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.

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Gus Van Sant’s Psycho [REVIEW]

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Let me just grab my walk-man.- Lila

I have a confession to make. Actually make that two. I own the DVD of Gus Van Sant’s remake of the Hitchcock/Slasher classic Psycho. Infamously a cinematic abortion starring sapphic love of Ellen turned an X-Files LARP. In my defense it was an second hand copy for which I paid a dollar. My more shocking confession is that after watching the film start to finish (I had only seen a small portion when I was 12) I actually kind of enjoyed it.

Now put down the torches and pitchforks. Do I think it is absolute sacrilege to remake movies so iconic and important as Psycho? Usually yes… Do I think shot by shot remakes with only minute changes lend themselves to subpar results? Probably ya. But is this version of Psycho actually the back alley baby of everything wrong with the late 90s everyone thinks it is? Kind of maybe…

But if you are able to look at the movie without comparing it to the original but a tribute to the movie. Like a theatre production of the film or a photography exhibition inspired by the movie. It is actually kind of amazing. The way it is framed as a modern update while still respecting the style of the original. If you can look past it as a Hollywood remake and see it more as a art project by fans of the original then it can be enjoyable. It will never be anywhere near Psycho by any stretch of the imagination. I would rather my favourite movies be remade by filmmakers who obviously love the original and look at their films as different takes on films; So iconic in horror they can be reinterpreted in new styles and ways. Much in the way people do with Disney Princesses, Marvel Superheroes or Sailor Moon through fan art.

So while it is definitely not going to be everyone’s cups of tea, if you are looking to watch something interesting and different give Van Sant a chance and check out his near shot for shot remake of Psycho. It is full of 1990’s realness and is perfect for viewing while stoned or playing a drinking game. For example do a shot every time someone notices just how full and pillowy Vince Vaughn’s lips are as Norman Bates. Bonus points for Aragorn’s naked bodeh and Julianne Moore’s cheekbones.