Mother’s Day

In good news for people who love bad movies, the current trend of putting together projects that are named after holidays and feature the largest ensemble casts ever assembled seems to be continuing. Director Garry Marshall and New Line Cinema had so much success with their relationship compendiums Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve that some new players are looking to get into the game. Writer/director Paul Duddridge is all set to bring us Mother’s Day, a film that will examine the relationships of twelve different mother/daughter pairings. Not much is yet known regarding the specifics of Mother’s Day’s plot or character descriptions, but Deadline Astoria has all the latest scoops regarding the casting details. Already cast in undisclosed roles are the real-life mother/daughter duo of Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino, and joining them in keeping the theme of familial authenticity going are the newly cast team of Andie MacDowell and her daughter Rainey Qualley. Christina Ricci is also said to be signed, but there’s no mention of her real-life mother, so boo to her for ruining a nice theme.

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“In some cases however, the passage of time is a blessing…Time heals all wounds, makes us forget, or, allows us a chance to reflect. Three years is an abundance of time. A lot can happen in 36 months: wars have been fought and lost, relationships have blossomed and then been destroyed, children have been conceived, born, and taken their first steps. In the case of Mother’s Day, 3 years was the amount of time it took me to become disillusioned with the filmmaking process.” That’s director Darren Bousman revving the horror engine on a nightmare. It doesn’t involve a reverse bear trap or a team sent back for your organs, so it’s probably scarier. It’s the story of how a movie that Bousman made that simultaneously met his creative vision and received high praise from testing audiences went from a huge potential opening to a release last weekend that no one heard about. Bousman goes into deep detail, chronicling the journey of a movie that wrapped in 2009 and didn’t see the light of day until 2012. It’s a must-read piece for how candid Bousman is regarding a hell on the other side of development. Let’s call it Post-Production Hell. His segment on what watching a test audience react to his work is especially enlightening. Ultimately, the train of events looks something like this:

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This Week in DVD

Welcome back to This Week In DVD! Sadly, this is one of the worst week for new releases in decades. Decades I say! Well, in weeks anyway. Some of the mediocre titles coming out this week include the occasionally entertaining Underworld: Awakening, the frustratingly uninteresting Mother’s Day remake, the low-rent Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, and Channing Tatum’s funniest film yet, The Vow. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Front Line War films are a staple here in the US, something that’s benefited by the fact that America has dozens of wars to choose from, but not every country is as lucky (or unlucky).  South Korea was a part of only one major conflict in the modern era, but out of this trauma have come several fantastic war films including 71: Into the Fire and My Way. The Front Line is the latest and also one of the best as it focuses on one of the war’s final battles. Both the South and the North struggle to capture and recapture a particular hill as the final hours of the war wind down, but as the clock ticks forward the men (and woman) discover there’s far more at stake here than a simple plot of land. Director Hun Jang finds real suspense and spectacular battlefield action amidst the stories between friends, enemies and countrymen.

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Calling in from a dirty van somewhere in the American south, Darren Bousman speaks with the kind of quiet calm that has seen the heights of horror success and the self-made sweat of passion projects being wrung out in the system. It’s half electricity, half exhaustion. His latest flick 11-11-11 hit DVD yesterday, and watching the film, it’s easy to climb inside the writer/director’s own struggles with faith and depression. He’s a remarkably open filmmaker, sharing his personal feelings (no matter how dark) with his fans, never sparing the emotional details. Fortunately, it’s that incredibly candid spirit that comes alive in this conversation. From the bloodiness of the Bible to why 11-11-11 wasn’t his finest hour to the thrills of taking his Devil’s Carnival on the road, Bousman is as blunt as they come. Download This Interview

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Saw II, III, and IV mastermind Darren Lynn Bousman turned his talents to a horror remake post-icky torture porn delights with his take on the Troma classic Mother’s Day. A spin on Charles Kaufman and Warren Leight’s 1980 film of the same name, Bousman moves the action of his film out of the woods (boo!) and into suburbia (further boos!), though he appears to hew to the original idea of three bad brothers bent on impressing their sicko mom with lots of blood and torture and crime. Hey, every family is different! Bousman’s film stars Rebecca De Mornay as dear sweet Mother (going back to her Hand That Rocks the Cradle creepy best), with Patrick Flueger, Warren Kole, and Matt O’Leary as her evil spawn. The three younger Koffins rob a bank, go to hide out in their family home, only to find that Mother lost it to foreclosure. That’s too bad for the house’s new owners and all their innocent party guests. Homeownership is a bitch – and so is Mother. The film first played way back at Fantasic Fest 2010, and Fure wasn’t too crazy about it then, but I’m willing to bet it can stir up some basic scares. Take a looksie after the break.

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Boiling Point

Way back in January of 2010 I crafted a list of ten things I figured I’d hate in the following year. I tried to predict my own hatred, which can be difficult. Hate is the most wily and evasive of emotions, prone to erupting without warning. I made a few safe choices on the list, a couple of generalizations, but there were some surprises. Hell, one of the things I thought I’d hate I loved, while a few never even made it to the surface. Anyway, let’s take a look back at my look forward and see how things panned out.

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In the web of steps to getting a movie made, making a proof of concept or teaser trailer or director’s test can be a crucial part as we all know. This isn’t what sells the movie to an audience, it’s what sells a movie to a potential foreign buyers. It needs to be a bit of a different animal. That being said, this particular promo for Darren Lynn Bousman’s Mother’s Day remake does seem eerily close to how the movie might be sold when trailer time rolls around. Make sure not to have any wire hangers around Rebbecca De Mornay.

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Boiling Point

Moving from one year into the next, it’s easy and expected for us to look back on the previous three hundred and sixty five days and talk about what we did and didn’t like that year. But that’s too easy. That’s too small. No, I’m a bigger asshole than that. I’m going to look into the future, into 2011, and come up with 10 things that I’m going to hate, sight unseen. Certainly something will come up between now and then- in fact, there will probably be many things that I’ll hate this year that I can’t possibly predict at this moment. And sure, maybe one of these movies will surprise me and be great or my predictions will be off. But right now, I don’t care and odds are I won’t care at the end of the year. Because I don’t care. I hate.

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When it was announced that Darren Bousman (Saw II-IV, Repo!) was going to helm a Mother’s Day remake full of hot actresses I, like many horror fans, was psyched. The original is by no means an amazing film, but it’s actually one of the better Troma releases and has something of a cult following behind. Bousman himself turned out a few good entries in the Saw series and the surprisingly entertaining Repo! The Genetic Opera, plus both Deborah Ann Woll and Briana Evigan were cast. With the cards seemingly stacked in its favor, settling in for a midnight screening at Fantastic Fest, I was surely in for a good time, right? Right?

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The Coroner

While Darren Bousman’s ‘Mother’s Day’ remake is currently without a release date, we jumped into the way back machine to check out his inspiration.

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Imagine my surprise, waking up on a Sunday afternoon, remembering that it’s Mother’s Day just in time to call my own mom right before I get into “he had to be reminded by Twitter” territory. Only to find that one of the first things that the dearest woman who gave me life wanted to talk about was Betty White. “Did you see Saturday Night Live last night? Betty White was so funny.”

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When the moms of the TGIS crew all come together for a special Mother’s Day tribute episode, Liz, Jack, Tracy and Jenna must deal with the meddling women.

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The Saw and Repo! The Genetic Opera director gives us a few first looks at his brand new film, Mother’s Day. We almost light Reject HQ on fire. It’s a pretty normal Friday around here…

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Give Darren Lynn Bousman the keys to the slaughterhouse and let him fill it with blood? Apparently one company intends to do so. And the world will be a better place for it.

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I shine a spotlight on my mother’s favorite movie of all time, and let her explain why she loves it. Am I the best son in the world? Probably.

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Getting sentimental and sloppy over our moms once a year is fine for well-adjusted kids but rebellious FSR chooses instead to honor filmdom’s 10 most demonic, diabolical, villainous mothers, the ones we love to hate.

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Anvil will rock you.

Here the band Anvil perform after a special showing of Anvil!: The Story of Anvil on Mother’s Day in Columbus, Ohio!

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As if you needed an excuse to dust off that VHS copy of Troma’s Mother’s Day this weekend, we’re getting word that a remake is brewing, and the mind behind Repo! is directing.

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The Editor

As I do every week — well, if you don’t count last week at least — I am here to give you a little update on the happenings of the Reject Nation.

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