13 Horror Movies To Watch on Mothers Day

Herner Klenthur

Its Mother’s day this weekend which means today you should be doing incredibly nice things for your mother dearest. If you dont you might just face her wrath!

In honor of Mothers Day we are looking at 13 horror movies to watch on Mothers Day that are sure to make you want to hug your mom and tremble in fear. So without further ado here we have it, in absolutely no particular order, the Top 12 Mothers Day Horror Movies. 

Strait Jacket

Made in 1964 this film is a thriller more than it is a horror film but that wont stop you from loving this classic 60’s horror film in which Joan Crawford stars and completely looses her sh*t. Strait Jacket is from the writer of Psycho and is a film for lovers of 60’s horror magic.

After a 20 year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

Strait Jacket


Alfred Hitchcock is a genius and will stay in history as one of the greatest story tellers of all time and PSYCHO is one of his finest works. Psycho is the story of an emotionally domineering mother and her son who run the Bates motel and the evil secrets it holds.

Psycho was remade in 1998 by Gus Van Sant to lack luster results and it most recently was turned into a TV show which is airing on A&E. I do not have cable so I can not say whether the show is any good but it is probably safe to say that it is only a shadow of the original masterpiece.

Psycho Norman Bates

Mothers Day Massacre:

Mothers day Massacre starring Emily Grace is one film that has been panned very badly on IMDB for being an absolutely terrible film but I think it depends on your definition of bad. I feel indie horror film lovers will like it for what it is.

Mothers Day Massacre is a complete blood bath of violence and it features a massacre on you guessed it… mothers day.

Jim Cavanaugh is a shy suburban New Jersey teenager. His mom left when he was a child and his father is an ass. The unrelenting psychotic domination of his redneck dad forces Jim to search out his long-lost mother. His quest takes him to the backwoods of Jersey where he encounters semi-retarded hillbillies who have a taste for DIY circumcisions and Peterbilt trucks.

mothers day massacre


It’s not a nightmare kids it’s a frightmare. After spending 18 years in an institution, suburban mother Dorothy Yates is released, apparently cured of her cannibalistic urges. Yet her blood lust proves to be too much to resist and it seems it may even be hereditary!



This classic horror movie based on Stephen King’s first novel stars Sissy Spacek as Carrie White, a shy, diffident teenager who is the butt of practical jokes at her small-town high school.Her blind panic at her first menstruation, a result of ignorance and religious guilt drummed into her by her fanatical mother, Margaret (Piper Laurie), only causes her classmates’ vicious cruelty to escalate.

Carrie was remade in 2013 by director Kimberly Pierce and starred Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz. I am a huge fan of both actresses and have had a crush on Julianne Moore for over a decade. You can read our review of the Carrie remake at the link

Carrie Prom Fire 1976

Mothers Day:

Charles Kauffman delivers in this violent and sadistic film. Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her sons commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim wits and their Maniac Mommy and the question becomes, can any of them escape, alive?

In 2010 director Darren Lynn Bousman remade the film adding his own unique spin to it. I for one thought as far as remakes go it was a pretty solid film. You can read our review of the Mothers Day remake at the link


Mommy Dearest:

This one freaks me out because this movie is apparently a true story based off the life of Strait Jacket star Joan Crawford.

Faye Dunaway stars in Mommie Dearest a best-selling memoir, turned motion picture that depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother screen queen Joan Crawford.

mommy dearest

The People Under The Stairs:

I love this movie and have seen it no less than 30 times! The People Under the Stairs is the story of a young boy (Fool) from the ghetto and takes place on his 13th birthday.

In an attempted burglary of the home of his family’s evil landlords, he becomes trapped inside their large suburban house and discovers the secret of what lives under the stairs. This is without question one of the best horror movies from the 90’s and one of many films that put Wes Craven on the map.


The Girl Next Door

One of the top rated film on our site The Girl Next Door is summed up best as truly shocking.

The Girl Next Door is a great example of why Jack Ketchum is so popular. His incredible and highly distrubing imagery in his writing translates beautifully to the screen and Girl Next Door is nothing short of terrifying.

In a quiet suburban town in the summer of 1958, two recently orphaned sisters are placed in the care of their mentally unstable Aunt Ruth. But Ruth’s depraved sense of discipline will soon lead to unspeakable acts of abuse and torture that involve her young sons, the neighborhood children, and one 12-year-old boy whose life will be changed forever.

Ruth Chandler Girl Next door

Serial Mom:

If you said a movie starred Ricki Lake and Kathleen Turner it would likely raise an eyebrow but this dark comedy from John Waters is nothing short of genius.

Serial Mom is the story of a typical house wife and adoring mother who just so happens to hide a secret, she is also a serial killer. Or is she?

Serial Mom Kathleen Turner


Inside is brutal and difficult to watch and pretty much everything you might expect from a French horror film. This is yet another film in a series of movies that came out between 2000 and 2007 that put french horror on the map.

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.


Rosemarys Baby

A film by the controversial Roman Polanski ( I say so for his personal life not his film career ) A young couple move into a new apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins controlling her life.

Rosemary’s Baby is also getting the remake treatment in the form of a new 4 hour mini series which stars Zoe Saldana. Should be interesting to see how that ends up.


So there you have it our collection of fantastic horror Films to watch on Mothers Day. I also encourage you to read MovieMaven’s very thoughtful look at Mothers in Horror Films. Its a great read with alot of depth and insights.

Happy Mothers day Moms!


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      1. Suspiria_89 May 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

        Great list, Inside and Psycho are the best films on the list IMO.

      2. Robert J Romero May 11, 2012 at 1:33 am

        DEAD ALIVE is another great mother & son fiasco! Unlike Psycho, this mother really does rock after she has died, and does not need a stand in.

      3. LittleKrystalHorrorMovieGirl June 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

        My mother would crucify me if I watched these with her… :/

      4. Tiago May 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        Great movies, but maybe it’s better to watch them another day.

      5. Jajordan74 May 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm

        You need to a “Mama”

      6. anna banana May 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

        Rad list! As a horror movie mama I will enjoy watching these
        My husband calls his mom * Mommie Dearest haha