Top Ten Killer Kids in Horror

1.Who Can Kill a Child? (1976): A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults. Who Can Kill a Child is most chilling in the sense that each of the maniacal young children find so much joy in their murderous acts. This Spanish export has a slow and methodical build that leads up to a number of supreme shocks, including our hero's retaliation against his young aggressors.

2.Eden Lake (2008): Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences. Director James Watkins takes a daring approach in dealing with the very real issues of underage violence in Britain. Eden Lake is bleak, bloody, and depressing, and leaves the viewer feeling as bruised and battered as the victims pictured on screen.

3.The Bad Seed (1956): A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect 8-year-old daughter is a heartless killer. Who would ever suspect the angel-eyed Rhoda to be a demon in disguise? The Bad Seed is one of the earliest and greatest examples of killer kids in Horror cinema. There is enough ambiguity left in the build to allow for plenty of mystery and suspense as Mrs. Penmark searches desperately for an answer.

4.Spider Baby (1968): A caretaker devotes himself to three demented children after their father's death. Jack Hill's cult-classic is a strange film oddity that is as oddly alluring as it is wickedly entertaining. The Merrye children suffer from a rare disease that causes them to regress mentally into a barbaric state, resulting in the deaths of several unfortunate trespassers that mistakenly wander onto the property.

5.Home Movie (2008): Something is very wrong with Jack and Emily Poe, two ten-year old twins. To stop them, their parents must enter the nightmare of their minds. The only question is: who will survive the night? Told in the “found-footage” format through several candid family videos, Home Movie is a chilling and terror-based thriller that will have audiences on the edge of their seats. The Poe children are truly a disturbing pair, and they dare you to watch until the very end!

6.Village of the Damned (1960): In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers. With the powers of telepathy and mind-control, the children of Midwich are terrifying, indeed, lashing out against any of the adults that might stand in their way. Their eerie appearance and cold, clinical speech makes them even more unnerving.

7.Children of the Corn (1984): A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. Children of the Corn is perhaps the most commonly-cited movie when it comes to killer kids, spawning nine films over the course of the series. From the opening scene, Children of the Corn is a very frightening experience.

8.The Brood (1979): A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation. David Cronenberg delivers another fearsome entry into his long line of body horror films with The Brood, this time materializing a pack of killer children out of his character's subconscious. The Brood are vicious and soulless killers, and strike with a frightening intensity.

9.It's Alive (1974): 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. Larry Cohen makes a strong social commentary on the questionable effects modern medicine might have on future generations, using the guise of the Horror film to make his attack. Although it is really quite dated by today's standards, It's Alive makes for some bloody good fun as the Davies baby tears through town on its murderous rampage!

10.Bloody Birthday (1981): Lacking consciences because they were born during a solar eclipse, a trio of 10-year-olds embark on an indiscriminate killing spree. Bloody Birthday is just downright fun, and far more entertaining than other similar entries like Devil Times Five or the dreadful Beware! Children at Play. These kids are absolutely relentless, and gleefully kill without a moment's hesitation.

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