Brett Ratner Producing Mother's Day Remake

August 13, 2008

Mother's Day

Our favorite Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner is behind the remake of an obscure 1980 horror film called Mother's Day directed by Charles Kaufman, according to Shock Till You Drop. Thankfully, Ratner isn't directing the film. Instead, Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera, Saw II-IV) seems to be up for the role, though no paperwork has actually been signed. As for Ratner, he'll be involved in purely a producing capacity as apparently he's quite a fan of the original film. For the script, that rests with Franck Khalfoun of P2; that's not exactly encouraging, as P2 was a mess and Mother's Day doesn't seem any better. I know we're all tired of remakes, but bear with me on this one.

Sadly, I haven't seen the original movie, though it's said to have quite the cult following. Basically, the story surrounds two bad-intentioned nutjobs (brothers Ike and Addley) who live with their equally insane mother in an isolated part of the woods. Three women stumble upon the trio and are captured and abused by the brothers at the behest of the mother. Apparently, one of them is killed at some point and the other two flee, but return seeking revenge. Form what it sounds like, this could be pretty interesting. Nothing ground-breaking or terribly compelling, but probably solid C-grade horror. We'll keep an eye out for casting as that is sure to influence the project's promise. I wonder who they might get for the maniacal mother?

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last house on the left?

chris on Aug 13, 2008


The original movie freaked the hell out of me in high school. It was another one of those movies from back in the day that was on that creepy, cheap film stock that makes it look like a snuff film, and the crazy brothers look like they're real crazy people, much like the original Texas Chainsaw. There's a really, really gross part that involves one of the horrific cases of rope burn I've ever seen. Ugh. As for a remake? Eh. I avoided the original after I saw it once, so I doubt I'll bother seeing a remake.

Paigey! on Aug 13, 2008


I was just talking about this with my friends, the apparent need to take obscure horror movies from the 80's and 70's and make them into remakes even though they weren't good or popular or hits to begin with. However, there aren't any mother's day movies lately so at least it is original there.

Ryan on Aug 13, 2008


I've seen the original some years ago and it's rather bad. There are two things I can remember, someones get beheaded (with a you see the puppet effect) and another one cut between the legs with an electric turkey knife (don't know how it's called).

ShyGuy on Aug 14, 2008


Mother's Day was by far the best 80's slasher movie to ever be made,but as usual someone wants a remake and as usual Hollyweird will kill it:(

Joseph Perkins on Feb 10, 2009


It wasn't Charles Kaufman, it was Lloyd Kaufman and Troma has been around for over 35 years. They are arguably the oldest independent film production company in the world! Or perhaps you should do some actual research instead of cranking out another puff piece for a talentless hack like Brett Ratner. Oh, and X-Men: Last Stand totally blew.

Troma Fan on Jan 17, 2010

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