Horror Moms: Mama Bears and Mamas That Scare

Take a break from all the nauseatingly saccharine Mother's Day posts and treat yourself to something with a bit more bite. Celebrate the mothers of horror—from the maternal to the macabre—ranging from working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, stepmothers, mother of creatures, mother of dolls, and more.

P.S. I got to play an extra in one of the below films.


First, the Mama Bears

The mama bears are fiercely protective and have a maternal instinct that kicks into high gear during times of chaos. They are the unsung heroes, perfectly imperfect, sacrificing without resorting to martyrdom. When the going gets tough, the mama bear only gets tougher—even through (or perhaps as a result of) the breakdowns and tears.

Rachel Keller: The Ring

"She wanted that child more than anything in the world. How could she have done that? She just wanted to be heard. Sometimes children yell, or cry... or draw pictures."

Lacy Barrett: Dark Skies

"We have to do something. You heard what he said. This only goes one way!"

Chris MacNeil: The Exorcist

"And I'm telling you that 'thing' upstairs isn't my daughter. Now, I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter, except in her mind. You tell me for a fact that an exorcism wouldn't do any good. You tell me that!"

Amelia Vanek: The Babadook

"You are nothing. You're nothing! This is my house! You are trespassing in my house! If you touch my son again, I'll fucking kill you!"

Yoshimi Matsubara: 

Dark Water

"She can't have these. We don't know who they belong to."

Clara Webb: Byzantium

"My mother did three things for me. One, she spared my life the day that I was born. Two, she paid for my upkeep on her knees and on her back. And three, she gave me the story I can never tell." (Eleanor Webb)

Heather Langenkamp: New Nightmare

"I meant to bring him his dinosaur, Rex. Rex keeps Freddy from... Every kid knows about Freddy. He's like Santa Claus or King Kong."

Shideh: Under the Shadow

"That thing didn't crash here by accident. I think it brought something with it."

Wendy Torrance: The Shining

"Jack, there's someone else in the hotel with us! There's a crazy woman in one of the rooms!... He went up into one of the bedrooms, the door was open, and he saw this crazy woman in the bathtub! She tried to strangle him!"


Next, the Mamas That Scare

Some of us are all too familiar with this category. The 'Mommie Dearests' with a permanent case of the Manic Mondays. The mothers who are as cruel as they are kind. Mothers who are so haunted by their past they project it onto everything and everyone around them. These moms are bad mamma-jamas... just as mean as they can be.

Margaret White: Carrie 

"I should've given you to God when you were born, but I was weak and backsliding, and now the devil has come home. We'll pray... we'll pray for the last time, we'll pray."

Mary Brady: Sleepwalkers

"Come in, Tanya. I have something for you."

Mary Shaw: 

Dead Silence

"Beware the stare of Mary Shaw. She had no children only dolls. And if you see her in your dreams. Be sure to never ever scream."

Nana: The Visit

"Would you mind getting inside the oven to clean it?"

Mama: Mama

"A ghost is an emotion bent out of shape, condemned to repeat itself... until it rights the wrong that was done." (Louise)

Eun-joo Heo: Tale of Two Sisters

"Do know what's really scary? You want to forget something. Totally wipe it off your mind. But you never can. It can't go away, you see. And... it follows you around like a ghost.

Norma Bates: Psycho

"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. Haven't you?" (Norman Bates)

Nola Carveth: The Brood

"Isolation is part of my therapy, Frank. What's been happening to me has been just too strange. Too strange for me to share with anyone from my old life."

Pamela Voorhees: Friday the 13th

"Did you know a young boy drowned the year before those two others were killed? The counselors weren't paying any attention... They were making love while that young boy drowned. His name was Jason."

Who are your favorite moms of horror? Please share in the comments below!