My current viewing obsession is the deliciously addictive “Bates Motel,” a series on A&E that is a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic chiller “Psycho.”
The show has bravura acting, with Freddie Highmore starring as a young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother, Norma.
Now there’s a piece of work. Norma is a classic hot mess. She’s at once selfish yet caring. She’s feisty, whiny, manipulative, doting and high-strung. But she has good intentions.
And her maternal instincts are downright feral. She will stop at nothing to protect her children. Frighteningly so.
It’s a great character, one in a long line of captivating onscreen moms. So in honor of Mother’s Day, here are 10 fascinating movie mothers — some that I’m glad aren’t real mothers.