12 Tough Movie Mothers, From Well-Meaning to Just Mean

By Suzanne Woolley, Nikhil Hutheesing and Ben Steverman - 2013-05-08T19:35:52Z

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Just Mean: 'Psycho'

Things aren't always what they seem. In the 1960 movie "Psycho," directed by Alfred Hitchcock, a young woman (Janet Leigh) checks into a motel. She overhears a woman accusing the motel manager (Anthony Perkins) of acting in the "cheap, erotic fashion of young men" by allowing her to stay there. Later, she decides to take a shower. Bad idea. A dark figure in a granny dress stabs her in the shower with a bread knife. It seems Mom was vicious, but only in the mind of her son, who had dug up her corpse to keep near him so he could kill others and transfer his guilt to her.