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A MOTHERS LOVE: Five Films that Feature Bad Ass Moms!

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by goregirl

I seen a lot of so-so films this week so I thought it might be nice to break up the monotony with something different. After watching the trailer for the film GRACE yesterday I felt inspired to compile a list of five of the Dungeon’s favorite films featuring Killer moms. Warning! Spoiler in the #3 spot.

MOM #5: Yanka in BABY BLOOD

Emmanuelle Escourrou baby bloodYanka is the pregnant wife of a cruel circus performer who beats and abuses her. When one of their newly acquired leopards die, something crawls out of its dead body and into Yanka’s womb. The creature is blood thirsty and Yanka has no choice but to feed it.

Emmanuelle Escourrou is absolutely perfect as Yanka. Her love/hate relationship with the creature inside her is captivating. Plus this film is impressively gory! If you like it bloody this one is a must see.

MOM #4: Beverly Sutphin in SERIAL MOM

kathleen turner serial momBeverly Sutphin is the perfect mom. She has a beautiful home, two wonderful children and a loving husband. There are things that Beverly just won’t stand for. She takes particular objection to those who slight her family. Like any good wife and mother she knows that sometimes you must do unpleasant things to ensure your family’s happiness.

I can’t imagine anyone who could have played Beverly better than kathleen Turner. She balances psychosis and sanity perfectly. This film is definitely NOT horror, but it does have a body count. Also, the son loves horror films and watches them obsessively. SERIAL MOM has stood up to multiple viewing and still entertains the hell out of me. Campy, hilarious and totally original.

MOM #3: Mrs. Voorhees in FRIDAY THE 13TH

betsy palmer friday the 13thIt is 1979 and Camp Crystal Lake is finally reopening after several years of being closed. The site had been plagued with problems since the 1957 drowning of a young boy. The following year two camp counselors were murdered. Once again the campsite is buzzing with activity. Children are playing, camp counselors are fornicating, everything is copasetic. The good times are cut short when the clean country air is replaced by the stench of murder most foul.

Betsy Palmer actually reminds me of the principle of my grade school. She could as easily be at home as the head of the PTA or selling Amway. Maybe that’s what made her so intimidating as the mom taking revenge for her sons preventable death. This was one of the first “R” rated horror film I had ever seen, and back then it scared the crap out of me. For that, it will always hold a dear place in my heart. There is a reason Friday the 13th finds itself on so many favorite lists. It is well made, intense, perfectly paced and is packed full of gratuitous violence.

MOM #2: Beatrix Kiddo aka “The Bride” in KILL BILL

uma thurman kill billA woman plots her revenge against an assassination squad that killed her entire wedding party leaving herself and her unborn child for dead.

I really do love the films of Quentin Tarantino. His characters are so meaty. Uma Thurman hit the jackpot when she formed an association with Tarantino. The Bride in KILL BILL and Mia in PULP FICTION are the two best roles Thurman has ever played. She really pulled out the big guns gearing up to play the cool and collected assassin out for revenge. Her intensity and confidence made her extremely believable in the role. Not a horror film but an action packed extravaganza with a huge body count and some very creative and downright beautiful death scenes.

MOM #1: Vera Cosgrove in DEAD ALIVE

elizabeth moody dead alive brain deadAn overbearing mother is bit by a rare Sumatran Rat Monkey while spying on her son and his date at the zoo. She rapidly becomes ill and dies. Unfortunately, she comes back as a zombie. If he thought mom was demanding before, he hasn’t seen anything yet! She starts chomping on people like crazy and soon her son has a gaggle of zombies to contend with. Trying to balance a new relationship while attending to the undead proves to be a challenge. When a creepy uncle shows up for mom’s funeral things spiral out of control.

Elizabeth Moody hits the nail on the head playing the seethingly nasty and bitter Vera. You can’t help but dislike the woman. Peter Jackson makes sure that you can laugh heartily at her outcome. DEAD ALIVE is very silly, very high energy and very gory. There are countless memorable scenes of gore and bizarreness that cannot be matched.

To Remake Or Not To Remake: The Horror Edition

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , on February 5, 2009 by goregirl

Friday, February the 13th will see the release of the remake of the 1980 film FRIDAY THE 13th. We have already seen the release of a remade MY BLOODY VALENTINE this year. Where Valentine at least24-342friday-the-13th-posters1 had a gimmick with the 3-D thing we wonder what Friday could possibly have to offer us. I have read a couple reviews of the upcoming FRIDAY THE 13th and they are trying to sell it as a fresh new story. I believe they used the word “reboot”. Why call it FRIDAY THE 13th then? They can try to sell it to me anyway they want, I’m not biting. I am just so tired of getting burned. Unlike the sequel, where we are watching an incarnation of an already iconic figure,with the remake, we are looking at a recreation of that iconic figure. Why fix something that ain’t broken? I assume, the idea behind remaking a film is to have a whole new generation love it as much as the previous one had. I don’t think it is possible to please me with a rehashed version of a film I adore. It’s so much more than just content when it comes to my favorites. The films I seen as a child/teen left an indelible impression on me. When I was a kid we would often lie to our parents about what movie we were seeing and sneak into a film we really wanted to see. On one such occasion we seen a matinee showing of THE CHANGELING. This film scared the crap out of us! That wet rubber ball bouncing down the stairs sent chills down my spine! When we got out of the film it was starting to get dark. That was the scariest, longest walk home ever! That was the beginning of my love affair with the horror film. I made it my goal to see as many as possible. Eventually my parents gave up on the idea of trying to prevent me from seeing horror films and once video rental outlets became common place I seen a lot more at home. The first time I seen Friday the 13th was on video at a friends house. As much as The Changeling scared me it did nothing to prepare me for the mental and emotional smack down I was about to receive. There was sex and nudity and people were dying in the most hideous and brutal ways! What the hell did I just see?! It left me feeling frightened, shocked and happily satisfied. How can you remake that? In my opinion, there are very few remakes that work. There of course are exceptions to that rule. John Carpenter’s THE THING and David Cronenberg’s The Fly are two examples of films that have remakes I enjoyed more than the original. I am mindful to the fact that these remakes came out when I was young and were new to me. Those 505917prom-night-posters2who grew up with the originals probably do not share my point of view. So I suppose based on that, maybe there is room for remakes. Maybe If there is a fresh and original twist like the aforementioned then maybe it can work. And maybe if enough time passes. Maybe. It isn’t just North American films getting the makeover treatment. There have been a rash of Asian remakes. The freaking mess that North American film makers have made of great Asian horror films is shameful. The truth is, I think most remakes are awful. Not just because they are reinventing the wheel but because they do a half ass job of it. Instead of remaking a film from days gone by for new generations to adopt,why not create something new that truly represents them? A lot of the films that are being remade worked because there was nothing like them when they came out. They were new and fresh and completely original. I have a list of 28 horror films available for rental that I want to see. I think I will be getting me some of that action instead of spending my cash to see a remake at the theatre. We’ll wait for the rental, if we bother at all.