Joining the ever-growing list of ‘remakes that no one wants or really cares about but you’re getting anyway’, Mother’s Day stomps into cinemas after a handful of appearances at worldwide festivals.

A very loose take on the 1980 Troma offering, this flick takes family ties to the absolute limit as a gang of hoodlums attempt to rape, pillage and murder their way into their mother’s heart.

Essentially a home invasion movie, the film kicks off in pacy fashion as a trio of gun-toting good-for-nothings show up unannounced at a house, the occupants of which (Jaime King and Frank Grillo) are having a party in the basement.

Unfortunately for the present occupants, the house used to be the family home of these crims and, even worse, they still think it is.

What follows is an extended torture session as the gang try to plot their escape across the border and away from the law, taking their frustrations out on the imprisoned house guests as they go along.

Arriving to oversee this carnage is mother herself, played with relish by Rebecca De Mornay.

Directed by Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman, Mother’s Day is a no-holds-barred, gruesome offering which will certainly please horror fans – at least in parts.

We get multiple shootings, stabbings and other nastiness, including a wig being torn from someone’s scalp and another being set on fire.

But the truth is that the whole thing is so one-paced that after a while it simply becomes tiring and, even worse, boring.

Hysterical screaming, shouting and some vicious retribution is fine in chunks but when that is the only real purpose of the film then you really are in trouble.

Another problem is that there really is no one to like in this piece – the hoods are predictably obnoxious but the prisoners are little better, leaving you with no one to root for.

And anyone who finds the miraculous ‘coming back to life’ trick so often used in horror flicks a pain should be prepared for an overload here as at least two of the ‘goodies’ are oh-so-obviously killed only to pop up alive at the climax – which certainly had me grinding my teeth.

Mother’s Day is watchable – the solid effects and the enjoyable performance of De Mornay ensure that – but it is certainly nothing to shout about.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.