December 1, 2010
You're An Evil Woman: Top 5 Mothers in Horror
If you want to know a few things that make me so very happy, it's talking about awesome mothers and horror films. Over at From Midnight, With Love, The Mike has asked his Midnight Warriors (followers) to talk about mothers in horror films. I knew right away this Warrior had to do something. So for my post I've decided to share my top five mothers that have somehow frightened me over the years with their devilish ways. Hope you enjoy!
Here is the woman who has been there with me through it all. Love you, mom!
5. Vera "Mum" Cosgrove (Dead Alive/Braindead 1992)
Vera Cosgrove (Elizabeth Moody) was just plain vile. Being a mean old bitch is one thing, but not allowing your son to fall in love is just heartbreaking. It's like every mother's dream of watching their child find true love and get married, but old Vera doesn't care. She wanted her son all to herself. Lionel (Timothy Balme) was more of a errand boy than he was a son in Vera's eyes. For the fact that Mrs. Cosgrove lied to her son about his father is a reason why she deserved to be bitten by that infected rat-monkey.
4. Debbie Salt/Mrs. Loomis (Scream 2, 1997)
One thing I love about horror films is seeing an actor or actress I love switch roles. As a child, I always remembered watching Laurie Metcalf play the funny and off-the-wall, Jackie on Rosanne. Then when I saw her in Scream 2, she was the total opposite of Jackie. She was a little on the psychotic side there with her role as Billy Loomis' mother, Debbie. Debbie sort of reminded me of Mrs. Voorhees, she wanted revenge over the loss of her son. The only problem I had with her though was that she blamed everything on everyone else but herself. Yeah Sidney's mother, Maureen, slept around a lot with men like Mr. Loomis, but Debbie didn't have to abandon her own son over it.
3. Woman/Mom/Mrs. Robeson (The People Under the Stairs, 1991)
Mrs. Robeson (Wendy Robie) was one sick and twisted "mother". Just for the fact that she was carrying out an incestuous relationship with her brother, Eldon, (who love to dress up in full leather BDSM gear) for many years is disgusting to me enough, but what grosses me out even more is how they raised their children. Who knew being parent involved hiding your children in the basement and referring them as the "people under the stairs"? Did I also mention that these children no longer had their eyes, tongues, and ears? It's true, 'cause "mommy" and "daddy" wanted the "people under the stairs" to 'hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil'. How messed up is that? Mrs. Robeson was so horrible that she didn't even deserve to be called a mother.
2. Pamela Voorhees (Friday the 13th, 1980)
The mother of all horror mothers is definitely Mrs. Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) without a doubt. Getting pregnant at fifteen and being disowned by those around her, the only person in Pamela Voorhees' life was her son, Jason. Then after he drowned, it was like she had lost everything. This was a woman so torn up over the loss of her son, to the point where she was hearing voices that were telling her to kill. I think the reason why Pamela Voorhees is one of those mothers that we never forget is for the fact that she would risk anything for her child.
1. Margaret White (Carrie, 1976)
Never was I so afraid to go near my own mother and become a woman, than the time I first saw Piper Laurie as Margaret White in Carrie. My first horror film experience was Carrie at the age of five and seeing Margaret White abuse her own daughter physically and verbally absolutely terrified me. I seriously thought my mother was going to start telling me that I had dirty pillows and that everything was a sin. I think I even cried after watching it for the first time due to the way Margaret was treating Carrie. When a character like that can somehow have that effect on me, they can guarantee themselves a number one spot on my list.
This is for all of you evil ladies out there...
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