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9. "Mommie Dearest" (Frank Perry, 1981)
Okay, mother-child dramas and Old Hollywood biopics don’t tend to be rich in horror – though Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of Oscar-winner Joan, certainly thought otherwise in her memoir “Mommie Dearest,” a fairly lurid tell-all volume that Frank Perry’s ramped-up film adaptation elevated to the status of Grand Guignol. Faye Dunaway’s spectacular Marmite performance (winner of a Razzie, but also, more wisely, runner-up at the New York Film Critics’ Circle awards) is as terrifyingly deranged as that of any genre-film grotesque.