When a bank robbery goes drastically wrong, a trio of brothers take shelter in their old house to escape the authorities and tend to the one brother who was shot. Little do they know, their old house was picked up off of a foreclosure and the party that the new home owners are throwing is going to give them a bit of a problem. This means mother (De Mornay) must be called upon to fix the situation.
|The aftermath of the most intense game of bloody knuckles known to man.|
I appreciate how simple "Mother's Day" is as a film. The concept is basic: robbers bust into the wrong house, guests must figure out a way to escape/survive, and shit repeatedly happens. Not all that original, but an effective formula nonetheless. What makes this film rock and roll are two things: the directing and the cast. Bousman earns his merit by giving the film a combined look of modern sleek camera work and old school exploitation elements. He loves to utilize the ensemble cast with lots of great banter and oddly memorable one liners and his intensity for violence is only hindered by a lacking budget (which is why I assume some of the death sequences aren't as extreme as he normally would take it) which tends to favor some odd placed CGI gore. He loves to throw the characters into some very extreme situations and it makes for a wild ride for the audience who continually thinks "What would I do in that situation?". This is easily heightened by a stellar cast of secondary genre regulars who all own their respective roles. Just look at the cast on IMDB and see how many other horror films you've seen them in, I'm sure it's quite a few.
|So sweet she might bake you cookies. With rat poison in them.|
|Coke addiction and a love for "Hellraiser" make for some horrible nights.|
"Mother's Day" still remains head and tails above its originator in quality and execution. It has plenty of memorable moments to kick it up as a great modern horror film, but its lacking cohesion in character arcs/plot holes hinders it from matching the work done many other great home invasion flicks in the last handful of years.
Written By Matt Reifschneider