Monstrous births

by Mighty_Emperor | last updated - 3 months ago | Public

A sub-section of body horror movies, that deal with killer babies, freakish pregnancies and other birth-related strangeness. Films that put the 'terror' in 'teratology'.

Further reading: Womb Monsters slideshow and Scahill, Andrew (2010) "Deviled Eggs: Teratogenesis and the Gynecological Gothic in the Cinema of Monstrous Birth." in Bienstock Anolik, Ruth (ed.) Demons of the Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature. McFarland. Pages 197-216. ISBN 978-0-7864-3322-3.

See also: Someone else has a list for evil kids, if you want to know what happens when these terrible tykes grow-up (hint: nothing good).

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1. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 154,970

2. It's Alive (1974)

PG | 91 min | Horror

5.8
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The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell

Votes: 5,559

3. Beyond the Door (1974)

R | 99 min | Horror

4.4
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Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil's baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her... but what does he really want?

Directors: Ovidio G. Assonitis, Robert Barrett | Stars: Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson, Gabriele Lavia, Nino Segurini

Votes: 1,175

4. Sharon's Baby (1975)

R | 95 min | Horror

3.9
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A woman gives birth to a baby, but this is no ordinary little tyke. The child is seemingly possessed by the spirit of a freak dwarf who the mother once spurned. Cue a spate of strange ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Joan Collins, Eileen Atkins, Ralph Bates, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 805

5. Embryo (1976)

PG | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.0
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A scientist doing experiments on a human fetus discovers a method to accelerate the fetus into a mature adult in just a few days. However, the "adult" fetus turns into a homicidal psycho ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Carrera, Diane Ladd, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 1,030

6. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

7.4
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 80,497 | Gross: $7.00M

7. Demon Seed (1977)

R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.3
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A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.

Director: Donald Cammell | Stars: Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 6,628

8. The Manitou (1977)

PG | 104 min | Horror

5.2
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A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Tony Curtis, Susan Strasberg, Michael Ansara, Stella Stevens

Votes: 2,110

9. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 20,347

10. Alien (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.5
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83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 642,023 | Gross: $78.90M

The scene with John Hurt scared (and inspired) a generation.

11. Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

R | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.7
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Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

Directors: Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Cindy Weintraub

Votes: 5,446

12. Horror Planet (1981)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.6
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A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Beacham, Steven Grives

Votes: 2,215

This, according to Scahill, marks the end of the "cinema of monstrous birth," at least the most fertile period ripe for analysis - there are still plenty of post-1981 films in this are that manage to delight and appal.

13. Xtro (1982)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.5
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A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport | Stars: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin, Maryam d'Abo

Votes: 4,419

14. Mo tai (1983)

84 min | Horror

6.0
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A woman becomes possessed and dies after a monster is released from an antique vase she had purchased. Twelve years later the monster is re-awakened. First he possesses the family's dog, before moving on to the woman's nephew.

Director: Hung-Chuen Lau | Stars: Eddie Chan, Yung-Chang Chin, Pak-Kwong Ho, Meng-Kuang Hsu

Votes: 217

aka Devil Fetus

15. The Fly (1986)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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79 Metascore

A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel

Votes: 131,771 | Gross: $40.46M

16. Bad Taste (1987)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett

Votes: 38,911

Oh Peter Jackson, how we miss the ends of your films which involve weird 'births.'

17. The Terror Within (1989)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.9
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When a chemical warfare leaves the world barren and filled with mutated monsters, a band of survivors in a underground complex battles one of the creatures who was able to break in.

Director: Thierry Notz | Stars: Andrew Stevens, Starr Andreeff, George Kennedy, Terri Treas

Votes: 971 | Gross: $0.86M

18. Baby Blood (1990)

R | 82 min | Horror

5.8
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When a strange creature crawls into a woman's uterus she becomes a killer in order to feed the tiny terror growing within her.

Director: Alain Robak | Stars: Emmanuelle Escourrou, Christian Sinniger, Jean-François Gallotte, Roselyne Geslot

Votes: 1,183

19. The Unborn (1991)

R | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.0
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A couple who cannot have children joins an in-vitro fertilization program. While she is with child, she finds strange occurrences happening within her body. The horror surrounding the child... See full summary »

Director: Rodman Flender | Stars: Brooke Adams, Jeff Hayenga, James Karen, K Callan

Votes: 785 | Gross: $1.16M

20. Basket Case 3 (1991)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

4.5
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Duane recovers from his delusional breakdown to find his freakish basket-bound brother Belial will soon become a father. But not everything is joyous as the once tight knit brothers no longer seem to trust each other.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: Kevin Van Hentenryck, Annie Ross, Gil Roper, Dan Biggers

Votes: 2,456

aka Basket Case 3: The Progeny

21. Braindead (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

7.5
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54 Metascore

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 82,486 | Gross: $0.24M

"Bad Taste" could have just been an accident but in the ending of this film the main protagonist is 'born' from his own mother, again. Analyse that.

22. The Johnsons (1992)

103 min | Adventure, Horror

6.0
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According to an ancient Indian tale a giant monster embryo residing in a crystal vase is predetermined to fertilize a blue-eyed woman. She will give birth to something evil to unleash ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolf van den Berg | Stars: Monique van de Ven, Esmée de la Bretonière, Kenneth Herdigein, Rik van Uffelen

Votes: 635

23. Revenge of Billy the Kid (1992)

87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.7
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The horny farmer McDonald has his wicked way with a goat. Life returns to normal for the family, until the goat gives birth! The mutant off spring, called Billy, is tormented by the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Groom | Stars: Michael Balfour, Samantha Perkins, Jackie D. Broad, Bryan Heeley

Votes: 303

24. Warlock: The Armageddon (1993)

R | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

5.3
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An order of Druids train their children to battle an evil Warlock determined to unleash Satan upon the world by bringing a collection of six mystic rune stones together.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Julian Sands, Chris Young, Paula Marshall, Joanna Pacula

Votes: 4,330 | Gross: $3.90M

25. The Unborn II (1994)

R | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.0
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A sinister fertility experiment has created a generation of twisted children. A relentless woman has made it her business to destroy these mutant babies before they destroy the world! One ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson | Stars: Michele Greene, Robin Curtis, Scott Valentine, Darryl Henriques

Votes: 297

26. Progeny (1998)

R | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.8
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An unsuspecting woman is impregnated by aliens who are experimenting on the human population.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Arnold Vosloo, Jillian McWhirter, Brad Dourif, Lindsay Crouse

Votes: 1,219

27. Species II (1998)

R | 93 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.3
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19 Metascore

An astronaut gets infected with alien DNA during the first mission on Mars and runs amok on earth. Preston and Laura team up with a peaceful, genetically re-engineered Sil to track the monster down.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger, Mykelti Williamson

Votes: 24,102 | Gross: $19.17M

28. Meng gui shi ren tai (1998)

85 min | Horror, Romance

4.8
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When an ancient treasure is violated by Chinese soldiers, each of their wives become pregnant and possessed simultaneously. A rogue priest and a chef must try and kill the demons before they can infest the entire world.

Director: Kant Leung | Stars: Emotion Cheung, Annie Wu, Elvis Tsui, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 49

aka The Demon's Baby

29. Gozu (2003)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

7.1
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58 Metascore

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Yûta Sone, Shô Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino

Votes: 9,549 | Gross: $0.05M

Although its presence here could count as a spoiler.

30. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror

6.8
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Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury | Stars: Alysson Paradis, Jean-Baptiste Tabourin, Claude Lulé, Dominique Frot

Votes: 31,892

31. It's Alive (2008)

R | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

3.5
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A baby born to a human couple turns out to be a mutant monster with an appetite to kill when scared.

Director: Josef Rusnak | Stars: Bijou Phillips, James Murray, Raphaël Coleman, Owen Teale

Votes: 2,481

32. Grace (III) (2009)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.2
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52 Metascore

After losing her unborn child, Madeline Matheson insists on carrying the baby to term. Following the delivery, the child miraculously returns to life with an appetite for human blood. Madeline is faced with a mother's ultimate decision.

Director: Paul Solet | Stars: Jordan Ladd, Samantha Ferris, Gabrielle Rose, Stephen Park

Votes: 7,057 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Splice (2009)

R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.8
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66 Metascore

Genetic engineers Clive Nicoli and Elsa Kast hope to achieve fame by successfully splicing together the DNA of different animals to create new hybrid animals for medical use.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, Brandon McGibbon

Votes: 83,719 | Gross: $17.00M

34. Zombie Babies (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror

3.1
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When a group of expecting young couples head to Burt Fleming's mountaintop hotel for a weekend retreat (and discount abortions), they get more than they bargained for when the fetal undead come back for vengeance.

Director: Eamon Hardiman | Stars: Rob Cobb, Ford Austin, Missy Dawn, Brian Gunnoe

Votes: 149

35. Bad Biology (2008)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

4.7
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Driven by biological excess, a man and a woman search for sexual fulfillment, unaware of each other's existence. Unfortunately, they eventually meet, and the bonding of these two very unusual human beings ends in a god awful love story.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: Charlee Danielson, Anthony Sneed, Mark Wilson, John A. Thorburn

Votes: 3,444

36. Won Ton Baby! (2009)

97 min | Comedy, Horror

5.8
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Former brothel owner struggles to protect her family from a parasitic twin.

Director: James Morgart | Stars: Debbie Rochon, Lou Martini Jr., Suzi Lorraine, Justin Derry

Votes: 53

37. Humanoids from the Deep (1996 TV Movie)

R | 86 min | Action, Drama, Horror

4.0
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While a town is in a state of alert, the monster of the sea keeps mutating the townspeople at an alarming rate. A researcher finds a genetic disorder that has been caused by a chemical that... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Yonis | Stars: Emma Samms, Robert Carradine, Justin Walker, Mark Rolston

Votes: 589

38. Hell Baby (2013)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror

4.8
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41 Metascore

An expectant couple who moves into the most haunted house in New Orleans call upon the services of the Vatican's elite exorcism team to save them from a demonic baby.

Directors: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon | Stars: Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Alex Berg, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 7,981 | Gross: $0.00M

39. Decoys 2: Alien Seduction (2007 Video)

R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.7
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Sam, a college student in a small Northwestern town, reluctantly joins his roommates in a contest to see who can hook up with the most gorgeous co-eds by the end of the semester. But when men slowly start disappearing around town, he and his friends learn that when it comes to beautiful women, it's what's inside that really matters.

Director: Jeffery Scott Lando | Stars: Corey Sevier, Tyler Johnston, Kailin See, Kim Poirier

Votes: 2,026

40. The Unnamable (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror

4.9
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High school students check out a haunted house where in the 1800's an ugly monster called "the Unnamable" was trapped in a vault.

Director: Jean-Paul Ouellette | Stars: Charles Klausmeyer, Mark Kinsey Stephenson, Alexandra Durrell, Laura Albert

Votes: 1,542

41. Bad Milo (2013)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

5.7
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62 Metascore

A man learns that his unusual stomach pains are being caused by a demon living in his intestines.

Director: Jacob Vaughan | Stars: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Mary Kay Place

Votes: 5,971 | Gross: $0.02M

42. Zombeak (2006 Video)

72 min | Horror

3.8
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On the darkest night of the year, when Satan is allowed free reign to walk the earth, a motley crew of Satanists kidnap a sharp tongued southern waitress to be a given up as the Dark One's ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Drog | Stars: Illya Allman, Barry Bishop, Sarah Frances Conkle, Stephanie Conkle

Votes: 97

43. Rise of the Zombies (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

4.0
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During a zombie apocalypse ,a group of survivors hide on Alcatraz Island to escape from rising zombie hordes. When their refuge is overrun, and upon hearing that a scientist may have ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Lyon | Stars: Ethan Suplee, Mariel Hemingway, LeVar Burton, Danny Trejo

Votes: 2,809

44. Amphibious Creature of the Deep (2010)

R | 83 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

3.6
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Marine biologist Skylar Shane hires an expat charter boat captain, Jack Bowman, to help her find prehistoric life form samples in the north Sumatran Sea. During the expedition, they run ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Verdi Solaiman, Mohammad Aditya, Steven Baray, Dorman Borisman

Votes: 818

45. Antibirth (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror

4.9
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56 Metascore

In a desolate community full of drug-addled Marines and rumors of kidnapping, a wild-eyed stoner named Lou wakes up after a wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Perez | Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly, Mark Webber

Votes: 2,265

46. Cradle of Fear (2001 Video)

Unrated | 120 min | Horror

4.4
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A gruesome homage to the cult Amicus anthology Asylum, Cradle of Fear unfolds four screamplays all linked by the unspeakable need of an incarcerated child killer to wreak vengeance on those... See full summary »

Director: Alex Chandon | Stars: Dani Filth, Emily Booth, Stuart Laing, Edmund Dehn

Votes: 2,991

47. The Void (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.8
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62 Metascore

Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.

Directors: Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski | Stars: Aaron Poole, Kenneth Welsh, Daniel Fathers, Kathleen Munroe

Votes: 17,625 | Gross: $0.15M

48. Bride of Chucky (1998)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

5.4
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Chucky, the doll possessed by a serial killer, discovers the perfect mate to kill and revive into the body of another doll.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Katherine Heigl, Nick Stabile

Votes: 43,859 | Gross: $32.38M