Serial Mom (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  13 April 1994 (USA)
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A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defence of her family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Morgan ...
Detective Pike (as Scott Wesley Morgan)
Walt MacPherson ...
Patricia Dunnock ...
Lonnie Horsey ...
John Badila ...
Kathy Fannon ...
Mrs. Sterner
Mr. Sterner
Carl's Date


A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the neighbor. As other slights befall her beloved family, the body count begins to increase, and the police get closer to the truth, threatening the family's picture perfect world. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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She's a fabulous, loving, caring mother, who er... ...happens to be a serial killer! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for satirical presentation of strong violence, vulgar language, and sexual episodes | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los asesinatos de mamá  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)


$7,881,335 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Opening credits say "This film is a true story. The screenplay is based on court testimony. Sworn Declarations. And hundreds of interviews conducted by the film-makers. / Some of the innocent characters' names have been changed in the interest of a larger truth. / No one involved in the crimes received any form of financial compensation." See more »


The date for the trial is October and the establishing shot of the courthouse shows fallen leaves on the grass. In the next shot, the Sutphin family arrives and there are green leafy trees behind them. See more »


[first lines]
Eugene Sutphin: That's a nice dress you're wearing this morning, Misty.
Misty Sutphin: Thanks.
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No flies were injured or killed in the making of this motion picture. See more »


Features Blood Feast (1963) See more »


Written by L7 and John Waters
Performed by L7
Courtesy of Slash Records
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Sick, twisted, bizarre, depraved...and a damn good time!
17 January 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I saw Serial Mom for the first time as a fairly young kid, and thought it was pretty good. I've just seen it for the first time as an adult, and it turns out that I'd forgotten just how good this film really is! It's certainly not to everyone's taste, and if you can't handle high camp, you definitely don't want to see this; but if you like your films wild and wicked, Serial Mom is a treat indeed! The film follows a slasher plot line, but it's clear that director John Waters didn't want to merely make a slash flick. The film is a parody of life as a housewife, the media and modern society in general; with a heavy dosage of sick humour and a very unique mean streak running throughout. Serial Mom is the sort of film that puts a smile on your face, and it follows the story of a not quite so normal American mother. While her fellow housewives are cooking dinner and cleaning the house, Beverly R. Sutphin is out dispatching people that have got on hers and her family's nerves in a variety of nasty, yet hilarious, ways. Her kids think it's cool, and her husband is duly worried...

Kathleen Turner takes the lead role, and does an excellent job of performing in a serious, yet jokey way; which does the film no end of favours on the parody front. She looks the part, acts the part...and really, I cant think of a better middle-aged actress to take the lead in this film. The support cast, which includes Matthew Lillard and Ricki Lake, is good; but it's the director that's the real star of the show. John Waters has made a name for himself by creating odd and twisted films, and although I haven't seen a great deal of them; Serial Mom is his best as far as I'm concerned. It's one of those films that constantly make you laugh (providing you've got a sick sense of humour), while poking fun at society and offending all the right people all at once! I love originality in movies, and this really is one unique film. The nineties saw the release of lots of obscure social commentaries that were lost under films like Schindler's List and Fight Club, and Serial Mom, along with Francois Ozon's 'Sitcom', is one of the best 'under the radar' films of the decade. It's not a film that everyone will like, but everyone should see it just in case!

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