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Film / Mother's Day

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"No one can escape on Mother's Day... because Mother's Day never ends."

Mother's Day is a 1980 horror film brought to you by the folks at Troma.

Three female friends on their annual reunion head to the Pine Barrens, unaware that the area's the stomping grounds for murderous siblings Ike and Addley, and their psychotic mother who drives them to commit their violent deeds.

It received a rather loose remake in 2010, which was directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera).


The original film contains examples of the following tropes:

  • An Axe to Grind: See Groin Attack.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The two remaining heroes dispatch Mother, Ike, and Addley, however, they soon run into Queenie in the woods... Cue credits.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: The matriarch of the clan has a paranoid fear that her sister, Queenie, still roams the woods, and is afraid of being alone as a result, insisting that the boys never leave. At the end of the film, after the girls have defeated Ike, Addy, and their mother, they encounter Queenie...
  • Don't Go in the Woods: The girls' ordeal starts with them hiking into the woods to go camping. Later, they're being chased through those woods by lunatics.
  • Foreshadowing: By the bucketload.
  • Gorn: Also by the bucketload.
  • Groin Attack: Delivered to Addley via hatchet. Ouch.
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  • Machete Mayhem: One is used to deadly effect at the beginning of the film against the hippies.
  • Meaningful Echo: "I'm a sick woman!"
  • Off with His Head!: The very first kill in the film, coupled with Machete Mayhem.
  • Psychotic Man Child: Ike and Addley.
  • Rape and Revenge: After Jackie is assaulted and dies of her injuries, Abbey and Trina come back for revenge.

The 2010 remake contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Mother, Addley, Ike are still brutal criminals and subject the protagonists through a heinous ordeal. However their villainous actions are not done for sadistic pleasure, just extreme unexpected circumstances.

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