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Yesterday, “Serial Mom” celebrated its 25th anniversary. This dark comedy starring Kathleen Turner may have been a flop during its release. Despite having a low $13 million budget, it only grossed $7.8 million. However, it still has gained a cult following as time went on. In addition, it was helmed by John Waters who’s a mainstay in the world of independent cinema.
“Serial Mom” is about a suburban housewife named Beverly (Turner) who seems to have it all. However, what most people don’t know is that she’s secretly a serial killer. Also, she’s someone who will go to murderous lengths to protect her family. Even if a person throws a small insult at her husband or children, that person immediately becomes chopped liver. As the film’s body count increases, Beverly’s secret slowly becomes revealed. The film also stars Sam Waterston as Beverly’s husband while Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard play her teenage children.
Beverly Sutphin may be an iconic monster movie mom. Although, she’s far from the only one. Over the years, there have been plenty of villainous on-screen mothers. For instance, Piper Laurie brought the religious zealot Margaret White to life in “Carrie” (1976). In addition, Betsy Palmer was iconic as Mrs. Voorhees in the original “Friday the 13th” (1980). She even managed to help launch a successful franchise.
On the other hand, not every monster mom has been murderous. With “Mommie Dearest,” Faye Dunaway made Joan Crawford become synonymous with the “Bad Movie Mom” archetype. Plus, she probably made viewers fearful of wire hangers.
Now, we’ll toss it off to you. Let us know whether you think Beverly Sutphin is in a league of her own when it comes to monster movie moms. Then again, she might be reading this post a little too anxiously. So, be careful with your response.
What monster mom do you think is the most iconic? Do you think Beverly Sutphin takes that title or does someone else? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!
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