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Mother's Day (1980)

Two brothers kidnap and brutalize three women for the pleasure of their demented mother.

Director:

Charles Kaufman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Hendrickson ... Abbey
Deborah Luce ... Jackie
Tiana Pierce ... Trina
Frederick Coffin ... Ike (as Holden McGuire)
Michael McCleery ... Addley (as Billy Ray McQuade)
Beatrice Pons ... Mother (as Rose Ross)
Robert Collins ... Ernie
Peter Fox ... The 'Dobber' (as Karl Sandys)
Luisa Marsella Luisa Marsella ... Terry (as Marsella Davidson)
Kevin Lowe ... Ted
Scott Lucas ... Storekeeper
Ed Battle Ed Battle ... Doorman
Robert Carnegie ... Tex
Silas Davis Silas Davis
Stanley Kaufman Stanley Kaufman ... Older man at Pool Party
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Storyline

When you go into the woods today, you're in for a big surprise. When you go into the woods today you're not going to believe your eyes. But it ain't no "teddy bear picnic". Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her son commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim wits and their Maniac Mommy and the question becomes, can any of them escape, alive? Written by Zedd

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"I'm so proud of my boys -- they never forget their mama." See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Charles Kaufman, in the director's commentary, said that a very ironic thing happened during filming: an actress who played one of the victims and one of the actors who played a son hit it off and starting dating when not filming - even though his character terrorizes and brutalizes her. Concerned that neither would be able to project the sense of terror needed, Kaufman asked them to postpone their relationship until after the film wrapped. They complied. See more »

Goofs

Before returning to the house to take revenge, Abbey puts a striped headband on. In the next scene, however, she is shown packing her backpack without wearing the headband. Even worse, seconds later she suddenly sports a green headband without stripes. See more »

Quotes

Storekeeper: You'll get what you deserve in them Deep Barons, you lez-beans! You won't be causin' no one no trouble no more!
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Alternate Versions

Fourteen minutes of the film were cut in Germany in order to keep the film from receiving an X-rating. An uncut German version was later released in Austria 1997. See more »

Connections

Featured in Trailer Trauma Part 4: Television Trauma (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I Think We're Alone Now
Sung by Tommy James & Tommy James & The Shondells
Written by Bo Gentry (uncredited) and Ritchie Cordell (uncredited)
Arranged by Jimmy Wisner (uncredited)
courtesy of Roulette Records
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Above average 80's exploitation.
30 October 2000 | by godmonsterSee all my reviews

One of hundreds of grade-b exploitation shockers cranked out during this period; falls under the sub-category of rape and revenge films after Last House on the Left. This one has better acting and character development, but it's the addition of the crazy Mom character to the typical depraved psycho routine that makes this movie creepy and disturbing. The two brothers are scary slapstick rapists; "Can she spend the night with us tonight, Mom?" Next morning Mom asks "Where's your friend?" The boys tell her "She don't feel so good..." and they all laugh like it's Leave it to Beaver! ("they raped her to death..." my date said when we watched it in the theater back in the 80's.) This movie is also pretty funny, which really helps give you the chills. Probably only of interest to fans of this particular sub-genre. About the Troma release; I understand this movie was edited when it was first released, this version contains all the scenes. The pan and scan job is not very good, I'm surprised they did not release the film in a letter-box edition. Nothing in the movie however is as offensive as the opening promotional spots for Troma. I wanted to give them credit for attitude but I felt sorry for every one involved.


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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother's Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Blairstown, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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