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Mar 18, 2014
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When it comes to horror flicks, sometimes size does matter.

Giants like Godzilla, King Kong, and Ghostbusters’ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man inflict a grander kind of fear–the kind that makes you want to take cover, hide underground, and evacuate your congested city. But when the source of scares is something much smaller than the average human being, the frights it can induce are much more chilling.

These tiny creatures could attack you mid-dump from the toilet, pop out of the cupboard as you grab that midnight snack, or even peep right behind your shoulder as you read this. I-check mo dali!

Devil’s Due, which opens in cinemas today, is the latest supernatural thriller to deal with a miniature monster wreaking havoc. When newlyweds Zach and Samantha return from their honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, Sam finds out that she’s pregnant.

Strange things start to happen as her pregnancy progresses: She gains super strength, shoves raw meat down her trap at the grocery, and all signs start pointing to the fact that Beelzebub’s bebe is busting out of her vagina.


The kid isn’t even born yet and it’s already causing its parent’s headaches.

Taking a cue from this feral fetus, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite tiny terrors in movies. If we’ve missed any, kindly share your freaky faves in the comments section below!

1) Satan’s Spawn from Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Roman Polanski’s classic is the best kind of contraception. When Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow in one of her most iconic roles) and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) move into a worn-down New York apartment building, their neighbors take a keen interest in the couple. Soon, Rosemary is with child, but it’s born from rape, and the rapist in question: Satan himself.

2) Gremlins from Gremlins (1984)

Imagine your Christmas being rampaged by green malevolent creatures with pointy ears and sharp teeth. This is what happens in ’80s comedy-horror cult favorite Gremlins. Sure, they may look cute and cuddly at first, but add a little water and these garish ghouls instantly multiply, unleashing violence and terror to any Christmas caroler that gets in their way.  

3) Chucky from Child’s Play (1988)

As if dolls weren’t already creepy enough, the filmmakers of this harbinger of nightmares just had to possess the titular Good Guy toy with the soul of a dead serial killer. To live again, this murderous pound of plastic needs a human sacrifice, and who better than the young boy he’s been gifted to. Chucky’s signature line: “Hi I’m Chucky, wanna play?” No. We don’t. Seriously.

4) Heroin Baby from Trainspotting (1996)

Director Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s witty tale of heroin addiction isn’t exactly your conventional horror flick (unless you count diving into a grimy toilet to save suppositories horrific). But one memorable scene sees the protagonist, Renton (Ewan McGregor), going through major drug withdrawal. He hallucinates, seeing a co-drug abuser’s dead, swollen baby, crawling on his ceiling, twisting its head toward him. If a visit from the heroin baby from hell doesn’t get you off smack, then you’re a lost cause.

NEXT: Zombie babies are even worse!