Rebecca De Mornay stars in rare example of a horror remake done well
Following on the heels of bloodless remakes of cherished 1980s slasher flicks like The Stepfather and Prom Night, Mother’s Day is a nastier but more accomplished beast. This home invasion drama is a reboot of the 1980 Troma original, and is propelled by an intense leading performance by Rebecca De Mornay.
A reprisal of sorts of her role as the evil babysitter in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, De Mornay plays the ruthless matriarch of a crime-loving family. Her three sons have just botched a bank-job, sustaining a bloody injury in the process, and invaded the house of suburbanites Daniel and Beth Sohapi (Frank Grillo and Jaime King).
With a group of partygoers held hostage downstairs, the Sohapis have to figure out how to best the vicious mother and her murderous brood. Director Darren Lynn Bousman makes good his escape from helming three episodes of the Saw franchise by sustaining the ensuing tension, with nail guns, boiling kettles and an unexpected wig-removal to keep gore-hounds happy. But it’s De Mornay’s film; with her prim and proper mom-knows-best homilies juxtaposed with her ferocious sense of the Sohapi’s weaknesses, she ably makes Mother’s Day a cut above the average horror.
General release from Fri 10 Jun.