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Fantastic Fest day 2 - Harry says MOTHER'S DAY is triumphantly & seriously F'd up!

Hey Folks Harry here with the first film of day 2 of Fantastic Fest. This was the remake of the Troma Classic... MOTHER'S DAY. The original film was more of a campy bloody tongue in cheek affair. The new film is less of an overt genre film in the Horror sense, instead it is more of a throwback to films like PACIFIC HEIGHTS and THE HAND THAT ROCKED THE CRADLE.... Along with the classic crime films like DESPERATE HOURS and PETRIFIED FOREST, albeit far tougher in terms of visual intensity and basic sleaziness. The film has a pretty terrific cast, with Shawn Ashmore having a nice role as a doctor trying to keep an evil man alive. Jaime King plays Beth, who has lost her son in a tragic accident, and has been living in a new home for two months when the shit hits the fan. she and her husband are having a bit of a get together with about 8 people shooting pool and the shit. The front door was left unlocked and when a gang of three brothers, one with a shotgun blast in his side crash the shindig, things get intense. what keeps this from being a run of the mill Home Invasion story is the presence of Rebecca De Mornay as the mother of the gang of brothers and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica from TRUE BLOOD) as the daughter. The story that the filmmakers took for the basic premise is the true life Wichita Horror that was a terrifying home invasion incident that happened in Wichita, Kansas. which involved two brothers and 5 victims. this is a slightly inflated situation, but still. Sadly believable. I say sadly because it is sad that we know something as heinous as the actions in this film are... Realistic. it might feel a little long, but if you think about it, the film is playing relatively in real time, and I guarantee if you were in this situation, it would seem to be a lifetime, whether you lived or died. Good film, tough and mean. it does have distribution.

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  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I couldn't follow a word of this.

    by reflecto


  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Right up my alley

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    Is Rebecca De Mornay still fuckable?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Harry's writing

    by Saint Andeol

    actually, this seems like some of Harry's more coherent writing. i only count 3 unnecessary and misused ellipses, and NO ridiculous hyphens. could this be an imposter?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    it was pretty coherent

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    meanin skip this movie... it was written by one of the distributors... so i say... TNALP!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Did you take cash for that write up?

    by torontoxic

    You should have asked for gold. Its really high right now and you could have flipped it quick for more than they probably paid you.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Directed by the guy who did Repo: the Genetic Opera

    by schadenfreudian

    Thought you all should be warned ahead of time, just in case.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Sent from Harry's iPhone

    by palimpsest

    I shouldn't wonder.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Repo the shitty opera.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    So Jaime King is trying to be a Scream Queen?

    by Mr. Profit

    Hopefully this will be better than that "My Bloody Valentine 3D" shitfest she was in. I saw that movie because of all the enthusiastic reviews on here, and I should have known these fuckers overrated it because they saw 3D tits.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Also, as long as the leads aren't scared idiots....

    by Mr. Profit

    Like Liv and Scott in "The Strangers", then I may enjoy this. I hated how both of them were punks in that movie who didn't fight back.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Why remake a piece of crap?

    by jonasgrumby

    I love horror movies but when I saw this when it came out in the early 80' s I walked out, the only movie I ever walked out of, rape is not entertaining!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    But does it have Queenie in it?

    by BarryConvex

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Underworld 4 - The Return OF Kate Beckinsale

    by IwatchMovies


  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Also how come NO ONE on this site talks about ANIMAL KINGDOM

    by torontoxic

    If you want to see a movie with a great cast showing a mom reigning over a family of criminals then see Animal Kingdom. You should see it anyway but at the very least see it instead of some grab bag shitfest remake of a boring b movie.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I was just wondering about this movie

    by ROBRAM89

    Just the other day I remembered a good write-up for this, on this site. Wondered what happened with it.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Bloody Valentine 3D rocked! Jaime was sweet.

    by Flip63Hole

    Haven't seen a modern horror film capture the 80's slasher vibe in ages. The 3D only makes it more fun. 3D protruding eyeball FTW.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    I thought this was about Fathers day

    by strykebr

    lol, I want my fat man rape

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I'm with BarryConvex...

    by Grandpa Bunche

    Is Queenie in this?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Mother's Day: Change Of Life

    by Dr Gregory House

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by Meadowe

    "When you're in my mother, make me another brother, when I'm up in your mother, I'll never use a rubber!"

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    btw finally watched Underworld 3.....

    by Meadowe

    I like Michael Sheen, hopefully he can be part of Underworld 4 somehow....

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Don't lie, Harry was paid in String Cheese to write this..

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    Remember that white peelable stuff from the 90's?

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    More TYPOS. More errors.

    by MeMyselfAndNy_aaan

    Which I do alot but Im not a writer or run a website. But if shit writing like this is passable then I could do better.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    mmmm string cheese


  • Sept. 25, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Maybe Harry writes bad on porpose

    by AsimovLives

    So to get people talking about him. As James Manson once said, it doens't matter if people talk bad about you, as long they talk about you. Or maybe Harry is in fact a foreigner who pretends to be texan.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    or maybe he's just retarded

    by cocolopez

    "I kinda sorta jizzed all over myself!" -Harry Knowles

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST

    "what keeps this from being a run of the mill Home Invasion stor

    by Immortal_Fish

    "what keeps this from being a run of the mill Home Invasion story..."<P>...are two actresses? That's it? Don't home invasion, sorry, I mean, Home Invasion stories usually include women?<P>Perhaps you meant their performances? If so, then how? They scream more often or not as much, or just in all the right places with a well-nuanced pitch?<P>Harry, man. What's up with you? Three meager paragraphs and a sentence. And you didn't even mention what you had for breakfast.<P>You're drifting.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST

    A piece of crap

    by thegreatwhatzit

    The original MOTHER'S DAY was a home movie (Troma, what else?). The remake is undiluted tedium that will reward even insomiacs with hibernation. For God's sake, Harry, write a professional review; stop rendering 'em in fingerpaint. Troma has long been DOA; the surviving ensemble erected a makeshift booth at last week's MonsterMania conclave--in spite of the voluminous attendance, the display inly drew flies.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST


    by thegreatwhatzit

    ...the display only drew flies". My bad.

  • Sept. 25, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Bitching fanboys.

    by WormyRat

    Why remake a piece of crap? Why remake a classic movie? Why remake a film if it'd just gonna be a rehash? Why remake a film if you're gonna deviate so much from the original? Jeez there's a moaning bitch for all occasions.

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Yeah it is

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  • Sept. 29, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Ninety (90) days, it is, gentlemen!!!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    I'm gonna repost this in a few other talkbacks. Please be kind enough to help me out. In honor of D.Vader and in response to Harry Knowles's email in which Harry threatened to permanently ban D. Vader if **WE** became annoying in our protests ("Chris will have a 90 day ban, unless he and his friends get annoying, in which case his ban will become perm.") Ain't it cool, guys? Threatening to ban someone for a protest initiated by OTHERS? And remember - this is from the fat liberal protest-worshiping toad himself! Guess "peace" and "love" and "power to the people" ain't exactly all that when it's directed at the capricious whims of you, your contributors and your site. For purposes of solidarity and protest, I'm taking Ain't It Cool out of my drop down menu, set my Outlook Reminder, and am avoiding this site for ninety (90) days - I'll return 12/28/10. If Vader's back, cool. If not, well, like others have said, there are plenty of OTHER sites to get this shit from. The one redeeming grace of this site has been the talkbacks and the people (smart, stupid, crazy, fun, insane, wild, angry people) in the talkbacks. But it looks like Harry et al. have decided to behave in a dictatorial and willfully impulsive manner, alienating many talkbackers. I'm done. See you in ninety!

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST


    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by KGB3317

    that home invasion story, the real one, is fucking crazy. This was never reported anywhere!