Rebecca De Mornay

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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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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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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