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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mother's Day Massacre (2007)



After a trip down memory lane with a low-budget creature feature, I decided to jump forward a few decades with something closer to home based here in New Jersey. From the Backwoods Butchers Collection it was Mother’s Day Massacre from 2007.


Plot/ Jim Cavanaugh is a shy suburban New Jersey teenager. His mom left when he was a child and his father is an ass. The unrelenting psychotic domination of his redneck dad forces Jim to search out his long lost mother. His quest takes him to the backwoods of Jersey where he encounters semi-retarded hillbillies who have a taste for DIY circumcisions and Peterbilt trucks. Nobody escapes the bloodletting in this heartwarming tale of a family reunited.


I am glad that I was not expecting much, because I got less than that. This 77 minute flick is bad, really bad. The only thing that kept me a lit bit interested was the fact that it dealt with the Pine Barrens and the freaks that are rumored to call that beautiful land home. The direct, script and pacing just seem to plod along in an incoherent way. The acting is uneven, the characters unbelievable, the soundtrack off and there is a total lack of atmosphere or tension. I really cannot figure out if they were trying to make a comedy or not with some of the perverse humor or over-the-top violent outbursts the pop up from time-to-time. While I will not watch this one again, I at least laughed a little. This strange and almost pointless flick is really not worth watching unless you have nothing else to choose from.


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