Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mother's Day (1980)

3 / 5 Apr '10
Tagline: If you go down to the woods today
Directed by: Charles Kaufman
Written by: Warren Leight, Charles Kaufman
Actors include: Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Australia

Hmm, well if you've seen Troma films before then you know the sort of cheapness and ineptitude one is in for. This time it appears that Troma's Charles Kaufman saw I Spit on Your Grave [Day of the Woman] and decided to make their own version. This is a tale about three bff's who have decided to go camping in a remote area for their annual getaway. After watching plenty of their ridiculous flashbacks and hearing tons of giggling and in-jokes they are carried away in their sleeping bags. Two inbred seeming thugs have kidnapped the girls in order to please Mama, she gives the orders on who to torment first. Well after several escape attempts the remaining girls decide to get revenge and well this is the best part of the film. It's gory, they use unusual methods of retaliation (Draino and axe to the crotch anyone?) and it's pretty entertaining really. The thing is it's all done in such a joking style that it's impossible to be disturbed by which seems to be the ultimate goal of the movie. It fails more than it succeeds but yet there are a few moments that fans of this sort of thing should appreciate. I liked it a teaspoon better than Les mémés cannibales [Rabid Grannies] but Bloodsucking Freaks will always be the best Troma film I've seen. Thanks to kevdog for suggesting I give this a whirl.

Availability:  On DVD

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