Best Horror Remakes: Mother’s Day (2011)

My favorite remake would be Mother’s Day from 2011,but was released just this year on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s isn’t an actually full out remake because there are a lot of differences compared to the 80’s film,but if I had to say which is my favorite remake it would be this film. It was Rob Zombie’s Halloween for the longest time,but Mother’s Day became my number 1 when I saw it.

Basically the story is about a group of friends being held hostage in a house ,which belongs to two of the friends, after three men come back thinking that it is their home until their Mother (Rebecca De Morney) and sister arrive explaining that they lost the house. Mother and her children decide to keep the hostages until the money turns up that belongs to Mother so that Mother and her children can escape.

The film was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman who is known for directed some Saws sequels and Repo! the Genetic Opera. But this film is by far his best in my opinion and his film is ten times better than the original because it creates great tension and the performances are well acted especially from Rebecca De Morney who plays Mother. She steals the show in this film.

This is highly recommended from me!!

–Justin Rhine


Favorite Horror Movies of the Last Decade: Mother’s Day (2011)

Favorite horror movie of the last decade: Mother’s Day.

Originally to be released in 2010, it was pushed back until 2012 just in time for mother’s day. Even though this maybe a remake of the 80’s classic, it’s nothing like its predecessor at all.

On the run after attempting to rob a bank, a group of vicious brothers decide to lay low at their mother’s house for a while. Unfortunately the mother lost the house and a young couple mourning the loss of their son currently lives there. The group of brothers (one of which has been shot) invade the couple’s house while they are entertaining guests and soon take everyone hostage. The brothers’ twisted mother soon shows up at the house as well, and the body count starts rising. Will any of the hostages make it out alive or are they all destined to die at the hand of the brutal family?

Edgy, raw, and real until the very last scene, not even comparable to the B-rated original from 1980. slas Mother’s Day remake came at the time of America remaking every one of the slasher movies from the 80’s, paying homage to the movies that have changed the genre into what it is today. The movie not only keeps you guessing as to who is the next victim but it also makes you wonder who is actually the “bad guy”. Making you feel sympathy for both sides, this movie will have you pulled until the final twist in the film. No matter what people say about how this is a remake and should have kept to the original, I have to say, it’s about fucking time someone spun some originality even into the remake. If you haven’t watched it yet, go to walmart and pay the $15, one of the few movies worth the full price.

–Riley Lender


Hostage Slasher “Mother’s Day” Proves Mother Really Does Know Best

Going into the remake of “Mother’s Day”, I was a bit apprehensive. The original, while fun, is hardly a classic and I was afraid they were going to play up this remake with every camp value that most horror fans love in the original. It was to both my delight and my shock that this remake is played deadly straight. Whatever comedy here is of the blackest kind and dark comedy fans will be delighted.

The film begins after a bank robbery has gone wrong, three brothers, Izzak “Ike” (Patrick Flueger), Addley (Warren Kole), and Johnny (Matt O’Leary) are on the run from the law. The three brothers travel to their mothers house, however find it occupied by young couple Beth (Jaime King) and Daniel (Frank Grillo), who are hosting a birthday party in their basement. The guests include Anette (Briana Evigan) and her fiance Dave (Tony Nappo), married couple Treshawn (Lyriq Bent) and Gina (Kandyse McClure), George (Shawn Ashmore) and Melissa (Jessie Rusu) and Julie (Lisa Marcos). As the three brothers enter the house, the partiers are watching a storm warning of a tornado that is soon to hit, however Daniel reassures everyone that the basement is secure. He then heads upstairs where he encounters the brothers who think Daniel is trespassing in their mothers home. He tells them they got the house months previous in a foreclosure. While the brothers begin to beat Daniel, Beth comes upstairs but is unable to escape. The brothers threaten to shoot the couple, however Beth informs them that George is a doctor and he will be able to help the dying Johnny. Beth calmly summons George upstairs since she does not want to alarm the other guests. After Ike and Addley refuse to take Johnny to the hospital, George begins to try to save Johnny. Meanwhile, Ike receives a phone call from his sister Lydia (Deborah Ann Woll) who is with the siblings “Mother” (Rebecca De Mornay). Ike tells the pair to come to the house.

Julie soon emerges from the basement but is chased back downstairs by Addley who holds the guests hostage, removing the groups cell phones and wallets and begins to torment them. Soon after, Mother and Lydia arrive. Mother is extremely unhappy with her sons after they failed to successfully keep in contact with her, so she was unable to tell them she lost her home. She angrily tells off her sons and proceeds to be nice to the hostages, telling them no one has to get hurt and the family would leave once Johnny’s condition has stabilized. However, Mother soon discovers that the sons had continued sending money to the house after she had moved out, meaning Beth and Daniel must have received it. Both deny knowing about the money, but Mother does not believe Daniel and has his hand broken by her sons. Despite this, Daniel still denies knowing. Mother proceeds to rob the hostages, taking their credit cards and pin numbers. Melissa attempts to escape by running upstairs, however she is shot by Addley. Can the rest of the crew survive the night and does mother really know best?

“Mother’s Day” is one of the craziest, most fucked up suspense horrors that I’ve seen in a while and this is coming from a guy who watched “Human Centipede II” less than a week ago. The kills are quite extreme. Wanna see a girl shot in the face in extreme close up? It’s here. The film may be nearly two hours long but not a single scene seemed the slightest bit padded. The performances are all around excellent with special acclaim due to Rebecca De Mornay who is perfect in the role as the cunningly evil mother. She could have played this role over-the-top but not a single bit of her performance feels mannered or theatrical. She plays this as a real mother. A real psycho mother, yes, but a real mother none-the-less.

To order from Amazon: Mother’s Day (DVD)