Great Moms of Horror: Debbie Salt (“Scream 2”)

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While Rebecca De Mornay is by far my favorite horror mom, 2nd place for me would go to Mrs. Loomis aka Debbie Salt in Scream 2. Throughout the movie we see Laurie Metcalfe as the annoying news reporter following Gale around the Windsor College campus begging for an interview as Gale’s “biggest fan”. However when we come to the reveal of who the 2nd and last killer it is, it’s none other than Ms. Salt herself. But wait, Sidney recognizes her….”Mrs. Loomis?” and to quote the other killer Mickey: “Billy’s…mother!” It’s at this point when shit gets real. Once Mrs. Loomis thinks she’s killed both Micky and Gale, it’s a stand off between Mrs. Loomis and Sid. As the scene progresses, we gradually see Mrs. L really lose it. Sid takes swipes at her as a mother and at her dead son. Till finally Loomis flips out and will stop at nothing until Sid is dead. What I like about Mrs. Loomis is that the woman really knows how to blend in. Not only that but she held tough throughout the whole battle with Sid. That is until Sid put a bullet in her head. Metcale really and excellently channels the infamous Pamels Voorhees in this movie. Starting really sweet when we first meet her, to turning fucking psycho by the end. Who woulda thought Aunt Jackie from Roseanne could have tackled a role like this?

–Cody Landman