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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Neill Bloomkamp’s Alien [NEWS]

Neill Bloomkamp the director of District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie has been brought on to produce his take on the Alien franchise according to Variety. Bloomkamp’s concept art for the project was released when the director realized he may never end up doing the film and released the art work online. He hadn’t been working with Fox and had done the conceptual work in his down time. Fan response to the art work and rumors that Sigourney Weaver would be game to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley from the original franchise. With a sequel to the proto-prequel Prometheus due out in 2016, the earliest this would see theatres would likely be 2017. Check out the mind blowing concept art that got Bloomkamp the job.

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Who You Gonna Call? [R.I.P]

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Harold Ramis who co-wrote and co-starred in the classic Ghosterbusters and Ghostbusters II passed away yesterday. The comedy legend also wrote Animal House, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, and Meatballs. But to horror fans and kids of the 80s he will always be Egon, the parapsychologist who saved New York from a giant Stay Puft Man.

It is always a sad day when an actor known for a film as popular as Ghostbusters. When I heard the news, the first thing I thought after the initial shock wore off, is that news like this will become more and more prevalent as I get older. With Ramis the first star of the franchise to pass away it made me wonder what will happen when the news comes that someone like Annie Potts or Rick Moranis passes away? What will we do when we go to check facebook or the news and find that Sigourney Weaver is no longer with us?

So in memory of Harold Ramis I suggest to take a moment to watch Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. The laughs, scares and effects still hold up incredibly well. The original was released 30 years ago this June. Thank you Harold, for giving the world the third greatest gift, laughter.

Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II are both currently available for streaming on Netflix.