A really good horror movie can give viewers a phobia. Jaws, for example, made a lot of people afraid to go into the ocean. The Blair Witch Project kept others from going into the woods. Can a horror movie do something more extreme, like making you decide that you never want to be a parent? We'd argue yes, and these titles prove it.
Whether they're about difficult pregnancies, creepy babies, or vicious kids, these horror films offer up distressing visions of parenthood. Watch them and you'll conceivably second-guess your desire to be a parent. Best of all, each of these movies is pretty good and worth a look. A couple are even better than that, as you'll find several horror classics here.
Of course, being a parent has many rewards. Put one of these on the next time you're in the mood for some horror and you could find yourself opting to bypass those rewards - at least for the duration of the movie.
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Tilda Swinton gives one of the best performances of her career in We Need to Talk About Kevin. She plays Eva, a travel writer who failed to properly bond with her son Kevin when he was a baby. As a teen, he has become a sociopath with vicious tendencies.
This taut, disturbing story takes a look at the catastrophic things that can happen when a parent fails to properly nurture a child. Swinton and Ezra Miller, who plays Kevin, are both outstanding. We Need to Talk About Kevin just might give you a complex about whether you could raise a child to be a decent person.
- 2245 VOTESPhoto: 20th Century Fox
Kids can misbehave sometimes. A few of them even develop defiant, oppositional, or antisocial behaviors as they get a little older. The Omen takes that idea to a terrifying extreme. Richard Donner's 1976 horror classic imagines a little boy named Damien who is a devil-child - literally, as he's the spawn of Satan. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick play Robert and Katherine Thorn, the parents who receive this orphan and come to regret it soon afterward.
No spoilers here, but when you see what happens to the Thorns, you might decide never to chance having the devil inside your kid, as improbable as that scenario would be.
- 3255 VOTESPhoto: Radius-TWC
Few parenting concepts are as unnerving as the thought of having your own children turn on you. That's precisely what happens in Goodnight Mommy, a film that gives your shivers shivers. Nine-year-old twin boys wait for their mother to return home from cosmetic surgery. Once she does, the kids convince themselves that it isn't their mom underneath the bandages, so they tie her to a bed and duct tape her mouth closed. Then it gets really nasty.
Goodnight Mommy is a profoundly disturbing tale that suggests children are capable of horrific actions - and you could be the target.
- 4231 VOTESPhoto: New World Pictures
The central figure in Children of the Corn is Isaac, a boy who indoctrinates the kids in a small Nebraska town into a religious cult centered around a deity known as "He Who Walks Behind the Rows." The central tenet of this religion is that all adults must be eliminated. A couple traveling through town gets caught up in his madness.
Based on Stephen King's novel, Children of the Corn suggests that children are easily susceptible to bad influences and, therefore, might end up being dangerous to adults. That concept alone provides chills, especially for viewers with an aversion to kids. The film, which spawned a whopping eight sequels, will also instill in you a fear of ever entering a cornfield.