Mother’s Day – USA, 1980 – reviews

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Mother’s Day is a 1980 American horror thriller film, directed, co-written and produced by Charles Kaufman, brother of Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman, who served as an associate producer for the film. The movie stars stars Nancy Hendrickson, Deborah Luce, Tiana Pierce, Holdem McGuire, Billy Ray McQuade and Rose Ross.

Cinematographer Joseph Mangine also shot Neon Maniacs; Alone in the Dark; Alligator; Squirm, and I Drink Your Blood.

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College friends Abbey, Jackie, and Trina, reunite every year to take a camping trip. Once while setting their vacation up in the woods, they find their trip turns into their worst nightmare when they are captured by a group of two partially insane “hillbilly” hybrids: Ike and Addley.

The hillbilly’s lead a comfortable life, living along with their mentally abnormal mother in an occult hovel situated amidst the wood. Their mother goads her sons into acts of molestation, violence, and murder…


The British film censorship board (BBFC) rejected the film in 1980, banning it from distribution. Nevertheless, the film was later broadcast several times on television on the UK’s Horror Channel between 2006 and 2008, with no cuts and seemingly no public anarchy as a result. It was finally released uncut on Blu-ray and DVD in 2014 by 88 Films.


In Australia, the film was originally passed uncut with an R 18+ in 1983 by the Australian censors but was later banned when reviewed in 1985. Fourteen minutes of the film were cut in Germany in order to keep the film from an X-rating.

A loose remake was released in 2010.


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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Beautifully scuzzy and brazenly bizarre, Charles Kaufman’s original version of Mother’s Day is a deft mix of pitch-black comedy and fairly effective and disturbing horror. The performances are wonderfully over the top and the locations amazingly filthy, giving this one a look and feel all its own.” Rock! Shock! Pop!

“… Mother’s Day is not for everyone. It’s a demented and revolting exercise in sadism that makes you feel very uncomfortable, yet it’s done with such brains and heart that it stands tall above its many comparable knock-off’s. It’s tight, fast-paced, and very well done for its type.” DVD Drive-In

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” … it’s similar to I Spit on Your Grave, but while that film was unflinching and sadistic in its depiction of rape and violence, Mother’s Day comes off as simply being cartoonish and weird. Yes, it’s unusual that Mother goads the boys into their strange shows for her entertainment, but the scenes are so weird that they become ludicrous.” DVD Sleuth

Mother’s Day certainly has qualities that many Troma films do not – it is made with a competence and even conducts itself with a modicum of suspense in places instead of Troma’s usual cheapness […] As was to become the case with subsequent Troma films, everything is played at a cartoonishly silly level…” Moria

“Ike and Addley are country bumpkins who are obsessed with popular culture, just as much as the city characters who are prone for an early juncture to quoting lines from classic films. It’s this cultural subtext, the attacks on consumerism and a world where even backwoods types worship the cult of personality, that really intrigues.” Sex Gore Mutants

“The women are determined not to be killed and trek through the woods to ensure they avoid recapture. They fight back in a bloody and equally savage way, that feels like a role reversal on several levels. They attack the attackers and violate those that violated them. It brings up an interesting approach to gender and role reversal in a slasher, giving Mother’s Day some depth.” UK Horror Scene

Cast and characters:

  • Nancy Hendrickson … Abbey
  • Deborah Luce … Jackie
  • Tiana Pierce … Trina
  • Beatrice Pons … Mother [credited as Rose Ross]
  • Frederick Coffin … Ike [credited as Holden McGuire]
  • Billy Ray McQuade … Addley
  • Bobby Collins … Ernie [credited as Robert Collins]
  • Karl Sandys … The ‘Dobber’
  • Luisa Marsella … Terry [as Marsella Davidson]
  • Kevin Lowe … Ted, Jackie’s boyfriend
  • Scott Lucas … Storekeeper
  • Ed Battle … Doorman

Filming locations:

Shot in January 1980 in Connecticut, New York and Stillwater, New Jersey

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5 Comments on “Mother’s Day – USA, 1980 – reviews”

  1. I worked on Mother’s Day. Charles K. was a first year video teacher at SVA in NY, in ’78. Near year end, he announced he was directing a feature over the summer if anyone wanted to get abused. It was my first feature film experience. The machete used to lop off the head was mine, a souvenier from my brother, via Panama. It still has a bit of fake blood on it.

    1. Crazy….So what did you do on the film? I saw it as a kid in the 80’s and for better or worse it left a lasting impression on me! Still a fan to this day….It’s sad but there’s so little info out there regarding this gem other than the usual reviews etc on IMDb….It would be so cool to hear stories, see pics, and learn more about the behind the scenes stuff! I know a few of the actors / actresses are gone….R.I.P. …Are you still in the film industry?

  2. I remember seeing Mother’s Day with my friend. We had to take his mother, since we weren’t of age yet to see it on our own. All three of us were smoking a joint during the movie, & we all were hysterical, laughing our asses off when the hippie guy in the back seat of mother’s car got his head chopped off. Everyone looked at us like we were sadistic wierdos for laughing at the scene.

  3. I was 9 when it came out and remember the controversy over it. Believe it or not, I only just recently got caught up with it, and hate to say I don’t know what to make of it. Didn’t hate it, but didn’t like it either. Personally found it to be rather tame. Guess I’m jaded by many, many years of hardcore horror. Had I seen it back in the day, my opinion might have different. Who knows?

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