Tiffany's Favorite Horror Moms

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 by

I started watching horror movies with my mom at a very young age. We used to spend Sundays doing pedicures, eating snacks, and watching 1970s slashers. In fact, my fondest memory is of us putting up the Christmas tree and watching the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre every year. I spent my first mother's day away from my mom this year and was inspired to celebrate some excellent ladies in horror and compile a list of my favorite horror moms in her honor. Happy Mother's Day!

Constance Langdon - American Horror Story

I mentioned briefly in my April Box of Dread video that I love AHS. Constance doesn't have the strongest parenting skills, but I truly believe she has her family's best interest at heart. Constance is the sassy, attractive mom I hope to be some day. (Without the chaining up my disabled son in the attic, you know.) JESSICA LANGE FOREVER.

Mrs. Loomis - Scream 2

Sidney Prescott must die. Mrs. Loomis (ol' Wes Craven, always throwing in other horror references) is a classic case of "you killed my son and you will pay" revenge. Mrs. Loomis may not be the best mother (after abandoning Billy after her husband had an affair with Sidney's late mother, whoops!) but she is one smart cookie. Laurie Metcalf's only greater role was as Jackie on Roseanne. 

Joan Crawford - Mommie Dearest

Mommie Dearest absolutely earns a spot on a horror list because Joan Crawford was an actual nightmare. The worst thing about this is that it's real life, but the best thing about it is that Faye Dunaway is phenomenal. The real question is, why did Joan Crawford actually spend $300 on a child's dress?

Margaret White - Carrie 

"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Margaret White might be my favorite horror mother, and though I love Piper Laurie's Margaret, I really think Julianne Moore is my favorite. Margaret sincerely believes she is protecting Carrie and purifying her by murdering her, (because she was conceived in marital rape and has telekinetic powers) but dies in the process. I specifically love the martyr symbolism in the 1976 film.

Vera Cosgrove - Dead Alive (Braindead)

DEAD ALIVE IS THE BEST. SO GROSS. Vera, jealous of her son, Lionel's, new lady friend, stalks him and is bit by the Sumatran rat-monkey and becomes a zombie thing. But wait, there's more. THEN SHE SUCKS HIM INTO HER WOMB AND HE USES A CROSS TO CUT HIS WAY OUT. WHAT? AWESOME. 

Norma Bates - Psycho

Norma's son, Norman, poisoned both her and her boyfriend after becoming envious of their relationship. He is then so struck with guilt that he mummifies her and takes over her persona. Norman is the real murderer in Psycho, but Norma's character is so iconic and she deserves a spot on the list. "It's not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes."

Mrs. Vorhees - Friday The 13th

Obviously. Mrs. Vorhees might be the most well known horror mother of all time, and for good reason because she is actually a bad ass. A couple of camp counselors at Crystal Lake neglected her child and let him drown, and Mrs. Vorhees seeks revenge when the camp is reopened. I like to think Betsy Palmer actually stabbed Kevin Bacon from underneath his bed. (Seriously, one of my favorite slasher deaths ever.) 

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