matthew david thompson Both funny and unsettling...Troma has done it again! 4 stars
10/31/09 art THIS AND I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE ARE DRIVE-IN CLASSIC"S! 4 stars
7/06/09 art A VERY SCARY MOVIE! 3 stars
1/03/08 David Weinstein This is one of my all time favorites - it holds up just as well now as it did then. 2007. 5 stars
11/01/06 bobby Most memorable line? "You ain't goin' nowhere now bitch!" 4 stars
1/07/05 Casi Hart This movie is funny, suspensful, gory and weird all at the same time. Fun to watch. 4 stars
9/18/04 Lord Durvok 2 This movie defines the word "Underrated." 4 stars
4/09/04 American Slasher Goddess Downright horrible. 1 stars
10/23/03 Charles Tatum Laughably bad 1 stars
8/29/03 DARREN TASTELESS MATERIAL MADE FUN-WITH A DELICIOUS REVENGE SEQUENCE 4 stars
7/07/03 Chainsaw Slasher don't like rape? well thats too bad. people are raped everyday and this film documents it. 5 stars
4/11/03 Jack Sommersby A few decent moments, but it fails to sustain a mood or elicit a real scare. 2 stars
1/04/03 Ike Sorenson Kicks ass! I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Totally warped! 5 stars
10/24/02 Rich Sadistic humor at it's rapefully best!! GET DA KODAK!! 5 stars
8/23/02 john deasin Nice hump scene. 4 stars
6/24/02 Curtis Jr This one ain't worth the energy to sit through. A dumb sick piece of shit!!!! 1 stars
2/16/02 Priscilla I actually thought the movie was ok, it wasn't the worst film I've seen 3 stars
5/18/00 Creeper This film sucked. Repulsive. Not really worth the time it takes to write this. 1 stars
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  19-Sep-1980 (NR)
  DVD: 31-Oct-2000

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