Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Darren Lynn Bousman‘s brutally violent re-imagining of a Troma film of the same name, Mother’s Day, was originally scheduled for released on April 1. Suffice to say, that won’t be happening as we’ve yet to see an official trailer, poster, or anything for the horror film starring Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King and Shawn Ashmore. It played at Fantastic Fest 2010, was picked up for distribution by a small company called Gigapix Studios (which promised Bousman over 1,000 theaters for its release) and then vanished off the face of the earth. Bousman has since went on to shoot and sell a whole other movie, 11-11-11, while Mother’s Day is gearing up for release, both theatrically and on DVD, in other markets. But what about North America? Bousman spoke exclusively to Shock Till You Drop about the situation you can read his quotes below.
Thanks to Shock Till You Drop for these quotes. Here’s Bousman:
At one point we were releasing on April 1 then the weekend became over run with other genre flicks – I think the distributor wanted a quieter weekend. At this point I am only speculating – as I am not involved at all regarding the release… With Saw, or Repo! The Genetic Opera I was working with a company I had a strong relationship with as I had done numerous films with them. Lionsgate always kept me in the loop so I always knew where we were. This is not the case unfortunately this time out – for the most part, I get information the same time you do. When I wake up, I scour the genre sites seeing what, if any information has been released.
STYD then asked is the film was still going to be released theatrically:
I emailed back and forth over the weekend with one of peeps at the distribution company. They assured me again it is coming out in theaters here – it is not a DVD release. As for a date, that I can’t give you. I know their plan is soon – as in second quarter of this year. Hopefully my obsessive emailing wears them out and they announce one soon. This has been my hardest experience as a filmmaker as hands down Mother’s Day is my best film to date. I have never been more proud of a film I have worked on. However, it’s also the most brutal film I have done – this is not a light-hearted romp with mama. It’s intense, it’s violent, it’s dramatic. As much as it is tearing me apart waiting – I would rather wait and have them put the movie out at the right time – then just dump it on some crammed weekend. I know a lot of my fans are sick and tired of waiting, trust me, no one is more sick and tired than I am. I hope they stay with me and this flick as I truly believe it will be worth the wait. It’s a much different animal than say, Saw or Repo. It’s more ‘adult’ if that makes any sense.
We’ll be sure to keep an eye out and see what Gigapix has up their sleeves…maybe they’ll actually release it ON Mother’s Day? That would be a stroke of marketing genius, would it not?
Click here for our previous coverage on Mother’s Day including a review, and trailers/posters used in selling the movie.