Movies for Mother’s Day [LIST]

Happy Mother’s Day! Let’s celebrate how awesome Moms are with some freaky movies about moms.

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The Others I remember seeing the film for the first time and being so completely blown away. The trailers under sold what ended up being one of the best horror movies of the early 2000s. For those unfamiliar with the film, Nicole Kidman plays widow and mother to two children who are allergic to sunlight. What follows is a ghost story for the ages.

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Serial Mom is more of a black comedy than a horror comedy. But watching as Beverly causes mayhem and blood shed in suburban Baltimore is hysterical. John Waters completely subverts the archetype of the perfect mother in a way only the Pope of Filth could manage with such style.

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Inside isn’t a feel good movie for Moms. It is however a completely terrifying movie for mothers. French Extremism and home invasion collide in a sparse minimal story of a woman, pregnant and recently widowed as she defends herself from a woman who is willing to do anything to get her hands on the unborn child.

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Carrie wouldn’t be Carrie without Piper Laurie’s completely bat shit take on shut in religious fanatic Margaret White. Whether she is screaming about dirty pillows, throwing Sissy Spacek in closets or misquoting the Bible, she is the mom we are all glad we didn’t have. I mean imagine if Carrie had a cool mom?

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The Babadook is equal parts modern fairy tale and character study as horror. A mother unravels as she is overwhelmed by the stresses of motherhood and her own darkness. Original as it is scary, there is a reason it topped so many best of lists when it dropped 2 years ago.

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Goodnight Mommy got into my bones the first time I saw it. The cold aloof Mommy. The mischievous twins. The bugs. The way it plays with audience perception. It is a film that uses a slow and ever building sense of dread that bursts into horror while completely changing your view of the events depicted.

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Rosemary’s Baby is any list complete without you? I think not. Mia Farrow is iconic as Rosemary as she slowly becomes convinced something isn’t right. With her apartment, her husband, neighbours and even her unborn child. Mother hood can be terrifying, let alone when you are mother to the Antichrist.

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Friday The 13th Pamela will always be scarier than Jason. That hair. The sweater. The turtle neck. And most importantly the completely unhinged look in her eyes. A mother driven by grief and out for blood, even if it’s symbolic revenge. I mean come on, she brings her mentally handicapped son to camp, and he drowns cause horny teenagers weren’t paying attention. She has a pretty compelling reason for going crazy and massacring teens.

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Aliens: The Director’s Cut, yes the director’s cut! Why? Well the original cut had WAY MORE MOM STUFF. One of the most important parts being a scene in the first act where Ripley finds out her daughter died two years ago at the age of 66. Ripley promised to be home for her 11th birthday. It makes Newt that much more important. Her parents are killed by Aliens. Aliens prevented Ripley from being a mom to her daughter. Not to mention Aliens has the Queen Xenomorph. It’s a theme you guys.

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Psycho is the mother of all modern horror films. See what I did there? Norman and his Mommy Dearest are part of the greatest misdirect in film history. Hitchcock starts Psycho off as the story of a woman who stole some money from her boss, cause apparently she was dickmatized. But then suddenly the movie is peepholes, shower murders, cross dressing and mummified mothers. The perfect combination of classy and terrifying for Mother’s Day.

Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie [REVIEW]

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I’ve been asked to prom. – Carrie

Ask a horror fan about their favourite movies and many of them will bring up Brian DePalma’s horror masterpiece Carrie. Released in 1976 the film earned Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie Academy Award nods and helped turn Spacek into a massive star (along with her break out role in Badlands). So when it was first announced that the powers that be would be remaking Carrie every horror fan braced themselves for the inevitable abortion that would be the remake. Like many works based on a Stephen King novel, there have been several iterations since Sissy went to prom. We had The Rage: Carrie 2 and a ho-hum made for TV adaptation featuring¬† Angela Bettis (May, The Woman). And Kimberly Pierce was announced as the director we cautiously peeked out from our bunkers with curiosity. Could the woman who brought us Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena in the Oscar Winning Boys Don’t Cry offer us a fresh take on everyone’s home schooled telepath.

The answer is complicated. Did the remake of Carrie shit the bed? Nope. Did it completely reinvent the original? Not really. Instead we got a relevant update which explored the theme of alienation and bullying in a way that really resonates even more in today’s society. We also got a handful of interesting differences that were omitted from the original adaptation. What we are left with is a good but not great film with a few stand out roles and a bit too much CGI.

Julianne Moore slays as the psychotic Margaret White. Where as Piper Laurie was campily unhinged a mess of nightgown and giant hair, Moore gives us a woman so completely paralyzed by her own beliefs that she thinks she is dying of cancer in the opening scene when she in actuality is giving birth. Moore bangs her head, cuts herself and passively aggressively smothers Carrie and manages to be a real stand out as always.

Judy Greer as everyone’s favorite student slapping gym teacher is all kinds of perfection. She’s the kind of woman who gets how fucked up high school can be. The girl who plays Chris is another delightful reworking of the original character. At times she reminded me of a wounded animal. Terrified but at the same time and that terror makes me incredibly dangerous.

Chloe Grace Moretz does an admirable job playing Carrie. While her acting is fantastic she definitely stands out as by far the most conventionally pretty actress to play the role and as such I often found it hard to sympathize with her.¬† But that seems as though it may be Pierce and Moretz’s intention in that where as DePalma’s Carrie was weak willed and helpless, their version realizes her true power.

Aside from some shots that could have used a bit more restraint, I enjoyed most of the effects. A stand out was the pigs blood scene which they actually managed to do well. Over all I enjoyed the film and likely would have really liked it if I didn’t have such strong affinity for the original film. I still remember the first time I saw Carrie murder her classmates while her mother’s voice echoed along. All in all it’s no where near as offensive to my nostalgia as the Nightmare On Elm Street remake or the Doug Bradley-less Hellraiser and I am sure it will likely be very popular among the younger horror hounds.