When most people think of babies, the words that tend to come to mind are cute, tiny, harmless, and so on. This is what makes it so much more terrifying when that expectation is turned on its head in film. There's something sickeningly unnatural watching the little beings we're evolutionarily programmed to fawn over become killers, monsters, or demons. Even in less intense situations, like when a movie simply replaces a normal live baby with CGI for ease of filming, the result still gives people the creeps. It just looks... off.
So here's a list dedicated to those little weirdos - a countdown of the creepiest infants in film, from simple CGI faux pas to straight-up hellspawn. So which babies freak you out most? Don't forget to vote up the most horrifying ones to let us know!
Grace From 'Grace'
In this 2009 film, a woman gives birth to a child that was previously believed to be dead in the womb. At first, this seems like a miracle, until we see the baby attracting swarms of flies and taking milk so aggressively she appears to be sucking her mother's blood instead. As it turns out, she can only survive on human blood, and her mother is willing to do anything to get it for her.52837Creepy?
Ceiling Baby From 'Trainspotting'Photo: Miramax Films
When someone says "creepy babies in movies," this is probably one of the first things that comes to mind. Trainspotting may not be a horror movie, but it's certainly a movie about horror - the horrors of addiction. One of the worst scenes is when, after an infant child passes away from neglect, it appears to one of the characters in a fever dream, crawling around on the ceiling, turning its head 360 degrees, and just being generally terrifying.58475Creepy?
Maggot Baby From 'The Fly'Photo: 20th Century Fox
It's a...! Worm? In this classic film, protagonist Seth Brundle flies (ha) too close to the sun and accidentally infuses himself with fly DNA during a science experiment. When his love interest, Ronnie, learns this fact, along with the knowledge that she is pregnant by him, she subsequently dreams that she will birth not a human child, but a maggot. Luckily, it's only a nightmare.45072Creepy?
Renesmee From 'Breaking Dawn'Photo: Summit Entertainment
There's no winning with this one. When Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 first came out, even some fans were a little off-put by the uncanny-valley CGI baby Bella gives birth to. Luckily it's not on screen for too long, so it's easy to try to ignore. But it could have been even worse. There are some behind-the-scenes images which show a Chucky-esque animatronic doll that could have been used for filming instead.507104Creepy?