One of the most terrifying characters is the obvious is Margaret White of Stephen King's Carrie. The poor girl is so screwed up on numerous levels because of her overly zealous mother. Margaret gave birth to Carrie while in her house, without any medical assistance. Margaret and her then husband Ralph White both agreed that sex [even if married] was a sin and to never perform it. However, when he came home drunk he and his wife shared some weird marital rape that Margaret both hated and loved. Carrie was a result of the sex and she completely resented her daughter for it. From then on, she began to scold her daughter for just about anything, believing many things to be sinful. This deeply affected Carrie throughout the years, putting great strain on her. Whenever Margaret believed that Carrie has sinned, she threw her in a specially decorated closet to pray for forgiveness (for example, when Carrie had her first period at the age of 17). The haunting "first sin was Intercourse & Eve was weak" scenes is one of the most terrifying examples of fanatical religion I've ever seen. I don't think I've ever been more terrified of becoming a woman than I did after watching that scene. Not to mention, the woman wants to kill her daughter for choosing to go to the prom! Carrie is seen as this monster for killing all of these people in the film, but in reality, I don't blame the girl.
Stephen King sure has a knack for creating overly zealous religious women as well as religious characters *cough*Children of the Corn*cough*. Probably my favorite character of 2007 was Mrs. Carmody of Stephen King's The Mist. This movie had extremely mixed reviews, but I was captivated and thoroughly entertained. An elderly townswoman with a borderline reputation as a witch and an extreme belief in a bloodthirsty God, her speeches sound like something ripped straight out of a John Edward's sermon. She actively thrives in the situation of the townspeople being trapped in the supermarket by unknown creatures. She starts out as being seen as just another crazy Jesus freak, and eventually ends up convincing a large faction of the survivors that a human sacrifice must be made to clear away the mist. The survivors become almost cult-like and see the deaths of others a punishment by God. Luckily in the middle of another freak biblical speech, she is shot and killed by Ollie the assistant store manager. This woman is downright obsessed with God and even goes to say that as things go from bad to worse and the body count rises, Mrs. Carmody's vocal pronouncements of a "vengeful, Old Testament God" unleashing his wrath through these "plagues" begins to bring her followers. This woman is doing nothing more than taking advantage of fear. People will look towards anything with a solution when they are afraid, and she is milking it for all it's worth! I absolutely loved how much I hated the character and the performance of Marcia Gray Harden was WELL deserving of her Saturn Award.
So you'd think for a film that was SO monumental I'd be able to find an image of pretty much any scene right? WRONG. The last person I wanted to end today on was the almost forgotten about religious nut of Esmerelda in Edward Scissorhands. This woman who floods her house with Virgin Mary Candles and plays hymns on her keyboard throughout the day is the ONLY woman in Suburbia who isn't completely infatuated with Edward. She's convinced he's the spawn of Satan and begins spouting off biblical references that the rest of the town scoffs at. I loved the character and felt she was completely necessary for the film. If some guy walked into town looking like that...I'd be waiting for someone to preach gospel to me too.