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10 More Movies That Had the Balls to Kill a Child!

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Last year I listed off ten horror films that had the balls to kill off kids. As I mentioned in that listicle, it’s kind of a taboo to kill a kid in mainstream cinema. That being said, if any genre is going to break the child-killing taboo, it’s the horror genre. Many, many horror films feature child death scenes. Here are ten more films that had the balls to kill off a kid! 

Assault on Precinct 13

She asked for a vanilla twist, Mr. Ice Cream Man. I caught a lot of flack from commenters a couple of months ago when I made it known that I hadn’t seen about half of John Carpenter’s filmography, so I’m marathoning all of his films this month. I watched the original Assault on Precinct 13 for the first time earlier this week (I loved it) and what did I find? A child was murdered! That poor little girl just wanted her vanilla twist.


There are actually several child deaths contained in the Eli Roth-produced Clown (which finally saw a release earlier this year after years of delay), but one of the more memorable scenes is the one that takes place inside a Chuck E. Cheese-style play place. The river of blood falling into the ball pit is a rather gruesome image.

When a Stranger Calls

While you don’t actually see the children die in the opening scene of Fred Walton’s classic horror film, the description of what happened to them is no less chilling. In fact, it’s actually scarier to hear about it than to see it happen. After receiving several phone calls from the killer (Tony Buckley) asking her if she has checked the children, Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) discovers that the calls are coming from inside the house. She runs outside (and doesn’t check the children), only to learn that the killer had already murdered the children with his bare hands.

Sleepy Hollow

What’s more shocking about the fact that the little Killian boy is killed in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow is that it was the centerpiece of the teaser trailer for the film (I still remember it giving me the creeps when it played before my screening of The Haunting in 1999). Nothing like a decapitated child to make you want to see a movie!

Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds

Feast 2 is not a good movie (no movie with the subtitle “Sloppy Seconds” could really be classified as a good movie), but it does feature a rather hilarious instance of infanticide. Greg (Tom Gulager) attempts to go save a baby from the vicious monsters, only to realize that he made a huge mistake when the baby ends up slowing him down. He promptly tosses the baby up in the air and it splats onto the concrete before being eaten by one of the monsters.

Maximum Overdrive

This one is a bit cliché to include on a list of child deaths, but it’s a classic! Stephen King’s sole directorial effort is famous for its awfulness, but it’s such a fun movie to watch. One unforgettable moment comes when a steamroller bursts onto a baseball field and rolls over one of the pre-teen players.

Alice, Sweet Alice

Brooke Shield’s feature film debut was a brief one. She gets killed in the first twenty minutes of Alice, Sweet Alice. Her nine-year-old Karen is strangled by a mysterious person wearing the creepiest translucent mask ever made. It’s a rather intense scene for a film made in 1976, but it certainly merits a spot on this list.

Battle Royale

If you want to watch a movie where a bunch of kids die, look no further than Battle Royale. They’re all roughly 15 or 16 years old, so they may not technically qualify as “children,” but they’re young enough for all of the carnage to be quite unnerving. 42 kids (21 male and 21 female) butchering each other makes for a shocking (but highly entertaining) movie.

30 Days of Night

Maybe this one shouldn’t count since the girl in question is an evil vampire, but she is technically still a child. And she does get decapitated. So I’m going to say that it counts.

The Mist

The Mist features what is one of the most downer endings in cinema history, so the fact that a child is killed in the film’s closing moments is really just a fraction of the whole. Still, it’s incredibly unsettling to watch David Drayton (Thomas Jane) load his gun before using it on his only sun. It’s not even Billy’s death that is difficult to watch (his death is off-screen). Rather, it’s David’s reaction to murdering Billy and the other three inhabitants of the car.



  • Mr. Dry

    I remember watching Sleepy Hollow as a child and getting totally disturbed by the child’s death scene. It was the first time I saw a child’s death on screen and it made me feel that I wasn’t safe at all. And, yes, it was a sleepless night.

    • Dude same!

    • The Drucifer

      At least it actually wasn’t on film. Quick cut away to save the day!

    • PeterGriffin

      That scene always stuck with me. It scared the crap outta me when I was little.

  • Surprised the over the top scene from the original Dawn of the Dead wasn’t on here! I mean yeah, they were dead kids, but they got wrecked beyond belief

  • Geno1987

    No AVP-R?

  • justin anthony

    What about when Dr. Decker is walking up the stairs toward the little boy in NightBreed

    • Eastman420

      Does he kill him though? Idk if he does or not. Thought he just killed the parents.

      • justin anthony

        I’m not positive but Decker is an absolute lunatic so pretty sure he did. The way he walks toward him up the stairs is pretty creepy

  • Rohan Sorensen

    Why does Stephen King kill kids in all his books? I mean, every single one there is at least one dead kid.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      The mist kid killing scene was not in the book from what I’ve heard. King said he would of wrote that though if he had thought of it

      • The story ends with them just driving off into the mist not knowing what lies ahead. The mass murder scene was written solely for the film. And yes, King prefers it to his own ending.

    • The Drucifer

      Probably had a lot to do with the fears he had with his children. Man writes what he knows.

  • Trent

    Sure, when a movie does it, the movie has “balls,” but when I do it, I get 25 to life.. Double standards..

    • Meisha’s Taint

      I laughed so hard out loud when i read this people started to look at me funny. Well done

  • Fairy Princess

    Where’s : Beware! Children at Play ?

    • Crooked Mile

      There you go.

  • Richter Belmont

    Martyrs (2008)
    The Blob (1988)
    Rawhead Rex (1986)

    • darklordofgorgoroth

      Martyrs on this list?

  • Grimphantom

    What, no Eddie from the 80’s Blob? You should be ashamed of yourself! And on Great Uncle’s Day no less!

    Assault on Precinct 13 that’s probably the most brutal, poor kid just wanted her ice cream.

    • James

      The blob should have been on this list!

      • It’s on the list I made last year. It is linked in the article. =)

        • Grimphantom

          Still it’s iconic!

          • It so is! Shocked the hell out of me the first time I saw it.

    • Matt

      Totally agree on the Precinct 13 one. That one just came out of nowhere. The one from The Blob was in the list posted last year.

  • Dan D Hynes

    What about the 1988 version of the Blob?

    • Grimphantom

      Thank you!

    • Matt

      It was in the first list posted last year.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Every one of those is just brutal. More horror films should take note of this. If you kill a child all of a sudden the movie is turned to 11!

    • LoveAnimation

      Most Movies and TV shows dont want to kill kids because sensitive people will complain about it.

  • Matt

    Great list. For me, the biggest WTF moment was the one from Feast 2. Killing a kid is terrible, but a infant? That is one sick, twisted mind to come up with that one.

    • Eastman420

      Didn’t see the second one. Please tell me that guy get Absolutley fucked up

      • Matt

        Unfortunately, no, he doesn’t die in this movie. He does, however, get a pipe stuck through his head. He finally gets killed in part 3.

  • BloodyDisgusted

    What about The Children (2008), that movie is criminally underrated.

    • Miranda

      Agreed. Great film!

    • The Drucifer

      Love that movie

    • David Rawlings

      Awful sound, though. Whoever was the sound recordist/mixer/boom operator/post production sound etc needs to have a word with themselves.

    • The Drucifer

      crazy underseen.

  • Creepshow

    The VVitch killed a child and a baby.

    • Matt

      Haven’t had the chance to see that yet, but I want to.

      • Creepshow

        Oh shit sorry. There goes my fat mouth again.

        • The Drucifer

          Damnit Creep! WTF! Lol.

          • Creepshow

            A thousand pardons for my tomfoolery.

          • The Drucifer

            It’s ok, we all end up a huckleberry from time to time.

          • Tiger Quinn

            You were spoiled by a movie that came out that long ago. Okay.

          • The Drucifer

            We were joking, hence the lol.

          • Tiger Quinn

            As was I, hence the comment that is so innocuous that it couldn’t offend anybody. But I hope this has helped you heal.

          • The Drucifer

            It did but it still burns when i pee

          • Tiger Quinn

            Heh. 🙂

          • The Drucifer


          • Rich Howard

            It came out a few months ago lol How is that “long ago”?

  • Ms. Ripley

    I was pretty shocked when the little boy in “Funny Games US” was killed. Definitely didn’t see it coming.

  • James

    The one that got to me was human centipede 2.

    Always loved that del toro wasn’t afraid to kill off kids.

    • Miranda

      Of all the depravity in Human Centipede 2, the death of the baby is the scene that bothers me the most.

      • The Drucifer

        By that point my wife and I were so done with the film it caused us and my friend .who visibly gagged during the first,to just burst out laughing. That movie…

      • James

        It was so random and horrific it was shocking.

        • Miranda

          I was stunned! And, the way the baby was killed was just so callous and gruesome. I feel all icky just thinking about it.

  • The Drucifer

    Serbian Film! Anyone?

    • huntermc

      That movie doesn’t just cross the line – it obliterates its.

      • The Drucifer

        That movie proved there never was a line. Just a lie we told ourselves…

        • Tiger Quinn

          That movie made me wonder what was wrong with me for even seeking it out.

          • The Drucifer

            Right?! I thought it was a brilliant film but fucking ugly.

  • The Drucifer

    My friend and I are attempting to make a short and every script I’ve written for him has something terrible happening to his kids. I play on his fears and passive aggressively get to show those kids what’s what.

  • David Rawlings

    The Happening. Kid + shotgun + Mark Whalberg = priceless.

  • C. Carpenter

    I have an award winning short horror story called “Confession” about an old woman describing how she murdered all of her children through the years.

    I also have 2 short horror films that feature killing kids or dead children… One of which is also an award winner.

  • Ted C

    That’s a real professional headline there.

    • Thank you! I take pride in my professionalism.

    • Tiger Quinn

      YOUR web site is, of course, completely free of errors, you do everything perfectly, and everything you write never, ever makes a mistake. I wish I was you.

  • fannypack aficionado

    The Untold Story has an insane scene where a family with like 5 kids are all killed one at a time, in front of each other! FTW Hong Kong!!


    ‘Hobo With a Shotgun’ – 2 cokeheads with a Flamethrower + Schoolbus full of kids =

    • Eastman420

      Watched the other night. Fuck slick

  • 1EyeJack

    Pet Semetary. Gage should have been taught to look both ways before crossing.

  • David Wilke

    You forgot Halloween III

    • Nope! It’s in the article I wrote last year. I linked to it in the beginning of this article. =)

  • Fracassi

    Not a horror movie, so obviously not eligible. The first season of American Horror Story really freaked me out when Taissa Farmiga came across her corpse. Something about her presence being there while her body was decaying really struck a chord.

    • I agree, but I do feel like her being dead was pretty obvious three episodes before it was revealed.

      • Fracassi

        Definitely. Just wasn’t expecting the creepy corpse.

  • Michael Woodier

    Baby blues and Inside (french film)

    • Miranda

      Baby Blues was incredibly disturbing!

  • You gotta give props to Mimic for having the bug eat the two boys in the subway

  • DannX68

    Lies; Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds is fun… and steamy… 😛

    • Ughhhhhh no. I mean yes it is steamy, but it’s not good lol.

  • Baron Von Marlon

    New Kids Nitro: guys drives through a ramp instead of jumping off, killing a bunch of kids in the process. Youtube: New Kids Nitro – Stunt auto Rikkert
    Great movie btw.

    I think most if not all the kills in Clown were off-screen.
    Off-screen kills shouldn’t count.
    And the scene from Feast 2 was an instant classic imo.

    • But you see the body parts, so I counted it. 😉

      • Baron Von Marlon

        Fair enough 🙂

        Check out New Kids Nitro if you have the chance.
        It’s a raunchy Dutch comedy that turns into a zombie flick halfway through.

  • Kirk Brainard


    • I believe that’s in the article I posted last year. It’s linked in the beginning of this article. =)

  • Horrormikfl

    Oh….the baby being drained dry by the hungry vampire in opening two Friggin minutes of STAKE LAND!! Disturbingly realistic.

    • Eastman420

      Yes thank you, that set the tone of the movie right away. Stakeland 2 coming soon!! Think showing on scyfi channel this weekend. Cant watch on tv though.

  • Horrormikfl

    Also the sudden murder of Piggy in the LORD OF THE FLIES remake, death by head-smashing boulder. Another quick, disturbing child death. Obviously not a full-on horror movie, but definitely gets to you.

  • Erik The Red

    The Witch? A baby and three kids get killed. Not too shabby. Creepy shit when a baby and multiple kids are killed in the same film.

    • Miranda

      And, the baby was ground up and basically used as war paint! Crazy!

      • Rich Howard

        LOL I don’t think that was supposed to be “War paint”

        • Miranda

          Well, I know… It was part of a spell. I was just trying to lighten the mood of the scene a little since it was so dark. 🙂

          • PsychoMantis18

            To be specific – possibly as lubricant on the broom; witches love that shit.

    • Daniel Anderson

      Within the first 10 minutes. As soon as the lady was sitting there grinding it up with that nice touch of creepy claps. Fantastic.

  • ThunderDragoon

    So glad to see Clown on here. I waited so many years to see it (since the fake trailer) and I finally saw it this year. Such a great movie.

  • SilasBottlecap

    The pool scene in from ALLIGATOR fucked with my childhood and pools for too long!

    • Daniel Anderson

      Yeeeeessssssss. Excellent scene.

    • God, I remember that scene, disturbing as hell… and then the kid on the yellow lilo in Jaws.

  • Dr. Erika

    How bout Revenge of the Sith? Didn’t a number of padawans get killed? And I know the murder was committed by a child but I also think about the Bad Seed

  • Daniel Anderson

    How about a Serbian Film with the new born, too dark?

  • augster3

    Antichrist was definitely one that stuck with me. That opening was insane. One of the few moments while watching a film where I felt helpless. I thought it was kinda funny but fucked up how they poked fun at it in Nymphomaniac.

  • Eizzy IceBorne

    I can remember the scene in Sleepy Hollow very well. It still gives me chills though you just see, that the headless horseman is just putting something into his sack.

  • DarkBree

    The Woman in Black

  • Briand

    Toxic avenger & truth or dare

  • PsychoMantis18

    So happy to see a list for this. Good job.

  • jsmoltz29

    For me the worst about in your face killing the kids was Cub. So fucked up but so brilliant

  • David Smith

    you forgot the Host. Awesome Korean Monster movie

  • Adam Wells

    The Good Son? I mean he had it coming but still tough to watch.

  • Randy Moses

    Hey, folks! If you don’t see a particular film on this list, check out the previous list first, it may be on there. Trace is usually well informed about his lists.

  • Frankie Ramos

    When a Stranger Calls and Alice, Sweet Alice always had an effect on me after watching them at a young age. Probably shouldn’t have done that, but I grew up being a very avid scary movie watcher. Always hated that Mist ending, especially considering safety comes literally right after he offs everyone else. I haven’t watched that movie since because of that ending.

  • L.T. Quinn

    There’s a scene in the 1988 version of the Blob, where one of the kids gets killed in the sewer by the title monster. More hardcore than most of the movies on this list.

  • Msk1987

    ‘murder set pieces’ and the untold story have very brutal child kill scenes. And a Serbian film of course. I can’t believe none of those were on the list

  • darklordofgorgoroth

    IT, ‘Salems Lot, Pet Sematary, Satan’s Little Helper, Freddy vs Jason, Battle Royale, ..

  • Evan3

    Sometimes its difficult to remember how innovative and good Tim Burton was as a director. That Sleepy Hollow scene is incredible. And he had the balls to kill the kid.

    I prefer the child death scene in Feast 1 personally. That sort of cemented the out of the norm vibe for the franchise.

  • PeterGriffin

    The Good Son

  • Dan D Hynes

    The bad seed
    The Guardian
    Demon Knight

  • Dr. Erika

    Krampus too! Such a silly fun movie

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