Today is Mother’s Day. In order to celebrate all the awesome moms who gave birth to us, raised us, and loved us, SYFY WIRE has put together this killer video showcasing some of the best (and, in one case, worst) moms from sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.
Our first mother on the list is Ellen Ripley from James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens, a movie that’s more about moms than you might think. Waking up 57 years after the events of Alien, Ripley becomes a surrogate mother to Newt and has an epic faceoff against another mom: the egg-laying xenomorph queen.
The second mother on our list is Toriel from indie RPG video game Undertale, which was released in 2015. Toriel is a motherly goat monster who protects the player (in the form of a small child) who has fallen down into the Underground — even doing the most mom thing ever: giving a cell phone.
Then we have Harry Potter’s Molly Weasley, who became a replacement mom for Harry. The red-haired matriarch took Harry under her motherly wing by inviting him for holidays, knitting him special Christmas sweaters and providing him with nothing but love, support, comfort, and food. Heck, they even became in-laws.
Next up is serial killer mom Pamela Voorhees, the main antagonist from the first Friday the 13th film. After her son Jason drowned at Camp Crystal Lake because the counselors who were supposed to be watching him were more interested in a little thing called pre-marital sex, Pamela went full-on crazy and embarked on a killing spree. She even went for round two when the camp reopened decades later. Talk about being overprotective, sheesh.
Then we have Littlefoot’s brontosaurus mother from The Land Before Time, the 1988 animated dinosaur movie directed by famed animator Don Bluth and produced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. The movie sees Littlefoot’s mom sacrifice her life to save her son from a T-rex before imparting some dying words. #Foreversobbing.
Finally we have Terminator’s Sarah Connor. Sarah’s motherly side didn’t emerge until Terminator 2: Judgment Day, since she hadn’t given birth to her son in the first film yet. Although she had some pretty questionable child-rearing skills — she did have to raise John to become the leader of the human resistance against the machines, after all — the two became close again when Sarah and her rebellious son teamed up to save the future.
Dig into our exclusive video below for more, and don’t forget to send this link to your mom to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.