Posted June 9, 2011 by Marcia Degia - Publisher in Features
 
 

The Best Of The Worse Moms


June 10 sees
the release of
Mother’s Day, a
nerve-wracking thriller starring the legendary Rebecca
De Mornay as the terrifying mother of a family of criminals. Of course De
Mornay is just the latest in a long line of memorable on-screen mums. So to
mark its release, let’s take a look at the best, worst, and craziest mothers in
the history of cinema.


Norma Bates
– Psycho

In
Hitchcock’s classic masterpiece, Janet Leigh’s fugitive on the run thinks that
Norman Bates’ is a shy, sweet young man, dominated by his overbearing mother
Norma. Little does she know that Norma dies years ago and the ‘Norma’ that she
can she is just Norman’s split personality on a murderous rampage! Spoiler warning,
though the film is over half a century old!

Marge
Simpson – The Simpsons Movie

With her
distinctive towering blue hair (not to mention the trademark Simpson yellow
skin) Marge is well-meaning and extremely patient mother of the Simpson family,
and one of the most famous mums on the planet (even if she is just a cartoon).
Marge made the leap to the big screen alongside the rest of the family when the
long-running animated sitcom finally had its own cinematic spin off in 2007.

Mary Lee
Johnston – Precious

Mo’nique won
an Oscar for performance as the monstrous, abusive mother of Gabourey Sididbe’s
titular troubled teenager. Previously best known as comedienne, she came out of
nowhere to winner the Best Supporting Actress statuette and in the process created
one of the most horrible characters in recent cinematic memory. It is to her
and the filmmaker’s credit that that no matter how horrendous Mary Lee gets,
she is always portrayed as a real, if very flawed, human being and never
stumbles into cartoonish caricature.

Mrs Iselin –
The Manchurian Candidate

SPOILER
WARNING! In this classic cold war thriller, damaged veteran Frank Sinartra
suffers from nightmares that decorated war hero Laurence Harvey is actually a
trained assassin. Of course, nothing is what it seems , and in the shocking
finale, it’s revealed Harvey’s
scheming mother, played with venomous relish by Murder She Wrote’s Angela
Lansbury (main photo), has been brainwashing her son her along!

Mrs. Gump –
Forrest Gump

In this
classic generation-spanning comedy-drama, Forrest Gump’s mother is one of the
few constants in his eventful life, and there’s not a dry eye in the house when
she passes away. Sally Field gives a tender performance as kind, strong woman
who stands by her son no matter what. Interesting fact – Despite playing his
on-screen mother, Sally Field is only 10 years older than Tom Hanks.

Isabel Kelly
– Stepmom

In this
classic modern tear-jerker, Susan Sanrandon plays Jackie, a divorced mother who
clashes with her husband’s new girl friend Isabel (Julia Roberts), fearing that
she’s bad for her children. But when Jackie is diagnosed with terminal cancer,
they both learn that you can be a fantastic, loving mother without necessarily
being a biological parent.

“The
Mother” Natalie Koffin – Mother’s Day

A group of
brothers on the run from the law burst into a party and take the guests hostage
– so far, it’s not too different to your average home invasion thriller. But
then the boy’s call in their dear old mum – the sadistic, evil, darkly humorous
and absolutely terrifying Rebecca De Mornay. Screen
legend De Mornay gives a performance of a life time in this summer’s
more nerve-wracking thriller.

Mother’s Day
is in cinemas 10 June.


Marcia Degia - Publisher

 
Marcia Degia has worked in the media industry for more than 10 years. She was previously Acting Managing Editor of Homes and Gardens magazine, Publishing Editor at Macmillan Publishers and Editor of Pride Magazine. Marcia, who has a Masters degree in Screenwriting, has also been involved in many broadcast projects. Among other things, she was the devisor of the documentary series Secret Suburbia for Living TV.