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10 Most Frightening Mothers in Movies

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This Sunday’s marathon is all about tough guys who love their mothers, but there’s no reason moms can’t be tough too. In this feature, we’ll take a look at the most frightening, violent mothers in movies.

10. Gladys Leeman, Drop Dead Gorgeous

When you want the best for your child, you’ll do anything to get it… even murder. That’s what motivates the villain of 1999 comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous to go on a killing spree in the hopes of helping her daughter Rebecca win a beauty pageant. She sure can work a sniper rifle!


9. The Bride, Kill Bill


Never get between a mama bear and her cub, especially if that mama bear has a samurai sword. Wait, I kind of screwed up that metaphor. Beatrix Kiddo, aka the Bride, slashes her way through her former Deadly Viper buddies to get her daughter back in Tarantino’s epic Kill Bill.


8. Beverly Sutphin, Serial Mom

Kathleen Turner was born to play the psychotic Beverly Sutphin in John Waters’ suburban horror-comedy. Whether it’s beating a woman to death with a leg of lamb or making harassing obscene phone calls to a woman who stole her parking space, she’s a seriously bad mother.


7. Sarah Connor, Terminator 2


When the future of humanity is riding on your ability to keep your kid alive, you better believe it brings out the best in a mother. Linda Hamilton was tough as nails as Sarah Connor in the second Terminator film, facing nuclear apocalypse and liquid metal androids with everything she had.


6. Pamela Voorhees, Friday the 13th

People sometimes forget that it wasn’t Jason swinging the knife in the first Friday the 13th movie – it was his mom. After her son drowned in Camp Crystal Lake, Ms. Voorhees was out for revenge on those irresponsible teens.

5. Samantha Caine, The Long Kiss Goodnight

Sometimes the violence in a mom’s life is bubbling just below the surface, as in this cult Geena Davis hit where she plays a small-town schoolteacher with amnesia. When her memories start coming back, Samantha realizes that she’s actually a seriously badass killer for the CIA.


4. Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest

Real life is often more terrifying than fiction. This ’81 biographical drama – based on a best-selling memoir – tells the story of abusive actress Joan Crawford and her adopted daughter Christina. Give it a watch. You’ll never look at wire hangers the same way again.


3. Vera Cosgrove, Dead Alive

When an infected Sumatran rat monkey bites this New Zealand dowager, she mutates into a zombie killing machine capable of generating a tornado of gory mayhem. Peter Jackson’s early splatter flicks were so much better than the Lord of the Rings movies that it’s not even funny.


2. Ma-Ma, Dredd

As played by the brilliant Lena Healey, drug lord Madeline Madrigal (or “Ma-Ma” for short) in cult hit Dredd is a vicious, amoral criminal who has no qualms slaughtering innocents by the boatload to get Judge Dredd and his partner out of the way. She’s willing to bring down the entire apartment building she lives in as one last “F you” to law enforcement.


1. Ellen Ripley, Aliens


You don’t have to be a biological mom to be a mother, and Ripley’s fierce defense of her daughter Newt against the Alien Queen (a pretty badass mamma-jamma herself) pulls out all the stops. I can’t even count how much acidic blood she’s spilled over the course of the franchise.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…