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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
"Look at me, if someone's lying there will be consequences. I guarantee it." After three teens commit a crime they run to their mother's house for safety. When they get there they find out that the home was foreclosed on and there are now new people living there. The mother (De Mornay) shows up and begins to take control to get her and her boys out safe. I have to say that going in I was expecting a pretty lame B movie. This was much better then I thought. Very tense and pretty scary in the fact that this movie could actually happen. Imagine having a party with your friends when a group of criminals with guns show up thinking it's their house. What would you do. This movie is made for me by the fact that Rebecca De Mornay is playing a similar character that she played in "Hand That Rocks The Cradle". She has the same level of "normal-creepiness" that is makes her seem at once normal and insane. To me that is creepy. This is a good watch. Overall, if the woman from "Hand That Rocks The Cradle" grew up this is the type of person and movie it would become. I give it a B.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2012
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I loved this movie, it is way more violent (intense torture scenes) than I thought it would be, but that is a good thing. It is also full of little twist and turns, secrets, betrayals, and revenge. The story starts quickly and holds your attention and you will love the irony of the ending. The best part of the movie is the decisions that the victims are forced to make to survive, you will be asking yourself if you could or would make the same decisions. Just sit back and enjoy.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2011
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Many of you eagerly awaiting to see this remake need hold on just a bit longer. Many are probably asking themselves "It's finished...so why the hold-up (no pun intended...)". All I can think of, seriously, is that the producers and directors can't find a way to release it theatrically in the USA without it receiving an NC-17. Within 5 minutes of it's beginning it gets very violent and doesn't let up. Not really a horror movie as it is a crime drama/thriller, it really packs a punch to your gut and never lets up. It's almost non-stop action and very brutal. To avoid this problem though of always having to wait for films to appear stateside, I suggest investing in a region free DVD player (that cost as little as $65.00 U.S. Funds if purchased on-line) and you can watch any DVD that rears it's ugly digital-celluloid head much sooner, (if ever), than their USA counterparts...you will NEVER be sorry. Back to Mother's Day, as for an official US release, I don't know, thats a tough call. It's not a follow-up to the original other than a couple of nods in that the "boys" have the same names (Adley)...and one of them mentions that he hates Disco, etc. All I can say in closing is that if you wait your just taking you're chances that you'll see a domestic release or as time goes on you'll just forget about it. It is a good one so I would make the effort to get it ASAP. You'll be happy you did...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Being a fan of the original Troma version of this remake I didn't know how they could possibly re edit this keeping it somewhat true to the original yet bringing it up to date.
They managed to keep the story somewhat in tact such as keeping the main characters names the same they even mentioned Queenie a few times.
This time around they added a daughter played by the beautiful Deborah Ann Woll who also plays Jessica on True Blood' Her character is confused and timid and more emotionally vulnerable than her brothers Ike Addley and Johnny.They added some Family drama and treachery to the victims as well which played perfectly into the plot of this story.

Rebecca DeMornay was amazing as Mother and spoke a few lines that were a direct homage to The Hand That Rocks The Cradle such as 'You cant take care of your child ,you can't even keep your man'.The acting was good overall and it was a non stop bloody thrill ride.

It wasn't a splatterfest like I had heard but it is certainly violent and there are some very graphic scenes and a couple of splatters.
There was one death scene in particular that stayed very true to the original. I'm speaking of the drain cleaner and television set...I have no clue why this wasn't in theaters because I can envision people in the audience rooting for the hero or heroine or heroes or heroines to do to Mother what The Herione did to DeMornay's Character, Peyton Flanders in The hand That Rocks The Cradle.It's the best movie of this type I have seen in quite awhile.
I bought the Blu ray and am watching it again today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
Format: DVD
"Mother's Day" is a movie I would love to have watched in certain NYC theaters where the patrons loudly shout their support for the good guys and scream curses at the villians.
In this totally enjoyable suspenser, you're given a gallery of some of the meanest villians to be seen on the screen in years--led by the deliciously evil Rebecca De Mornay.
We watch and cringe as this version of Ma Barker and her family torture a group of "goodies" with such obvious enjoyment that your cringes turn into gasps.
There are no heroes in this fun entertainment directed by Daron Lynn Bousman. The captured men and women do everything wrong. They're given chances to escape but fail to do so. We never know who will be killed or tortured next.
You sit on the edge of your seat awaiting the next burst of unexpected violence and it comes out of nowhere.
"Mother" is an especially fascinating portrait of evil since the actress appears to be a well-groomed matron or executive from Wall Street. With her perfectly coiffed hair, pearls, business attire, her wickedness shocks.
She can merely nod at one of her psycho sons in the direction of one of the good people who've displeased her, and we watch the poor woman have her hair set on fire--or watch in horror as an innocent man is scalded with boiling water.
This movie has first-rate production values, camerawork, editing, and great stunt work from a small army of hearty souls.
I kept seeing Rebecca De Mornay as Margaret White--the whacko mother of Carrie White in the horror classic, CARRIE.
In this movie, our mother is as slinky and deadly as a Queen Cobra.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
This is your typical home abduction movie with a few twists. It is an example of home schooling gone bad. There is a birthday party going on which includes only beautiful young typical movie couples. As they party in the basement during a tornado watch, three bank robbers enter the house thinking they live there. To their surprise, they don't. In keeping with the times, Mom lost the home in a foreclosure.

The threesome includes a badly injured Jonathan 'Johnny' Koffin (Matt O'Leary) who needs immediate medical attention. Rebecca De Mornay arrives shortly as a "Ma Barker" type but with cool, style, and a Hillary hair-do. She leads her other two boys (Patrick John Flueger and Warren Kole)and daughter (Deborah Ann Woll) to treat the humiliated captives in the proper way and to expose their secrets. One of the secrets is what happened to the money the boys were sending home? George (Shawn Ashmore) is working on pitting the the family against itself.

Rebecca De Mornay is the thinking man's David Hess. The methodical manner in which she conducts herself elevates her to home break-in cult status. On the home abduction scale, this film had better than average acting, writing, dialouge, and directing. They could have gone with a more modern sound track. 5 star home abduction genre film for twisted minds.

Blood, torture, f-bombs, sexual situation, no nudity (Briana Evigan bra / panties strip)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: Amazon Instant Video
This is your typical home abduction movie with a few twists. It is an example of home schooling gone bad. There is a birthday party going on which includes only beautiful young typical movie couples. As they party in the basement during a tornado watch, three bank robbers enter the house thinking they live there. To their surprise, they don't. In keeping with the times, Mom lost the home in a foreclosure.

The threesome includes a badly injured Jonathan 'Johnny' Koffin (Matt O'Leary) who needs immediate medical attention. Rebecca De Mornay arrives shortly as a "Ma Barker" type but with cool, style, and a Hillary hair-do. She leads her other two boys (Patrick John Flueger and Warren Kole)and daughter (Deborah Ann Woll) to treat the humiliated captives in the proper way and to expose their secrets. One of the secrets is what happened to the money the boys were sending home? George (Shawn Ashmore) is working on pitting the the family against itself.

Rebecca De Mornay is the thinking man's David Hess. The methodical manner in which she conducts herself elevates her to home break-in cult status. On the home abduction scale, this film had better than average acting, writing, dialouge, and directing. They could have gone with a more modern sound track. 5 star home abduction genre film for twisted minds.

Blood, torture, f-bombs, sexual situation, no nudity (Briana Evigan bra / panties strip)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
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I have to give this a 3 because:
Cons:
1.) I hate movies that are set up for a sequel.
2.) Some play given to secrets between lovers and friends and the psychological damage - but not enough to be considered a psychological thriller, and its hard to keep that in mind with the constant action.
3.) Drifts into dark comedy then slams you back into gore.
4.) I was not at all surprised by the ending - very Jasonesque.
Pros:
1.) Rebecca DeMorney is great - loved the typical 'Mom' lines with the sadistic twist.
2.) Jaime King was also very good.
3.) Innovative use of hand tools.
4.) The black guy didn't die first.

So, maybe a 2.5 would have been more accurate. It's certainly action packed, though I didn't anything particularly startling with so-called plot twists. If you like gore, the gore is quite well done even with the usual dim or back lighting.

It did leave me with a lingering question - Who in their right mind has that much saran wrap on hand?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2012
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I'm a horror obsesso. I love anything from Fulci/Argento flicks, to 80's slashers and bizarre euro cult trash, as well as newer horror films like Inside, the FIRST Saw and the FIRST Hostel. I liked the original Mother's Day alright, though as far as classic slashers go, it was marginally low on the list. Still, I wanted to see this because Rebecca De Mornay played Mother and it was directed by Darren Bousman - a fine director who has shown his merits on films like Repo The Genetic Opera.

Guess What? This film delivers it all. Action, horror, drama, suspense, gore, torture, plot twists - all of the highest pedigree. This film is a good example of when remakes work. The original was very violent and crazy in that 80's way, but it was not suspensful and was predictable (by 1983 the formula was well established). The new version of Mother's Day is very well written. Mother, Ike, & Addley are all present, along with two younger new siblings (one of whom you will recognize from a certain sultry show), as well as nods to Queenie a few times. :)

I will say, I thought I had seen it all (and I pretty much have), but its nice to occasionally have a film that has all the right elements come together. By the end of this movie, I was on the edge of my seat and thats what a well crafted horror film should do.

Recommended for all horror fans. I will never think of a pool ball the same way again...
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on April 15, 2015
Format: DVD
Genre: Home Invasion/Survival/Remake
Film Grade: A+
Review:

Originally when I caught Mother’s Day on cable some night many years ago, I had missed the first few minutes while my crummy frozen pizza was finishing up. Ideally, if you really want to get a strong hold onto Mother’s Day (2010), I highly suggest you skip the first scene in the movie. [A feminine-shaped shadow stealing a newborn from a hospital.] Not watching the first five minutes of this movie will build up to such an intense thrill that is bound to send tingles up your spine and anxiety for the survival of the extremely likeable cast whom you are consistently rooting for.

In the faux-beginning of the film, we are shown a housewarming party for Daniel and Beth Sohapi (Frank Grillo & Jaime King). It’s pretty clear that it’s a birthday party, but in a perfect world, this is a housewarming party. Anyway, the party attendees are married couple Treshawn and Gina Jackson (Lyriq Bent & Kandyse McClure), funny guy Dave Lowe (Tony Nappo) and his charming fiancée Annette Langston (Briana Evigan), single mother Melissa (Jessie Rusu) and her doctor boyfriend, George Barnum (Shawn Ashmore) and finally Julie Ross (Lisa Marcos) who honestly has absolutely no place to be at this party since she is not-so-low-key sleeping with married Daniel. The group talk amongst themselves playfully and socially drink, Annette does a seductive dance and Julie creeps in a corner trying awaiting to get some peen in her. With a tornado and massive storm on the way, Daniel assures his friends that the basement, where they are currently partying, is basically a bomb shelter. George, Melissa, and the Jackson couple plan on leaving shortly to return home after having birthday cake.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the storm, three brothers depart a bank heist empty handed with one near fatally wounded. The Koffin brothers: Ike, Addley, and Johnny (Patrick Flueger, Warren Cole, & Matt O’Leary) are fleeing throughout rural Nebraska as teenager Johnny begins to bleed out. With nowhere else left to turn, Ike demands they go to their mother’s home. From context clues from Addley and Johnny, we can gather that they all, individually for whatever reason, haven’t spoken to their mother in quite some time.

The Koffin brothers barge into their mother’s old home, which is now the Sohapi home. Beth and Daniel hear rummaging upstairs and go to investigate, only to be ambushed by the brothers. Beth at one point even makes a daring escape from her home and screams to her (new) neighbors but she is immediately pulled back in. Addley seriously wants to murder Daniel and Beth and leave immediately. Ike almost agrees, until Beth convinces him that a doctor is in the basement and can help his dying brother, in exchange for their lives. Beth invites George upstairs and with absolute remorse and fear apologizes to him as he’s captured immediately by the criminal brothers. While Beth tries for another escape; Julie comes upstairs being nosey about where her closet lover is, and starts off a horrifying music video to Gloria Gaynor’s “Let Me Know”. The upbeat song plays in the background as Julie runs downstairs terrified and Addley gives her chase with a gun. Julie’s face is injured as she tries to escape through a cellar door. Addley has everyone on the hardwood floor of the beautiful, finished basement. He’s angered at how the new home is decorated; modern and sleek. One is given the thought that he considers the Sohapi’s wealthy compared to his low-brow, criminal lifestyle. Addley steals everyone’s belongings, including Dave’s toupee after nearly sexually assaulting Annette.

Ike has gotten ahold of his Mother (Rebecca De Morray) via sister Lydia (Deborah Ann Woll) and finally all of the Koffin family are united at their old home. While Lydia couldn’t be happier to see her brothers, Mother is upset at the lack of contact, her son’s actions, and their empty bank accounts. Ike briefly speaks with his mother and mentions money he’s been sending to the current Sohapi address, “about a grand”. This pisses off mother, so much to ignore her temporarily dying son. She is aggressive only when speaking to Ike, while she babies the rest of her children and the party guests.

Mother questions Daniel and Beth over the missing money. Both plea they have no idea what she is talking about. She believes only Daniel to be lying and has Addley and Ike break his fingers with a billiard ball. Afterwards, Mother Koffin continues to rob the party guests and snatches their debit cards and PIN numbers. She takes everything from the guests except for Gina’s wedding ring, which has extended generations. Mother is oddly sympathetic towards the women while being ignorant to the men. Melissa tries to escape and gets so far as the front door, only to be shot in the face by Addley. Mother sends Ike and Beth to ditch Melissa’s body and hit up a nearby ATM. Once they depart, Mother Koffin tells George that if Johnny dies; everyone in the basement will be murdered.

While Beth and Ike are out; Mother reminisces around her old home and notices all of her possessions are tossed. Still acting strangely maternal, Mother invites Annette upstairs and while complimenting her, scolds her on a lifestyle and assumes she isn’t close with her parents due to her “wild child” appearance and aura. Annette is informed to play by the rules and know her role if she wishes to survive. A police officer (Mike O’Brien) comes to the door, warning of the storm and the criminal brothers. The officer is suspicious of Daniel, who answers the door nervously while a gun points at his side. Daniel insists everything is fine; in order to keep himself and his friends alive. When Daniel returns to the basement, his friends are furious he did not mention anything to the police. Mother rages that Daniel is just too good of a liar and forces Lydia to check all throughout the house to find their mailed cash. Lydia discovers a love letter, from Julie to Daniel. The letter further drives Mother mad as she continues to believe Daniel is nothing but a liar. Meanwhile, George is still tending to Johnny upstairs while trying to convince a wavering Lydia to turn the tables on her family. She listens intently and openly disagrees with some of her families acts, but doesn’t take her gun off of George’s head.

Intertwined is the short story of Ike and Beth. Beth bickers back and forth with Ike as if they are a cruel, abusive couple. While at the ATM, Ike forces two young girls (AJ Cook & Alexa Vega) to kill each other. He shows Beth that he is in total control and murdering one another is human nature. He’s upset with the lack of money, in fear, Beth contacts Treshawn back at her home: she needs to take money from his cash laundromat. He gives her the combination to his safe and apart of Beth’s slick plan, tells her where a gun is hiding in his office. Inside Treshawn’s business, Beth has a great escape plan, aside from you know, killing Ike, but ultimately fails. The pair heads back to the Sohapi home, encountering the same police officer Daniel had spoken with earlier. Ike kills the police officer and flips the SUV over that they have been driving. Again, Beth almost escapes but is caught by Ike who just won’t quit.

Mother Koffin learns of the tragic car accident that killed Daniel and Beth’s only son. She blames Daniel for the loss and forces Dave and Treshawn to fight to the death over whose woman will take Johnny’s virginity. The group tries to give up Julie, however, Mother deems her not worthy. Dave is beaten to a pulp by Treshawn and Annette is forced by Mother to striptease a dying Johnny and eventually perform fellatio. Annette is being assaulted upstairs, while the basement group argue with one another over Julie and Daniel’s affair and Gina’s false friendship with Dave and Annette. Addley runs downstairs with Annette and assaults her in front of her friends and brutally beaten fiancée. Dave measly charges at Addley, only to be shot in the face. During their scuffle, Gina escapes from the cellar door in a moment of opportunity. Mother demands Daniel go fetch her unless Beth will be murdered instantly. Daniel meets up with Gina and captures her just as their own attackers; bringing her back inside to the home invasion.

This is where you realize that Mother Koffin is truly off her rocker; she demands Addley tie up all the basement guests, pour boiling hot water into Treshawn’s eyes, burn any touchable memory of the deceased Sohapi son, and also burn half of Julie’s head. Mother is so happy to have found her petty money and in a second of joy, the basement guests devise a fast plan and trap Addley and viciously murder him with set of gifted kitchen knives. In a struggle to take over the invasion, Treshawn blindly, fatally shoots Gina. Mother takes control and murders Treshawn and Daniel before Beth and Ike walk through the front door as the storm reaches its worst. George blows up on Mother, claiming none of the children are hers as they don’t look alike and she installs fear in their minds to keep them close (and twisted). George is then shot and killed by Johnny.

Beth is proved to be pregnant and also the thief and liar of having the Koffin’s money. She attacks Mother and frees Annette and Julie from their restraints. Julie flees in the opposite direction of the girlfriends and is shot in the face by Ike. Ike then gives chase to Beth and Annette into the garage, where, in arguably the best scene in the film; the girls demolish Ike with a nail gun, a television, and a bottle of bleach cleaner. Annette, being the only smart girl throughout the film, leaves the home to get help with Mother and Beth brawl. Mother lights the house on fire and Beth narrowly escapes. Annette shows up with ambulance and law enforcement, who find Gina and impulsive Melissa from earlier, both barely alive.

Months later shows an about-to-pop-Beth heading into labor with friends Annette, Gina, and Melissa by her side. As Beth sleeps in the hospital, an alarm goes off: a baby boy has been stolen: Baby Boy Sohapi #2. The final scene shows Lydia driving the stolen RV with a healthy Johnny and Mother [Natalie] Koffin, holding a stolen newborn baby.

My Thoughts:

Each character in Mother’s Day is truly dynamic throughout their first scenes until their demise or survival. Even supporting characters such as Gina and Lydia switch their motives a few times throughout the film. Lydia is so flimsy during the last half of the film that you truly believe she’s going to fall for George’s bait-and-switch. However, her Mother has truly instilled that men are absolutely evil and Lydia remains loyal to her family. If I was in Lydia’s shoes, I probably would’ve done the same thing. It was either continue to be a criminal or life in prison- jeez, don’t judge me.

Beth, as the main protagonist, does make you root for her and allows you into the mind of her decisions. She was hiding the (small amount of) money to give herself and her pregnant belly some sort of foundation when she planned on leaving her cheating husband. As much as she fights back, she insists on making stupid decisions. She could’ve easily killed Ike in Treshawn’s office. The true standout as to who made all the correct decisions and who definitely would’ve survived (and did) is Annette! She stood as an intelligent, strong, young woman who is clearly on the outs with most of the party guests and primarily seen as the entertainment (rather than Julie who was a plane outcast). Annette listened to the words Mother Koffin told her and survived. And, when you watch the film, you’ll know one of the first lines Mother tells to the party guests is if everyone does as their told, nobody will be killed. Annette even went along with being sexually assaulted, knowing she was still protected. She played her role perfectly and you are emotional for her when she reunites with Beth in the end, knowing they’ve both survived.

I love Mother’s Day and try to show it off to everyone I know! I love the great B-List cast, especially Rebecca De Morray who absolutely chews every part of scenery and you really do listen to her! She was absolutely flawless from start to finish. Any film with Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore, and Deborah Ann Woll are always worth a try. Unknowingly, Patrick Flueger is also in this film I’m reviewing, compared to his good-guy character in Kill Theory. This type of horror doesn’t have the slashes and “close the door to see someone there”, but it delivers in stating the true horror: your friends. Mother Koffin uses the friend’s battered relationships to turn them on one another. I am terrified by home invasions because sometimes you have to examine those objects around you; just in case. Always have a plan! The director, Darren Lynn Bousman, is so consistent with great horror films and I especially love how he portrays his female characters: as strong, independent thinkers who will fight back. This movie makes you root for its heroes and pricks at your anxiety. But, wait, would you be mad at Beth for not admitting to having the money in the first place? Hmm….
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