9 Mother’s Day Horror and Thriller Movies on Netflix in May 2024

This list of horror and thriller movies currently streaming on Netflix, all of which highlight motherhood, are perfect for a Mother’s Day marathon with the moms in your life.

New Nightmare (1994) shook up the A Nightmare on Elm Street series by turning Heather Langenkamp, the actress who played the franchise’s first final girl, into a pseudo-real-life version of herself who is a mother trying to save her son from an all-new incarnation of Freddy.

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Mother’s Day this year is on May 12th. Instead of sending flowers or going out for brunch, why not watch some scary movies with the moms in your life? There’s no better way to say both “thank you” and “I’m sorry” than with an artfully curated marathon of horror and thriller movies featuring mothers who are dealing with the many and varied struggles of motherhood in extraordinary circumstances. This list will get you started on making that Mother’s Day marathon with nine movies available to stream on Netflix throughout May 2024.

If you’re looking for even more horror movies about mothers, check out our list of 23+ Scary Mothers: The Best and Worst Moms in Horror Movies.

9 Horror and Thriller Movies about Mothers on Netflix in May 2024

1. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Heather Langenkamp and Miko Hughes in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994).
Heather Langenkamp plays a fictionalized version of herself in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. Miko Hughes plays Heather’s son Dylan (who is not based on Heather’s real son who was only three years old at the time of this film’s release).

Director: Wes Craven | Runtime: 112 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: Freddy Krueger, meta horror, slashers

Throughout most of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, parental figures are usually absent, inattentive, or even openly hostile towards the younger generation. Among its many differences from the other films in the series, New Nightmare spotlights the power of a mother’s love. In a meta take on the series, Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the first and third Elm Street movies, plays a fictionalized version of herself who must save her son from the claws of the entity that has escaped out of the movies and into real life using the guise of Freddy Krueger.

2. Mom (2017)

Sridevi as Devki in Mom (2017).
Sridevi plays the lead role of Devki in Mom. Sridevi sadly passed away less than a year after the release of Mom, and in 2018 she posthumously won Best Actress at India’s National Film Awards for her role in the film.

Director: Ravi Udyawar | Runtime: 138 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: Bollywood, crime thrillers, revenge

Mom is about a stepmother who takes it upon herself to deal with the men who brutally assaulted her stepdaughter when the law fails to bring them to justice. Revenge begets retaliation, leading to tense confrontations and intense emotions. Just how far will a mother go when she sees her daughter in pain? Very far.

3. I Am Mother (2019)

"Mother" cares for a baby in I Am Mother (2019).
The android Mother is physically played by Luke Hawker in a suit, and is voiced by Rose Byrne.

Director: Grant Sputore | Runtime: 113 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: science fiction, post-apocalyptic movies, AI thrillers

For years, the artificially intelligent robot called “Mother” has raised a human child called only “Daughter.” They live together in a sealed bunker meant to repopulate the world after an apocalyptic scenario. As Daughter grows older and more curious about what’s outside the bunker, a mysterious woman arrives and causes Daughter to begin questioning everything Mother has taught her.

4. Army of the Dead (2021)

Ella Purnell as Kate in Army of the Dead (2021).
Ella Purnell is on everyone’s mind after her fantastic performance as Lucy MacLean in Fallout (2024), so why not revisit Army of the Dead to see one of her underrated roles? (note: Ella Purnell’s character is not a mother, but her issues with her father do involve her mother.)

Director: Zack Snyder | Runtime: 148 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: zombies, action horror, Ella Purnell

If you haven’t seen Army of the Dead yet, we won’t spoil how a mother is involved in the story. But rest assured that the motherhood witnessed in Zack Snyder’s zombie/sci-fi/heist/action extravaganza is as pivotal as it is strange.

5. The Womb (2022)

Naysila Mirdad as Wulan in The Womb (2022).
Naysila Mirdad stars as Wulan in The Womb.

Director: Fajar Nugros | Runtime: 115 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: pregnancy horror, Indonesian films, folk horror

As Wulan struggles mentally and monetarily to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, she finds help in the form of an older couple. They bring Wulan into their home and help take care of all of the medical and physical needs of a mother-to-be. But they seem to be a little too helpful, and Wulan begins to get a bad feeling about her benefactors.

6. The Babadook (2014)

Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman in The Babadook (2014).
A real-life Mister Babadook pop-up book was released in as a limited edition collectible. (pictured: Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman)

Director: Jennifer Kent | Runtime: 93 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: psychological horror, the supernatural, children’s story horror

The Babadook is the kind of horror movie that powerfully explores topics that many people might be uncomfortable or unwilling to discuss. Depression, resentment, anger, and more are all present in this story of a widowed single mother, her young son, and a supremely creepy children’s book titled Mister Babadook.

7. Nowhere (2023)

Anna Castillo as Mia in Nowhere (2023).
The director of Nowhere, Albert Pintó, also directed episodes of the Netflix series Money Heist (2021) and Sky Rojo (2021).

Director: Albert Pintó | Runtime: 109 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: survival movies, Spanish films, lost at sea movies,

Mia attempts to flee her country to find a better life for herself, her husband, and her unborn child. But hiding in a shipping container proves to be fateful decision when she is first separated from her husband, then becomes lost at sea when a storm tosses the container off the ship and into the open ocean. Then her baby is born, and Mia, now a brand-new mother, is in the most desperate fight for survival.

8. Bird Box (2018)

Malorie rows blindfolded with two children (2018).
Bird Box was directed by Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Brothers).

Director: Susanne Bier | Runtime: 124 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: apocalyptic movies, ensemble casts, cosmic horror

Bird Box shows how motherhood can come in many different forms. The film begins with Malorie (Sandra Bullock) as a stern and demanding mother figure for an unnamed boy and girl. All three of them are trying to survive in a world overrun with creatures that destroy the minds of people who look at them, so being strict to the point of anger isn’t entirely unreasonable. Then, through flashbacks, we see how this unique family unit came together.

9. Incantation (2022)

Huang Sin-ting and Tsai Hsuan-yen in Incantation (2022).
Incantation was nominated for 13 awards at the 2022 Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan. It won for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Effects. (pictured: Huang Sin-ting and Tsai Hsuan-yen)

Director: Kevin Ko | Runtime: 111 minutes

For viewers who enjoy: folk horror, found footage, movies about curses

Incantation is a found-footage film that is presented as a video put together by a mother trying to find help for her daughter. The mother, Li Ronan, did something in her past that brought a curse which is now affecting her daughter. The film actively engages the viewer, inviting them to protect themselves as they watch Ronan and her daughter’s story unfold. Not only is Incantation uniquely engaging, but it’s also a very good found-footage movie that delves into folk horror and supernatural ideas.

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Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.