Serial Mom


John Waters' spin on the serial-killer flick

Merging his early irreverence with his mid-period’s crowd-friendly mischief (no shit-munching in Cry-Baby), John Waters’ spin on serial-killer films holds up as both a skewering of celebrity culture and a gleeful gore-com. 

Immaculate and inwardly seething, Kathleen Turner is pitch-perfect as a domestic psycho-goddess who wields a mean leg of lamb and makes sure no “pussy face” crosses her family. 

The satire aims wide but the media-mocking climax remains pointed. And what’s not to like about a film where mom splats the teacher who dares to question her son’s (Matthew Illard) appetite for horror movies?

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