Yes, I am one day late. I missed the deadline, but the world hasn’t ended yet, has it? Happy belated Mother’s day! Actually, last year the holiday was celebrated on May 10th so technically I am not really late, and I learned the holiday is celebrated on Sunday for religious reasons that are why Mother’s Day was on the 9th of this year. That’s a fun fact I never paid attention to until now.
I am back with my three lists of recommendations. For those who are new to my blog, I like to make a list of recommendations on films, video games, or books. Because I enjoy the horror genre, I purposely decided to go with the scary mom theme. I learned from the following films that sadly not everyone was fortunate enough to know what a good mom is. Hopefully, your relationship with your mother is on good terms.
So grab a bowl of popcorn and get ready! In no particular order from bad to worst mom. I make my three lists:
#1 Mommie Dearest (1981)
Director: Frank Perry
Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
Why did I pick this one? Well the mother is a perfectionist to an extreme. You have to be if you are a top Hollywood star but at the expense of motherhood. She is constantly unaware that she is not fit to be a mom and yet she insists on being a mom to a child. It’s really a sad story actually. She had a successful career but unsuccessful relationships with her loved ones including herself. We all know she can’t remain on top forever. Youth and beauty eventually fade and soon she is no longer wanted. Like a product, Hollywood throws away the old for something new and fresh. It’s no surprise, for decades, the film industry has been largely dominated by men. So I sympathize with the protagonist and want to see her rise to the top even though I know she was clearly mad. Great career woman, but a terrible mom. Seems like the film was arguing that you can’t be good at both.
#2 Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Director: Jeffrey Bloom
Starring: Kristy Swanson, Victoria Tennant, Louise Fletcher
I kept wondering at the beginning of the film why the children are so blond then it occurred to me that they are the making of incest. Out of disgust and shame, the strict religious grandma locked them up in the attic and punished the daughter who is the mother of the children for her past wicked deed. Not only did she seduce her uncle and had children with him, but she also seduced her own father for his inheritance. Like a cat, she kept seducing people to get what she wants. Bad mom is indeed, purely one-dimensional. She is so dehumanized that the story becomes an unconvincing horror tale, but more like a sexual fetish. Don’t know what I am talking about? Then I encourage you to watch it.
#3 White Lies (2013)
Director: Dana Rotberg
Starring: Whirimako Black, Antonia Prebble, and Rachel House
I mentioned this film before on my blog but never elaborate on details about the plot. The mother in this film is the worst. Living a lie and living in shame due to an inferior complex is teaching children to hate their heritage. Mothers should teach self-respect, compassion, and confidence to their children. Skin and culture have nothing to do with superiority but why do people still believe otherwise? Bad parenting, I assume. What irked me about the mother is not only does she tries to alter one’s appearance but she tries to eliminate her mother tongue completely. Hence the title White Lies. But if you want to look at the film a bit more deeply–it is more than just eliminating one’s root. It brought up the question: is the western’s way always better? I chose this film because, like many international films I’ve seen in the past, it creates a dialogue that’s worthy of discussion on top of the fact the mom is scary.
Yep, those are my 3 lists of scary mom films. I guess it’s not the end of the world if you were raised by a bad mom. Most of the children in these films actually turned out fine. Well, some might experience permanent phycological issues, but overcoming them–will make the individual a stronger person and thus an interesting story. No one glorifies weakness as a desired trait. Well, I have not met one person who does but let me know if you have.