Director Darren Lynn Bousman’s film Mother’s Day is an unsettling home invasion film with so much tension and dread that, at times, it becomes truly tough to sit through. This is a sub-genre that I’m overly fond of for a few reasons in particular. The character development always seems to be a priority in these settings, as well as the tension of the cat and mouse game. Mind games, torture, and overall cruelty to the seemingly innocent cast can really get under your skin pretty quickly.
While this loose remake of the Troma classic isn’t as gritty, it is however just as depraved. This cast is wonderful from top to bottom and acting is not an issue, whatsoever. Rebecca De Mornay does one hell of a job, as the mother of a motley crew of criminals. The compassion in this film from protagonists and antagonists is almost painted on; You can tell that although these people are supposed to be friends, they have a secret hatred of one another for one reason or another.
Mother’s Day really shows the viewer that even being kind can be menacing and down right scary. If you are a fan of films like I Spit on Your Grave, The Strangers, or You’re Next, you should really give this one the time of day.
I give it 3.5 shotgun shells out of 5.