When it came out, Mother's Day was slammed for its bad taste. In truth, if Mother's Day had been made a decade later this would have just been seen as business as usual for the filmmakers involved in this case associate producers Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz who not long after this together founded Troma Films and went on to make the likes of The Toxic Avenger (1986), Class of Nuke Em High (1986) and many other such films, all founded on outrageously bad taste splatter.
Certainly, Mothers Day is relatively tame as Troma Films typical fare goes merely rape, torture and abduction played as a joke. Many of Tromas later films go way beyond anything here and achieve an offensive button-pushing bad taste for its own sake. Mother's Day certainly has qualities that many Troma films do not it is made with a competence and even conducts itself with a modicum of suspense in places instead of Tromas usual cheapness. Nor is there the gratuitous T&A found in later Troma films. As was to become the case with subsequent Troma films, everything is played at a cartoonishly silly level every character is stupid and played with a maximum amount of eye-rolling. When it comes to the slasher movie-type dispatches, these are all conducted tongue-in-cheek axes in the crotch, dispatches via cans of Drano and a tv impaled on the head.
A very loose remake was conducted by Darren Lynn Bousman as Mothers Day (2010).
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