Exploring the complexity of human relationships in The Babadook, Hereditary, and Psycho, Rebecca McCallum’s horror analysis pocketbook/zine examines the damaging nature of secrets, acts of repression, and the (taboo) horror of motherhood.
Mums and Sons: An Examination of the Child/Parent Relationship is a fresh and intellectual perspective on the relationships between mothers and their sons. This analysis stands apart for its scope, breadth and detailed look at the often-overlooked familial relationships in three landmark films that span across five decades.
Using three stages of life reflected in The Babadook (childhood), Hereditary (teenage years) and finally, Psycho (adulthood) to highlight both the difference and similarities of the mother/son dynamic. The work is split into eight chapters that each seek to shine a light on a series of themes; including family trauma.
Published in a slickly designed format by independent press house Plastic Brain Press – with illustrations by yours truly – Mums and Sons is recommended for horror enthusiasts across all platforms and more broadly to anyone with an interest in film analysis. Order direct from plastic-brain-press.com