Terrible Movie Moms and the Rotten Things They Said

By Alison Nastasi

Lessons in bad parenting from Carrie, Mommy Dearest, Psycho, Precious, and more

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Margaret White (Piper Laurie) lovingly brandishes a butcher knife in the 1976 film 'Carrie' (United Artists)
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Mother's Day is on Sunday, but there are a few film moms who definitely won't be getting a card from anyone this year. Some mothers in movie history have traded their maternal instinct for a killing instinct, and others have been absolute Freudian nightmares. Even if you occasionally have gotten into fights with your own mom, chances are they pale in comparison to what went on between these nasty moms and their families.

Among the more rotten maternal figures to cross the big screen:

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