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Serial Mom

Released 1994
Distributor Savoy Pictures

John Waters plays nice but not too nice in this bent scenario about a suburban mom who’s really a serial killer. Starring Kathleen Turner, it’s Mommie Dearest taken to the next level and Waters positively revels in outlandish social satire; he’s like Tex Avery directing a Preston Sturges screenplay (during her trial Turner’s daughter sells merchandise on the courthouse steps). The presence of Waters stalwarts Mink Stole and Mary Vivian Pearce assures us the bad boy from Baltimore hasn’t gone completely Hollywood.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.