Monstrous birthsby 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
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.
3. Beyond the Door (1974)
R | 99 min | Horror
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?
4. Sharon's Baby (1975)
R | 95 min | Horror
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 »
5. Embryo (1976)
PG | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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 »
6. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 80,497 | Gross: $7.00M
7. Demon Seed (1977)
R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A scientist creates Proteus--an organic super computer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creators wife.
10. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
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
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.
12. Horror Planet (1981)
R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
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.
14. Mo tai (1983)
84 min | Horror
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.
aka Devil Fetus
15. The Fly (1986)
R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.
Votes: 131,771 | Gross: $40.46M
16. Bad Taste (1987)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.
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
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.
Votes: 971 | Gross: $0.86M
19. The Unborn (1991)
R | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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 »
Votes: 785 | Gross: $1.16M
20. Basket Case 3 (1991)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
aka Basket Case 3: The Progeny
21. Braindead (1992)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
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
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 »
23. Revenge of Billy the Kid (1992)
87 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
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 »
24. Warlock: The Armageddon (1993)
R | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 4,330 | Gross: $3.90M
25. The Unborn II (1994)
R | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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 »
27. Species II (1998)
R | 93 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 24,102 | Gross: $19.17M
28. Meng gui shi ren tai (1998)
85 min | Horror, Romance
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.
aka The Demon's Baby
29. Gozu (2003)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 9,549 | Gross: $0.05M
Although its presence here could count as a spoiler.
30. Inside (2007)
R | 82 min | Horror
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.
32. Grace (III) (2009)
R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 7,057 | Gross: $0.01M
33. Splice (2009)
R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 83,719 | Gross: $17.00M
34. Zombie Babies (2011 Video)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
35. Bad Biology (2008)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
37. Humanoids from the Deep (1996 TV Movie)
R | 86 min | Action, Drama, Horror
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 »
38. Hell Baby (2013)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
Votes: 7,981 | Gross: $0.00M
39. Decoys 2: Alien Seduction (2007 Video)
R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
40. The Unnamable (1988)
R | 87 min | Horror
High school students check out a haunted house where in the 1800's an ugly monster called "the Unnamable" was trapped in a vault.
42. Zombeak (2006 Video)
72 min | Horror
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 »
43. Rise of the Zombies (2012)
TV-14 | 89 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
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 »
44. Amphibious Creature of the Deep (2010)
R | 83 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
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 »
45. Antibirth (2016)
Not Rated | 94 min | Horror
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 »
46. Cradle of Fear (2001 Video)
Unrated | 120 min | Horror
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 »
47. The Void (I) (2016)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 17,625 | Gross: $0.15M