A boy’s best friend is his mother.

Happy Mother’s Day, scary movie lovers! Here at Horror Film Central, we love moms.  Love ’em so much that we’ve compiled a list of films that are guaranteed to shake them to their core and make them regret the day they spawned you.  Check out the films below and plan a movie night with your mom!

The Bad Seed (1956)

Based upon William March’s 1954 novel (and Maxwell Anderson’s 1954 play) of the same name, The Bad Seed is about a woman who begins to suspect that her precocious eight-year-old daughter is a cold-blooded killer.  Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, the film stars Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones, Eileen Heckart, and Paul Fix.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary Woodhouse’s pregnancy is doomed from the start.  Her narcissistic b-list actor husband makes a pact with their devil-worshipping neighbors that he will achieve stardom, in exchange for Rosemary’s reproductive freedom.  She is drugged, ritualistically raped, and consequently becomes a human incubator for Satan’s spawn.  Throughout her pregnancy, Rosemary knows, instinctively, that something is wrong, but her husband and neighbors insist that everything is fine, and that she’s just losing her mind.  Rosemary’s Baby is based upon Ira Levin’s novel of the same name, and stars Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, and Sidney Blackmer.  The film was directed by Roman Polanski.

The Omen (1976)

A U.S. ambassador’s wife gives birth to a stillborn child, so he follows the advice of a priest and, without his wife’s knowledge, replaces his dead son with a healthy newborn whose mother died in childbirth.  Sounds like a foolproof plan, right? It could have been, except the baby the diplomat adopted is the son of Lucifer himself. The Omen was directed by Richard Donner and stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, and Harvey Stephens.

Inside/ À l’intérieur (2007)

Four months after a car accident that killed her husband, a pregnant woman’s home is invaded by a maniac who wants her unborn baby.  Starring Allyson Paradis and Béatrice Dalle, Inside was directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury.

Grace (2009)

Seems like car accidents involving pregnant women are a common trope in film.  Grace tells the story of an expecting mother who survives a car crash.  Her husband and unborn daughter, however, do not.  The woman decides, against medical advice, to carry her dead baby to term and give birth naturally.  To the shock of everyone involved, the woman delivers a live baby girl– with a taste for human blood. Grace stars Jordan Ladd and was written and directed by Paul Solet.

Splice (2009)

A pair of married genetic engineers working in a gene splicing lab create a new animal by combining the traits of different species…and a dash of the wife’s DNA.  Splice is a film about the struggle to maintain a professional and emotional distance from the creatures you create.  Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody play the scientists who create the animal, played by Delphine Chanéac. Splice was written and directed by Vincenzo Natali.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

There’s a bit of a debate about whether this film belongs in the drama genre or the horror genre.  I think it belongs in both, because, let’s be honest, the situation in the film is horrific.  After struggling to bond with Kevin during infancy, Eva Katchadourian continues to struggle to love her son, who’s attitude and behavior strongly suggest a lack of empathy and remorse.  We Need To Talk About Kevin is based upon Lionel Shriver’s novel of the same name.  The film was directed by Lynne Ramsay, cowritten by Ramsay and Rory Stewart Kinnear, and stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, and Jasper Newell.

The Babadook (2014)

A single mother’s untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Postpartum Depression manifest into a sinister monster that haunts her home and seeks to destroy her already-damaged relationship with her young, eccentric son.  The Babadook was written and directed by Jennifer Kent, and stars Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman.

 

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