I remember seeing the cover of Mother’s Day in both Wal-Mart and the local video store when it came out. The stark look of it paired with the disapproving look of the mother stuck in my brain. I hadn’t really thought about it for years until I watched the original Mother’s Day earlier this year on The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs on Shudder. In one fell swoop not only did I remember the movie but I learned that it was a remake. Not only was it a remake it was a remake of an 80s Troma movie. I saw that not only was it on HBO Max but it was going to be leaving in the middle of the month.
Mother’s Day was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman. It was written by Scott Milam with story also by Milam. It was also based Mother’s Day by Charles Kaufman and Warren Leight. It stars Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Briana Evigan, Patrick Flueger, Deborah Ann Woll, Shawn Ashmore, and Frank Grillo. Rebecca De Mornay is absolutely terrifying. She has such an intense look, which is probably why she was used for the cover. Jaime King is great. She goes through an incredibly intense journey throughout the entire movie. I didn’t know a lot of the people in this were in it. Deborah Ann Woll, Frank Grillo, and Shawn Ashmore were all surprises to me when I saw them.
The plot is different from the original Mother’s Day, that being said it does focus on a family with an unhealthy dynamic. It deals with brothers Ike, Addley, and Johnny as they come to the house that they thought was still owned by their mother. Unbeknownst to them it’s owned by the Sohapi family, who is having a get together for Daniel. The brothers take everyone hostage and get in contact with their mother and sister. Johnny was shot and one of the friend’s is a doctor, he is tasked with keeping Johnny alive. Mother sends Ike and Beth, the Sohapi matriarch, to get money so that they can escape to Canada after a botched bank robbery. Everything is taking place during a tornado watch. It turns out the Beth is pregnant and Daniel is having an affair with a coworker. A lot of people die and Beth survives. The movie ends with Beth having her baby but it being taken by the surviving members of the family as they leave the country. I’m leaving the plot synopsis incredibly vague so as to not spoil the majority of the movie.
I really want to mention the music first. The music that plays when Mother first shows up to the house is incredibly intense. You really get the feeling that she is a source of power and malevolence. The rest of the music in the movie is good but that piece is astounding. The costume and production design is really good. The stunts are great. The fight between Beth and Mother is intense, like hot damn. The gore and practical effects are outstanding.
Mother’s Day 2010 is definitely worth a watch. It’s honestly just as violent as the original, but the violence feels different. It also doesn’t have as much sexual violence as the original. Its on HBO Max until August 11th.