Celebrate Mother's Day with Horror's 11 Most Memorable Moms
It's that time of year again when we take a moment to honor our moms. And how great they are, right? Well, here at Dread Central we can turn even the most loving moms into something horrific, and in celebration of Mother's Day, we bring you Horror's 11 Most Memorable Moms!
Read on… and eat your vegetables for chrissake!
Okay, so not all the moms on this list are psychotic killers; some are heroes, and some fall somewhere in between. But they're all great for their own reasons. As usual, we'll start out with some honorable mentions, and we certainly have some remarkable moms to speak about. We'll start with Estelle Collingwood (played by Cynthia Carr) in the original Last House on the Left. Only a mother's love could drive a person to bite a guy's Johnson off as an act of revenge! Another great justice-seeking mother was Kate (played by Vera Farmiga) in Orphan. When she realized what Esther was doing to her family, she showed her no mercy.
We also have a few psycho moms to mention, including Mommie Dearest herself, Joan Crawford (played by Faye Dunaway). Yes, it's technically more drama than horror, but any time a film contains a wire hanger beating, it qualifies as horror. Barbara Hershey was a delightfully overprotective mother to the point of instability in Black Swan, and as mentally broken mothers go, it's hard to top Charlotte Gainsbourg as a character simply referred to as "She" in Antichrist. However, deciding to carry your dead baby to term may just top it all as Madeline Matheson (Jordan Ladd) did in Grace. The film shows why that's a really bad idea.
And we're almost obligated to throw some love to the two moms from Troma's Mother's Day (1980) and Darren Lynn Bousman's 2010 remake, Rose Ross as Mother and Rebecca De Mornay as Natalie "Mother" Koffin, respectively.
And when you're wishing your own mom Happy Mother's Day this year, thank her for not being an "Octomom," ridiculously tanned mom or "Plus 8." Talk about horrors!
Mother Firefly (Karen Black in House of 1,000 Corpses and Leslie Easterbrook in The Devil's Rejects)
Played by not one, but two memorable actresses, Mother Firefly had the unenviable task of trying to keep the Firefly clan in line. You could say she did a pretty good job of it, but considering they spent most of their time raping and murdering people, you might think there was some delinquent parenting going on here somewhere. Regardless of that, though, Mother Firefly was nothing if not impressive, and her over-the-top, sultry "way with men" made her an outstanding character and a top mom for sure!
Sarah Scarangelo (Alysson Paradis in Inside (À l'intérieur)
Sarah was a mom just about to give birth to her first baby... and then she showed up. Sarah is confronted by one of the most psychotic women ever captured on film, and she holds up quite well for a woman who's nine months pregnant. Well, she holds up well for a really long time. But Beatrice Dalle's antagonist, known only as La Femme, is simply too much to withstand, and Sarah's motherhood is short-lived.