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Some Other "Other" Mothers

Posted February 18, 2009 to photo album "Some Other "Other" Mothers"

Slide 1: Other Mother (Coraline)
Slide 2: Beverly R. Sutphin (Serial Mom)
Slide 3: Eleanor Iselin (The Manchurian Candidate)
Slide 4: Angela Petrelli (Heroes)
Slide 5: Edith Bouvier Beale (Grey Gardens)
Slide 6: Deirdre Burroughs (Running with Scissors)
Slide 7: Claire Roth (In a Country of Mothers)
Slide 8: Eva (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Slide 9: Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest)
Slide 10: Mrs. Violet Venable (Suddenly, Last Summer)
Slide 11: Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate)
Slide 12: Margaret White (Carrie)
Slide 13: Livia Soprano (The Sopranos)
Slide 14: Wanda Holloway (The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom)
Slide 15: Barbara Baekeland (Savage Grace)
Slide 16: Medea (Medea)
Slide 17: Alexis Carrington (Dynasty)
Slide 2: Beverly R. Sutphin (Serial Mom)

Slide 2: Beverly R. Sutphin (Serial Mom)

The best moms, by dint of their perfection, can also be most the most dangerous. Case in point is Beverly R. Sutphin (Kathleen Turner), the titled character in John Waters's Serial Mom. Cheery, well-kept, always there for her children and husband, Sutphin is pitch-perfect, even in her little hobby of murdering anyone who gets in her way. But for Waters, the film is really about motherhood, as a plea for embracing the homicidal maniac in each of us. Waters wants "to make you root for a serial killer. I was trying to find people's limits, make the audience a little bit nervous, that they're enjoying something they've been taught not to enjoy."