Is there a current American horror film out there that isn't a sequel, a remake or a reworking of a string of past films? (Don't write and tell me, I know the answer.) Before I get too disparaging, I should perhaps say that the loose remake of Charles Kaufmann's 1980 Troma classic Mother's Day is reputed to be a cut above the average, but then again I've heard that cliam before and been less than impressed. We shall see.
Following a disastrous bank robbery attempt that leaves one of their number critically wounded, three brothers head for their childhood home to take refuge until the dust settles. What they don't know is their mother recently lost possession of the house in a foreclosure and no longer lives there. Instead, they stumble across the new owners, a young couple, and their guests who are in the middle of birthday celebration. Seeing no alternative, the brothers take the partygoers hostage before contacting their mother to explain their dilemma. Willing to do anything to protect her offspring, mother arrives at the scene, along with her only daughter, and immediately takes control of the situation while masterminding a plan to help her family escape across the border from the US into Canada. Unfortunately for the hostages, mother's plot requires some serious funding and she's determined to get hold of it any way she can. So begins a long night of psychological terror in which loyalties are tested, secrets are revealed and sins are punished by a deeply disturbed woman with maternal instincts that can only be described as murderous.
Produced by Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour trilogy; X-Men: The Last Stand), directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), the film stars Rebecca De Mornay (Wedding Crashers; Lords Of Dogtown) in a role that the press release claim makes her psychotic character from The Hand That Rocks The Cradle look like Mother Theresa (about whom we could have a controversial conversation anyway). Co-starring is Jaime King (My Bloody Valentine remake; The Spirit), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Briana Evigan (Burning Bright; Sorority Row; Step Up 2: The Streets) and Shawn Ashmore (Frozen; Hatchet II; the X-Men trilogy), the film was described as "intense" by Dread Central and "relentlessly efficient... a cracking film" by Eye For Film, who we tend to like.
Mother's Day (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£15.99) and Blu-ray (£19.99) by Studio Canal on 24th October 2011.
Special Features will include:
- Interviews with stars Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Patrick Flueger, Warren Kole, Briana Evigan, Matt O'Leary, Shawn Ashmore and Lyriq Bent, producer Richard Saperstein, executive producers Lloyd Kaufman and Charles Kaufman and stunt coordinator Bobby King;
- B roll footage;