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Mother's Day
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05.11.2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Darren Lynn Bousman

Actors:
Rebecca DeMornay
Jaime King
Shawn Ashmore

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young couple and their friends are celebrating a birthday in their new house when the previous owners return—a gang of murderous bank robbers and their insane mother.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
MOTHER’S DAY has sat on the shelf for a couple years, but don’t let that deter you as to its quality. Darren Bousman’s remake of the 1980 horror film is a tense and effective flick.

It’s a pretty simple setup and execution. Bad guys invade the house and take everyone hostage; good guys have to fight back for their survival. There’s definitely more layers to it, but what works about MOTHER’S DAY is what it does with its basic story archetype. Horror fans can rest easy knowing there are a handful of kills and other gory moments, but the film operates more in the realm of psychological horror. The characters are defined enough for the situation (though there are a couple “token” people, and not just strictly in terms of race) and everyone plays accordingly. There's plenty of mind games, relationships are put to the test and people have to choose what they’re willing to do for survival. The film is at its best when it's examining how easily people, let alone friends, can lose their humanity when put in a dire situation. It's not untreaded territory by any stretch, but it works when done right.

The murderous family is a bit clichéd, but they're anchored by the great Rebecca DeMornay, who brings some of that HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE crazy to her role as Mother. DeMornay can play sweet, sadistic and certifiable all at the same time, which is fun to watch. (I think I actually laughed out loud when I realized she was baking a cake during a brutal home invasion.) On the victim side is Jaime Pressly, Iceman Shawn Ashmore and Frank Grillo, who tore it up in THE GREY earlier this year. Their vulnerable sides are mostly on display while they're under duress, but each actor gets their moment to shine against the insanity of their captors.

Some of the characters' behavior can occasionally be questionable and the film delves in to “stupid horror movie” territory by the end, but overall I found MOTHER'S DAY to be pretty solid. You just might want to find out the history of your residence before watching it.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by director Darren Bousman and actor Shawn Ashmore: This sounds like a fairly recent track since Bousman references the long wait until its release. Both gentlemen have a good rapport and have plenty to say about the filming, which makes for easy listening. One annoying thing though is Bousman references a lot of deleted scenes…which are nowhere to be found on this disc.

A DVD Copy is also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I haven’t seen the original MOTHER'S DAY, so I don’t know how it compares (though I hear it's drastically different), but the 2010 version works pretty well for what it is, especially Rebecca DeMornay as the titular mom. Fans of horror or Bousman should check it out.

Extra Tidbit: Jaime King broke her tailbone on her third day of filming. Ouch.
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