By Brad Gullickson · Published on October 29th, 2022
Webster’s Dictionary defines October as “dreadful days.” Don’t bother looking at it; This is true. Most people take this to mean highlighting one horror movie a day, but here at FSR, we’ve taken that horror up a notch or nine, celebrating each day with a top ten list. This article about the best horror movies where they actually kill the kid is part of our ongoing series The 31 Day Horror List.
After dogs, babies are the most valuable movie objects. Push one or both of them through the meat grinder on the screen, and you’ll lose half the audience instantly. The other half are probably laughing. These are patients. These are the people reading this article (they are definitely the weirdos who wrote the article).
Horror has always sought/shattered the taboo. It is a genre where filmmakers and audiences fight against society’s norms, suggesting a paradoxical perspective on cultural truth. Babies are darling little angels. They represent the possibility of tomorrow, our hopeful proposition for the future. Killing one of these buggers on screen is FU for now. The world around us is reeling in despair, and we must express our roaring rage. To hell with the future; It goes on fire. John Carpenter, please shout for us.
The ten movies listed below were assembled by Rob Hunter, Anna Swanson, Chris Koffel, Jacob Trussell, Valerie Attenhofer, Meg Shields, and yours truly. These are the flicks where the filmmakers do the unthinkable and kill the kid. Maybe you thought they had a chance. Perhaps their destruction was foreshadowed from frame one. Either way, Paul never fails to raise the floor and half the crowd rushes to the exit.
10. The Blob (1988)
AD (Douglas Emerson) makes approx. He survives his movie theater encounter with the Blob, but the transport through the sewers proves too tough. Even with Meg (Shawnee Smith) sinking into the mud behind him, the guy never stood a chance of making it through the runtime. His final shriek garbles a wet, greasy face, and it’s a gorehound’s delight. His death is there to challenge the survival rate of everyone around him. If he can go, little brother Kevin (Michael Kenworthy) can go, and street-tough boy-toy Brian (Kevin Dillon) can go. The blob doesn’t discriminate. We are ready to melt all the meat. (Brad Gullickson)
9. Kill List (2011)
the matter of The kill list Everyone who sees this will try their best not to tell you that the baby will definitely die. Oh boy, does a baby ever die The kill list. It’s a fact that Boo Crew has been deliberately obscure the dozen or so times we’ve recommended Ben Wheatley’s paranoid folk horror thriller over the years, but that’s what this list is all about, I guess. Now out of the bag. Or, more accurately, the baby is out of clothes.
To say nothing more about it, hitmen made up of two soldiers (Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley) who become embroiled in a cult-like conspiracy when they take on the New Deal. For most of its runtime, The kill list A scary but fairly fear-free action thriller, but when its final scene hits, it veers into very messed-up and bone-chilling territory. (Val Attenhofer)
8. The Orphanage (2007)
If you’ve never seen it an orphan First, sorry for this big spoiler. But knowing Simon’s fate doesn’t lessen the impact J. A. BayonaAn emotionally devastating haunted house story. After a mother goes missing and cares about the death of her own son, she uncovers a long-lost secret about the orphanage she once called home. Is Simon’s disappearance connected to the supernatural activity plaguing the orphanage, or is it something more sinister? Although Simon’s fate isn’t confirmed until the final moments of the film, he’s just a dead kid in a mystery-based horror film. a lot Dead children. This producer is involved with the same theme of lost innocence Guillermo del Toro Layer on your work, especially The Devil’s Backbone, which also used the structure of archetypal haunted house ghost stories to tell a story that’s more tragic than just scary. (Jacob)
7. Frankenstein (1931)
There are many deaths of children on this list that illegally smile or laugh, but there are a few others that wreak havoc. little maria (Marilyn Harris) and demons (Boris Karloff) find a quiet moment together by the lake. They are friends. They’ve known each other for seconds, but they already love each other’s company, pulling petals from flowers and throwing them in the air. When they run out of petals, the demon is not ready to stop their game, so he throws the young girl into the lake. She sinks in and stays there. Cruel doesn’t know what he’s done, but the city sharpens their pitchforks and comes for his head. It’s a scene that won’t really climax Bride of FrankensteinWhen he speaks of his broken heart, “We are dead.” The world is an impossibly confusing place to suddenly wake up in. It is a bad thing to escape from it. (Brad Gullickson)
6. Jaws (1975)
There was already enough evidence to raise suspicions of sharks in the water, but Alex Kintner’s death made it all the more real. It was no longer a fantasy. It was the grief of a dead boy and mother and the all too real knowledge that there was a predator just a few feet out at sea. It is a brave step to give a child this cruel death, but it is also the most decisive. and Steven Spielberg We feel its devastation. Sure, it’s our fun shark movie, but when a movie hits you with real pain, it hits hard. (Anna Swanson)
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Brad Gullickson is a weekly columnist for Film School Rejects and senior curator for A Perfect Shot. When not here bragging about the movies, he’s been rambling about comics as the co-host of Comic Book Couple Counseling. Find him on Twitter: @MouthDork. (he/she)