Will fans of the 80s Troma cult classic Mother’s Day be excited or pissed to hear that it’s being remade by the director of three Saw films? Not only do I have no idea, but I also have no idea where to find any fans of the 80s Troma cult classic Mother’s Day.
In all fairness, it’s a good movie, a fantastic B-flick, and everyone with a pulse had a huge crush on that hippie chick in it, but I’m not sure the usual pitchfork-and-torch-wielding that occurs for most remakes will be called for on this one. If you’re unfamiliar, I could give you the plot synopsis, but wouldn’t you feel more accomplished if you went and found it for yourself?
Fine. It’s about a sweet mother who commands her nice young boys to rape and kill for her and the three girls who happen to run into the pair while out camping in the woods. Happy?
Now, Darren Lynn Bousman will be bringing his dark directing glasses to a remake of that gorgeous synopsis.
The original is exactly what you’d expect from Troma (always classy), but I’m definitely on board for a remake based solely on this money quote from producing partner Richard Saperstein:
We’re taking the iconic image of a mother, the most comforting and nurturing person in the world, and perverting that into something that is punishing and sadistic.”
Excellent. It’s been done before, certainly, but it sounds like Saperstein gets the core of what will make the film great. Now the major question is whether you keep in the tone of B-campiness or shoot for some sort of foolish higher production value. That’s a tough question, but the production claims that the film will at least be modern – bringing in elements of the mother losing her home to the economic housing crisis. Finally a film that deals directly with rape, Oedipal complexes, and the harsh realities of our unwieldy economic infrastructure!
What do you think? Any Troma fans out there?