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By James Whittington, Tuesday 12th June 2018
Kids! What are they like? Some can be cute, others can be little devils... literally!
Today is the 50th anniversary of the classic shocker Rosemary's Baby so here we take a look at five of the finest devil child movies. Do you agree with our list and which ones would you refuse to babysit?! Note we have not included the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Junior as that's horrific in other ways (!)
5: Devil's Due (2014) A recently married couple on honeymoon experience a bizarre warning, a long journey, come across some strange symbols, then are drugged, left in a room and a couple of weeks later the wife discovers she's pregnant! Her pregnancy is a time of torture for her and convinced she's being watched. Could her child be not from this world? Often derided as being a "found footage Rosemary's Baby" this is an effective piece of cinema with some great effects and a star turn from Allison Miller as the expectant mother.
4: Beyond the Door (1974) Our very own Juliet Mills stars in this spin on the "pregnancy from hell" genre as a woman carrying her third child who has started presenting signs she maybe possessed. Cue head-spinning, buckets of vomit, and lots of "strange voices" as this Exorcist inspired shocker plays mind games with its audience towards a very dark and bizarre ending.
3: The House of the Devil (2009) This atmospheric throwback to 1980s horror from Ti West is a slow burner that gives us a cracking final twist. There's a lunar eclipse due as a student named Samantha takes on a job as a babysitter and all is well until she discovers that her clients are keeping a rather sinister secret. There's plenty of atmosphere and anxiety for Samantha (Jocelin Donahue) to experience and how she is duped into the final situation is incredibly sinister. Often reviewed as a metaphor for that period in time, The House of the Devil is fine example of solid movie making.
2: Antibirth (2016) Body horror and pregnancy movies go hand in hand and this gruesome effort from Danny Perez is a gruesome example. A woman wakes up after a wild party and and her friends think she's pregnant, thing is she's not had sex for over a year. This leads to many scenes of hallucinations and bizarre drug abuse. Oh, and conspiracy theories about a new race being created. This is not your straight forward movie and has many sequences that will test even the hardest of horror movies fans but it should be applauded for bringing something new to the genre.
1: Rosemary's Baby (1968) This superior horror movie from Roman Polanski is a defining entry into the cinema of the 1960s. Starting Mia Farrow we follow Rosemary who is suspicious of her neighbours that reside in her apartment block. She discovers they are in fact a coven of witches which is pretty bad, but her husband and her doctor are part of this strange cult too and are all conspiring to impregnate her with the seed of Satan. Tight, atmospheric and truly claustrophobic the film is an immaculate horror filled with tension and pain that still some five decades later contains the power to chill. There was a TV movie follow up, Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby released in 1976, the reception for it wasn't as positive as that of the original.
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