Scary Moms of Cinema: Mother’s Day Special

Mother’s Day is almost here, and this year, we wanted to pay tribute to some of our favorite “scary moms” out there in cinema.

Here's our round up:

The Babadook
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, a monster that may be part of her.

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

Mommie Dearest
The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

The People Under the Stairs
Two adults and a juvenile burglar break into a house occupied by a brother and sister and their stolen children and become trapped.

Serial Mom
A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defense of her family.

Rosemary’s Baby
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Throw Momma From The Train
A bitter ex-husband and a put-upon momma's boy both want their respective former spouse and mother dead. Who will pull it off?

Friday the 13th
Before Jason even hurt a fly, his mother Mrs. Vorhees was stalking and murdering campers in the first movie of this series.

Dead Alive
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Scream 2
Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins and SPOILER ALERT: it’s the mother of one of the first film’s killers!

The Woman in Black
A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a mother who wants to avenge the drowning of her son years ago.

An L.A. man is shocked to discover that his loving and caring elderly mother has become a vicious werewolf.

Mother’s Day
Two brothers kidnap and brutalize three women for the pleasure of their demented mother in this cult flick.

The Baby
A domineering mother keeps her 20-something son in an infantile state with intimidation, abuse, and the occasional electric cattle prod in this twisted cult favorite.

A wannabe mother tries to take the unborn child of an expectant mother by any means necessary.

Mama is a demonic spirit who becomes obsessed with two little girls who have been abandoned in the woods. She then kills anyone who gets too close to her new babies.

A twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

Cover Up

A cannibal who, even after being institutionalized for eating her husband, keeps on chompin’, and raises a daughter who is into cannibalism too.

—List Compiled By Jennifer L. Jacobson, for AtmosFX
Note: Movie descriptions courtesy of IMDB.

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