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Our Four Fave Psycho Moms

Our Four Fave Psycho Moms


In the new season of A&E’s Bates Motel, Vera Farmiga’s Norma Bates continues to mold her son Norman into the titular psycho he’ll become. But she’s hardly the first pop-cultural mum to bring the crazy. We rank our four faves.

Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway), Mommie Dearest (1981)


Sadface for poor Christina, whom she clobbers with a wire hanger. But thanks to ol' Crawfy, we'll always be super- diligent about closet storage!


Margaret White (Piper Laurie), Carrie (1976)


OK, so she stabbed Carrie. But the girl should've listened and kept those dirty pillows far, far away from prom. In this case, mother did know best.


Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner), Serial Mom (1994)


In this John Waters classic our unhinged hausfrau kills off all her rival minivan moms, including one who wore white after Labor Day (tacky bitch).

Medea, Medea (ancient mythology)


The mother of all insane matriarchs. After her husband leaves her, this Greek-drama mama kills her own children and gives his new wife a poisoned robe. Twisted and chic.

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