Top 10 Maniacal Mothers!
Maniacal mothers...the stuff of cinematic legend! Think about it, some of the most memorable characters to ever grace the screen happen to be woefully wicked matriarchs, be they in the horror genre or not. Why do you think that is? Perhaps it's the subversion of expectation. We normally associate motherhood with nurturing, caring, overprotection, life-giving and the like...so when those qualities are subverted to a point where we see cinematic mamas going postal, acting out violently, harming and killing people onscreen, children at that - yeah, that shit's about as unnerving as it gets. It's the last thing we expect...which in turn breeds shock and terror when such horrors suddenly occur. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you needn't look any further than what the great Vera Farmiga is laying down over at Bates Motel...admittedly our inspiration for this week's Top 10 Maniacal Mothers list. Proceed with caution kiddies!