The Mothers Of Horror

May 10, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

Today we celebrate the mothers that made us who we are. Let us take a look at the mothers who made our favorite horror characters who they are and moms who made some of our favorite horror movies awesome.

  • Norma Bates : Mother to Norman Bates. Norma and Norman’s relationship was key to Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ (1960). Through out the original movie we see glimpses of Norma moving about and committing murder or did we? No, at the end of the movie we find out it was all Norman, played by Anthony Perkins, dressed as his mom. Norma has been dead for years and kept in the house in her chair. We also learn of the strange relationship between Norma and Norman. The question is, was the relationship that turned Norman into a twisted killer or was he just born that way? The film spawned several sequels, a remake (1998) and the series ‘Bates Motel’.

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“A boy’s best friend is his mother”


  •  Pamela Vorhees : Mother to Jason Vorhees.  Pamela was the main antagonist of the original ‘Friday the 13th’ . Pamela served as a cook for Camp Crystal Lake during Jason’s childhood. After Jason’s death, she took revenge on the camp counselors who bullied Jason and that she thought was responsible for his death.

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“You let him drown! You never paid any attention. Look what you did to him.”


  • Rosemary Woodhouse : Rosemary, played by Mia Farrow, is the main character of the 1968 film ‘Rosemary’s Baby’. In the film Rosemary and her actor husband Guy move into a new apartment building and are greeted by an odd array of characters. One night Rosemary goes to bed not feeling well and suffers horrible nightmares, but are they nightmares? Over the next few days she sees flashbacks of  a strange beast forcing itself on her. Soon she finds out she is pregnant. Suddenly Guy is being given great roles. In the end it turns out Rosemary’s baby is the offspring of the devil and all of the great luck she and Guy have had is at the hands of a cult.

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Rosemary: “What have you done to him? What have you done to his eyes, you maniacs!”

Roman: “He has his father’s eyes.”

  •  Margaret White : There are few overbearing, over religious moms like Margaret White (Piper Laurie). She made her daughter Carrie’s life miserable. With constant prayer, preaching and restrictions, she sheltered Carrie beyond reason. Carrie has a hard time at school where she is constantly bullied by a group of mean girls. When Carrie discovers she has telekinetic powers she finds a new confidence and when the coolest guy in school asks her to the prom, she thinks things are getting better, until some of the bullies dump a bucket of pig’s blood on her while she’s being crowned Prom Queen. After killing a gym full of people she heads home, but Margaret is waiting with a knife. When Margaret attacks her daughter she is killed. Honestly, she was a horrible mother.

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“They’re all gonna laugh at you!”


  • Joan Crawford : Few movies are as hard to watch as ‘Mommy Dearest’ (1981). The movie is based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of Joan. In the movie we witness the horrible abuse of Christine at the hands of her famous mother. The movie is listed as a biographical drama, but is considered a horror by almost every one who has seen it.

“No wire Hangers!”

  • Donna Trenton : While taking the family car to a mechanic in the country, Donna (Dee Wallace) and her young son are trapped in their car, which won’t start, by the mechanic’s rabid St. Bernard, Cujo. There is no one to help, the dog has killed it’s owner and is actively trying to get inside the car. Her son is ill and Donna must find a way to get help for him. ‘Cujo’ (1983) was based on a novel by Stephen King.

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“Fuck you dog!”


  • Amelia : Six years after the death of her husband, Amelia is struggling to cope with her loss and her young, troubled, son. One day he finds a strange book. When Amelia reads the book to her son at bed time, she unleashes an entity called the “Babadook”. Amelia spends the movie fighting against the creature to save her son and her self.

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“If you touch my son again, I’ll fucking kill you!”



  • Mama : Two semi feral children are found in an abandoned house in the woods. The girl’s parents were killed. The kids lived alone for five years before they were rescued and sent to live with their uncle and his girlfriend. The couple, Annabel and Lucas, soon discovers that something has followed the children. The kids whisper and refer to the entity as “Mama”, but “Mama” does not want to share the girls. ‘Mama’ was released in 2013.

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“Daddy! There’s a woman outside… She’s not touching the floor!”

  • Sarah : In the french film ‘Inside’ (2007) the movie follows a woman four months after the death of her husband Sarah, who is in the late stages of pregnancy, is being stalked by a woman who wants her baby. There is nothing Sarah won’t do to protect her unborn child.

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