Horror Film Director

Mothers Day…


Posted on January 19th, by Darren Lynn Bousman in blog, Mother's Day. 6 comments

I have been told that making a movie is a lot like having a kid…

The emotions… The ups, the downs…

You birth this project – and raise it… It becomes a part of you… And then, at some point you push it out into the world, hoping it finds its way…

You might have other kids… But ALL of them remain near and dear to you… No matter how many other kids come out of your loins…

SAW 3 is as important to me as REPO… Which is as important to me as SAW 4… They are just… different…

So in comes Mother’s Day… My latest child… One that was pushed into the world last year…

It has been awhile since I have addressed this topic, so I thought with the release of the… um… trailer… We should reopen the scrapbook…

As a director, the hardest part of the job is not the preproduction… or shooting… or even the editing… it’s the letting go…

Mother’s Day became one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had as a director… I was blessed with one of the best ensemble casts I have ever seen in a film like this…

I mean come on… Rebecca DeMornay…

On top of the cast… I had some of the most passionate producers I have had a chance to work with…

The entire experience was awesome…

The problem I have with filmmaking:  there comes a point when you hand the movie over… and have to walk away… where you no longer become a controller… you become a spectator.

For me, that was last May… There is not a day that goes by that I don’t have to remind myself that my part is over… and the film is now in somebody else’s control…

I turned the cut in, shook everyone’s hand, and started working towards my next flick…

The hardest part for me now is the NOT KNOWING…

When we made REPO, we had NO IDEA what it would turn into… We knew WE loved it – and hoped when we put it out into the world others would love it too…  The months that surrounded the release of Repo were harsh to say the least… The waiting… the NOT KNOWING…

With each movie, one would think it gets easier… But it never does…

I, like you, anxiously await Mother’s Day news… posters… trailers…

Two days ago, the DP Joseph White and I were at lunch on 11 11 11 when we saw the foreign trailer…

We had no clue it was online – nor did we see it before it went up…

It’s disheartening, as a parent, sitting back, and watching your child being introduced into the world.

We all worked so hard, to then open the internet and see a trailer for Mother’s Day with the wrong aspect ration… that wasn’t color corrected… the sound design was out of sync… and what the heck was the music in the trailer… Trust me, it ain’t anywhere in the movie…

It’s a foreign trailer, and if that is what sells the movie overseas than so be it… I trust them…

But, part of me wanted to climb to the tallest building and start screaming…

NO… WAIT!!! The movie is BETTER than that trailer!!!

But alas, all I have is this blog… and you, my dear readers…

What you saw leaked online this week was something we edited together for AFM WHILE we were still filming the movie… It was a sales tool, to be shown to a handful of people…

“Look what we are filming” type of thing…

But the internet, as I have learned, is like a bad STD:  it spreads quickly, and burns badly.

Within an hour, that foreign trailer had found its way on most genre sites.

THIS would be your first look at Mother’s Day. Not exactly what I would have hoped for… but, it is what it is…

As I have stated numerous times, Mother’s Day is my best film to date… Now, there are those out in the world who FEVERISHLY disagree with that statement… But as I look back on my films… I accomplished exactly what I set out to with the movie…

A brutal, shocking, emotional, intense film that would divide people. Much like the characters in the movie are… Divided.

I am excited about what comes next… What scene, or trailer, or poster will make its way online…

At this point, I am like you… I wake up and anxiously check my favorite genre sites wondering what, if anything, has been released…

Not sure I will ever get over the whole… Letting go part… I think I will always be the overbearing parent…  Even on things outside of my control.

dlb





  • Chris

    I am definitely sure that the movie itself will be much better than any trailer that comes out.

    That German trailer may have been done before the movie was fully done being edited, but either way, my interest in this movie can only increase, and that “trailer” definitely helped.

    I can’t wait for the official trailer… no… I can’t wait to finally see the MOVIE. I know it will be awesome:)

  • Chris

    I am definitely sure that the movie itself will be much better than any trailer that comes out.

    That German trailer may have been done before the movie was fully done being edited, but either way, my interest in this movie can only increase, and that “trailer” definitely helped.

    I can’t wait for the official trailer… no… I can’t wait to finally see the MOVIE. I know it will be awesome:)

  • Donna

    Agreed, the music was hideous. Hopefully all the true fans are coming straight to the source for updates on the release, trailers, etc.

  • Chelsea Bradley!

    First, let me just say you’re my second favorite director (Stanley Kubrick being first, sorry. A Clockwork Orange owns.) Your films are incredible. You take horror to a new level in a time when it’s nearly impossible to find a tolerable horror movie.
    My mom knows how excited I am for this movie, it’s practically all I’ve talked about since I heard you were remaking the film. So when SHE came across the foreign trailer this afternoon, she sent me the link. Luckily I had already read this blog, and I politely refused. I would rather wait for YOUR trailer than see one you’re so disappointed in. I don’t need to see that trailer to know that this film is going to be great- I have faith in you because you’ve NEVER produced a bad movie, and I don’t think you’ll be starting any time soon. It’s too early for people to start making judgements. Your true fans will see the movie before deciding if it’s your best work. We love you and can’t WAIT for Mother’s Day!

  • rammmses@gmx.de

    Have to admit that the first trailer doesn’t look good. But I think that’s more to poor editing style and because they were apparently using an unfinished version of the film. I mean there is no color correction at all. I guess the film will look much better. Still looking forward to it.

  • http://www.tvqc.com/ Jeff-TVQC

    which song are playing in the new trailer? The last one is pretty amazing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC4–dM0wwM