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[Editorial] Happy Mother’s Day: 10 Moms In Horror Movies

Edith Brennan – Mama (2013)

On the day that their parents die, sisters Lilly and Victoria vanish in the woods, prompting a frantic search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his girlfriend, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). Five years later, the girls are found alive and well in a decaying cabin. Lucas and Annabel welcome them into their home to try and reintroduce the children to some semblance of normalcy. Annabel discovers that someone or something still wants to tuck them in at night. Mama is a great mother, it’s just that she’s dead and very scary.

Laurie Strode – Halloween (2018)

Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) suffers from PTSD stemming from a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night 40 years ago. first run in with Michael Myers. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill.–but this time, she’s ready for him. Laurie has been training for years, even going so far as to training her daughter. Will Laurie exact revenge?

Mary Brady – Sleepwalkers (1992)

When newcomers Mary Brady (Alice Krige) and her son Charles (Brian Krause), settle into town, the local residents do not suspect that they’re shape-shifters looking to feed on the town’s virgin girls. Though they normally maintain a human form, they can transform into human-sized bipedal werecats, their natural form, at will. They have powers of both telekinesis and illusion. Mary has to protect her son from cats, their only weaknesses. Cats can see through their illusions and can inflict fatal wounds on them with their claws. Sleepwalkers is one of the best horror movies of the 90’s.

Morticia Addams – The Addams Family Values (1993)

Morticia Addams has been around for decades, first on the small screen, and the big screen years later. She is the matriarch of the Addams family, a wife and mother of three children. She’s an independent woman. She’s in a mutually respectful relationship with her husband Gomez. Morticia’s also a witch. She is relationship goals.

Other Mother – Coraline (2009)

The Bedlam is the main antagonist in Coraline, best known as the “Other Mother” to her victims. She’s a shape-shifting entity who can transform into any child’s mother, trying to lure kids into the other world and eventually keep them captive. She creates beautiful things to entice and lure her victims. After a while, she convinces the children to let her sew buttons into their eyes, consuming their lives and stealing their souls.

Norma Bates – Psycho (1998)

Norma Bates was the domineering mother of Norman Bates. After Norman murdered her, he stole his mother’s corpse and mummified it. He began to act as though she was still alive and would hear her speak to him. He also believed that she was responsible for several murders that took place on the motel property. Norman developed a murderous split personality based on her.

Sue Ann – Ma (2019)

Ma is about a lonely woman, Sue Ann (Octavia Spencer), who befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. Sue Ann likes to be called Ma, and she struggles with social rejection, peer pressure, and bullying. All of that trauma leads to violence.

Xenomorph Queen – Aliens (1986)

Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is at it again. This time facing off against the Xenomorph Queen and her colony. Aliens is arguably the best film in the series, and rightfully so, given the storyline, cast, and the Xenomorph Queen. Ripley encounters the queen in the egg chamber. Things get off to a bad start when Ripley burns one of the queen’s newly hatched babies with a flamethrower. The queen is enraged and pursues Ripley and her team. The group narrowly escape the explosion that consumed the colony. But mama’s not done yet. The queen escapes with the group, and tries to exact her revenge. She falls short on her revenge tour, though.

Margaret White – Carrie (1976)

Margaret White (Piper Laurie) is simply insane. She’s super religious and very superstitious. Too bad her daughter, Carrie, has telekinetic powers. Margaret assumes her daughter is evil, so the fanatically pious mother abuses the poor girl. Carrie gets revenge on her mother in grand fashion.

Pamela Voorhees – Friday the 13th (1980)

Pamela Voorhees is the ultimate boy mom. She will do anything for her boy. She slays in her mom jeans. To top it off, she delivers some of the best dialogue in horror cinema. Her voice is elegantly eerie. You can feel her pain and anger, as it reaches a tipping point. Revenge never looked so friendly.

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