Mother's Day review

Mum goes murderous...

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Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-IV) reworks Charles Kaufman’s 1980 Troma schlocker – itself a Texas Chain Saw, Last House On The Left , Friday The 13th hybrid – into a torture-heavy home-invasion thriller.

Moments of ill-advised irony aside, a taut-faced Rebecca De Mornay impresses as the composedly nutty matriarch who leads her three sons and daughter (True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll) in terrorising a middle-class party.

Too long and with too many characters to get through, Mother’s Day holds effective sequences, ramming home its (recycled) message: the animal lurks in us all.

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Editor-at-Large, Total Film

Jamie Graham is the Editor-at-Large of Total Film magazine. You'll likely find them around these parts reviewing the biggest films on the planet and speaking to some of the biggest stars in the business – that's just what Jamie does. Jamie has also written for outlets like SFX and the Sunday Times Culture, and appeared on podcasts exploring the wondrous worlds of occult and horror.