Fantastic Fest – “Mother’s Day” by Ragdoll

Straight from Fantastic Fest 2010 in Austin, TX, Here’s Ragdoll’s First Written Review!
Hey there movie goers! Right before entering the screening of Mother’s Day, I asked the director if I may review his film. He said if I like it, yes. If not, go f*&k myself. I knew from that moment that he was super cool. It takes balls to love your work when other people might not. And for that, I give him 50 kudos points. But back to the movie. Mother’s Day is a remake of the 1980’s movie of the same name. The plot is the same, but outside of that, this is a whole different ball game!
The movie is about a family of bank robbers that break into their old house to hide from the cops, without knowing that another couple moved in two months prior. With violence exploited, secrets exposed, and perverted relationships, this movie makes the list of messed up holiday movies (in a good way).
For this being a low budget production, you’d never be able to tell. The cinematography and lighting are superb throughout the whole film. And the gore effects, while not being of primary focus, are still cringe-worthy. Coolest thing about the film: The strong relationships amongst the characters. Solid, believable bonds are built so that you really feel the pain when someone gets hurt. And no one is perfect. The line between good and evil is fuzzy.
Not so cool: Occasionally the movie did seem kinda choppy. As the audience was told after the screening, the movie was cut down from 5 hours. So, when it seems that one plot line came out of left field, left, and then appeared again, it wasn’t on purpose. Its not very noticeable, but leaves a slightly weird taste in your mouth.

Feel Free to leave me a comment down below and let me know what you think, if you enjoyed the review or what you want me to review next. I’ll pay attention. After all, you are my only reader.

One Response to “Fantastic Fest – “Mother’s Day” by Ragdoll”
  1. WildBoar says:

    Cut down from 5 hours holy crap? you'd think someone would've tapped the director around their 3rd or 4th hour of shooting.

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