I say keep the manipulation aspect in as the caring woman she appears to be to the girls has some weight on her psyche. Throughout the movie, we can see her being a mother and having both remorse to sacrifice them.The problem is with mary barrows. Like, i fleshed out all the other characters, and turned Scissorman into more of a tragic villain, but mary...it's like i have no idea about her. With all the other characters being deeply flawed, but you still end up feeling sympathetic for them when shit hits them, mary still remains rather villainous. sure, she is the villain, after all, and obviously, the fact she's the villain will be revealed in a more subtle way, but is there anything else i can add to her character that can add more depth? Or her staying the manipulative villain can actually work.