10 Horror Movies That Dared To Kill Kids

No one is safe from the things that go bump in the night, not even the children.

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Horror movies are known for their body counts. It doesn't matter who you are, if there is a homicidal maniac, blood thirsty alien, or malevolent soul lurking in the shadows, you better believe that folks are headed for an early grave.

If you listen to Randy Meeks, you'll know there are certain rules by which one must abide in order to survive a horror movie. But horror fans know that scary movies don't always follow the rules.

Abstinence, refraining from mind altering substances, and never saying "I'll be right back" may not save you, but there is one thing that will generally cast you invulnerable in a horror movie: being a child.

There is a sort of unspoken rule that stipulates children's lives must be spared. Maybe it's because they're young and innocent. Maybe it's because they have their whole lives ahead of them, but for whatever reason, horror movies don't typically kill kids.

Sure, a lot of slasher films off teenagers like they're going out of style, but let's be honest, they're far from innocent and almost always super irritating. But children always seem to be off limits.

Except of course, in these films.

10. Trick R Treat - P Is For Principal Is A Psycho Killer

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Although this film suffered numerous delays and an extremely limited theatrical run, it has still gone on to be a cult classic. The movie is made up of four intersecting stories, tied together by a mysterious trick-or-treater, wearing a burlap sack on his head.

In an early segment we meet the town’s principal, who notices a boy stealing candy from his yard after smashing people’s pumpkins. The principal confronts the boy, and talks to him about Halloween etiquette before offering him a chocolate bar. The boy eats the chocolate and starts vomiting blood immediately. The principal reveals that the chocolate was laced with cyanide, and that the boy should remember to “always check your candy”.

After the principal buries the boy’s body in the backyard, he retreats to his basement. There, the principal and his son begin carving the boy’s decapitated head like a jack o’lantern.


Ryan Lynch is a freelance journalist from the United States. He currently lives in Adelaide, Australia and writes for Adelaide-based music magazine Rip It Up. He wishes he could live like Hank Moody, but he watches too much TV and plays too many videogames to be that nonchalant.