For Mother’s Day, I look at 20 of my favorite kick ass and terrifying matriarchal progenitors — the most beloved and dysfunctional mothers of horror.
The word mother is usually associated with a devoted, nurturing caregiver; a person you can count on to love their children unconditionally. But in maternal horror films, these women can be a person to fear — either because someone is threatening their offspring in some way, they aren’t who you think they are, or they are actually a danger to their own children.
When I started making the list, I was astounded. So many wonderfully creepy mothers! There are way too many maternal horror films to be in just one article. So, I picked my top 20 horror film and TV moms. I hope some of your favs are on here — and possibly (hopefully) some you have not seen before.
As a mom who quite often dresses like a zombie and writes horror reviews, I feel I am qualified to pick some equally bad ass mommies. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: These mommy dearests are not presented in any order of importance. They are all different; some demented, irreverent monsters, and many are just protecting their babies by whatever means they feel is necessary.