Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day (1980)

Director: Charles Kaufman

Starring: Tiana Pierce, Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce

Run Time: 1:30

Rant: What a wonderful movie to watch with your mother. This is one of of those shock value rape and revenge type of awful horror movies. I've never been a big fan of those but I figure I might as well be thankful my mother isn't a lunatic that enjoys watching my brother and I rape women.

You can tell they're going for the bullshit where they want you to get to know the girls as people before they're brutalized to make it more personal for the viewer, but it doesn't work at all. It's like a comedy/rape movie. Never thought I'd see the day. It's actually really funny at parts but in the back of my mind I'm wondering if I should laugh or not. It's goofy. It would be different if they set it up as a silly movie then got really serious for the dark parts but it's silly the whole way through. What the fuck am I supposed to think? Who was this movie made for? What the fuck??? There's parts where the psychos are laughing at shit and I'm sitting here laughing along like a jackass and I have to stop myself and re-evaluate where I am right now. My brain hurts.

There's a half hour of the movie of the three girls in the woods goofing around and out of nowhere the two evil sons show up. It's really out of nowhere, too. So they tie the girls up in the sleeping bags and bring them home to their mother. They're all exited about how they caught these three girls in the woods when the mother says "Didn't you boys forget something?" They look at each other, then run to the door and wipe their feet on the welcome mat. What... the fuck... kind of movie... is this? The two sons sleep in bunk beds and have a Big Bird alarm clock. Why? The smarter brother likes disco and the dumber brother likes punk rock. Shouldn't it be the other way around? There's a Rocky-esque montage of the two boys working out like they have a prize fight coming up. WHY?

A little like Deliverance, a little like Last House on the Left. It's actually entertaining in a bonehead sorta way. There's a sense of fun through the whole movie that shouldn't exist. This is a confusing awful horror movie.

Fun Fact: Peter Fox who plays "The Dobber" in the movie has acted in such TV shows as The Waltons, Dallas, 21 Jump street and Murder, She Wrote.

Kill Count:
Charlie (5:05) Head cut off with machete.
Uncredited woman (6:49) Beaten up then choked to death.
Jackie (105:28) Dies after being beaten.

Ratings: Horror Film: 5
Entertainment: 7
Gore: 6
Overall Rating: 5.7