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Video Rewind: Maniac Moms

Updated on November 6, 2014
Just another day of stalking for Jamie Leigh Curtis in Mother's Boys
Just another day of stalking for Jamie Leigh Curtis in Mother's Boys

Whenever there's a life problem, no one can handle it better than dear old mom, but if you had these mother's chances are you'd put yourself up for adoption. No matter how old you are.

The creepiest of all mothers has to be Margaret White (Piper Laurie) from Carrie. She's evil personified as she torments her daughter with her religious fanaticism. Her hobby of locking Carrie in the closet to pray seems to be one of her favorite past times.

While Margaret believes she's the only righteous person on the planet, she tries to instill her beliefs on her "special" daughter. She doesn't explain the changes in which Carrie's going through and also believes Carrie will end up in hell now that the boys are coming around.

When Carrie's getting ready for the prom, she puts Margaret in her place then leaves. Wait a few minutes and watch how Margaret welcomes poor Carrie home. You should be glad all mothers aren't this way.

Jamie Lee Curtis (Mother's Boys) is also a little off her rocker as she tries to get back into the lives of her sons. After abandoning them three years earlier she will stop at nothing to win them back, even if it means murder.

While the boys are enjoying a better life with their father (Peter Gallagher) and his girlfriend (Joanne Whalley-Kilmer) Curtis, having been snubbed, resorts to psycho drama which involves terrorizing everyone involved.

It seems like her anger is directed more toward poor Joanne as Jamie pays her a visit at work, creates a scene there, destroys her car and has the boys tie her up to a chair. But then again when the boys are sent to stay with Curtis' mother (Vanessa Redgrave) even she is not safe from the wrath of Jamie.

Mother's Boys is a rare film which will have you glued to your seat.

In the Hollywood glitz and glamour world you'd think everyone involved in show business leads a quiet comfortable life. Wrong! Just ask Christina Crawford (Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid of Mommie Dearest) who are tortured by the legendary Joan (Faye Dunaway).

Long known for it's campiness, Mommie Dearest was based on the controversial book penned by the young Crawford in the late 1970's. The book depicts her life of hell she endured while growing up Crawford.

Mommie Dearest begins with Joan wanting a baby, so she adopts and the younger Christina (Hobel) who is awoken in the middle of the night to clean the bathroom (while getting beaten with cans of scouring powder and of course those pesky wire hangers) and Joan's outbursts (which also includes midnight gardening).

When Hobel backtalks her, she's sent away to school then Scarwid picks up the role from teenager to adult. Scarwid goes through more emotional and physical abuse. But above all, Dunaway gives an eerie performance of the famed screen legend (and looks like her as well).

Word of caution: if you don't have any concrete plans for your mother it's not recommended to view these movies when you want to spend some time together. She may go psycho on you.


Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) sure knows how to wake you up in the early morning
Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) sure knows how to wake you up in the early morning

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