After a violent robbery went sour, Ike Koffin and his two brothers Johnny and Addley head back to their mother’s home for refuge. Once arrived, they find out their mother recently lost the house and it’s now occupied by Beth and Daniel Sohapi who were having a housewarming party with some friends when the three arrive. The brothers take everyone hostage and call their mother for advise. When Natalie (Mother) Koffin arrives with her daughter Beth, she seems to be very rational and straightforward, and wants to end the situation quick and easily with nobody getting hurt. Little do the hostages know that Mom has a few loose screws herself…
Sound and Vision:
The image and sound quality of this release are reasonably good with nothing really tampering with the viewing experience. The level of detail is decent, black levels are nice and deep, while contrast is good and compression errors non-obstrusive.
The sound is focused mostly on dialogue and action is pretty limited, but the soundtrack does a good job supporting what’s going on on the screen. Dialogues are clear and understandable at all times while the subwoofer and surrounds heighten the atmosphere with music, effects and a nice amount of bass.
Mother’s Day is a low budget horror flick directed by Darren Bousman who’s most well-known for Saw 2, 3 and 4. This isn’t much of a reference but should tell you there’s some bloodshed to be expected. Still, it’s not the gore that makes this movie interesting, it’s Rebecca De Mornay who truly shines. De Mornay perfectly portrays Mother Koffin who seems as a reasonable woman but has some seriously twisted ideas of norms and values and as such is hotter than we’ve ever seen De Mornay before. In some alternate universe where SM would be the norm, I’m sure men would be lining up to get their asses spanked by her!
If you see past the obvious gore (which actually isn’t too gruesome compared to most slashers), you find a psychologic thriller that really shines thanks to De Mornay’s performance and after watching this, I truly believe a big budget thriller with her in a similar role would be able to get her to stardom.
Still, we’re talking about a low budget horror/thriller here and as such this is definitely one to check out on a Saturday evening as it manages to rise above average, but won’t win any awards.