Are babies born evil? Or do we make our children that way through excessive gift giving, too much TV time and Fun Fair Positive Soccer? In a new book just out by author Paul Bloom, Just Babies, examines some of the prevailing data on the moral behavior of babies. It may sound odd - how can a baby have any morality - but there have been numerous studies over the years on whether babies come out of the womb good or bad.
Bloom's book explores whether we are born as "blank slates" and if there is an innate ability to understand right from wrong.
Bringing together insights from psychology, behavioral economics, evolutionary biology, and philosophy, Bloom explores how we have come to surpass these limitations. Along the way, he examines the morality of chimpanzees, violent psychopaths, religious extremists, and Ivy League professors, and explores our often puzzling moral feelings about sex, politics, religion, and race.
As I am soon to be a first-time mother, the thought of bad babies have crossed my mind more than twice. It's an honest fear - what if my baby is totally evil! But as described in Just Babies, perhaps humans have the ability to overcome their primal instinct to be jerks and eventually we find our moral compass. Some of us.
But then there are those bad babies and kids in film and books that are just born to destroy. These are the kids we pray we never raise; they kill their pets for sport, they push their siblings out of windows and, worse yet, they make us feel like bad parents!
Here are the top five worst babies yet.
5. Hell Baby
In the spoof-style comedyHell Baby
, actor Rob Corddry and his very pregnant wife, played by Leslie Bibb, move into a haunted mansion in New Orleans thinking it's an excellent fixer-upper. Bad move. Bibb goes under the spell of the demonic haunt and it turns her newborn baby into something of the devil. Yeah, it's a comedy but it makes you think twice about moving into haunted mansions whilst pregnant.
4. The Devil's Child
Pretty typical fare for the demon baby genre (is that actually a genre?) that you can tell a lot about given the fact that its initial release was on the Lifetime Channel, inThe Devil's Child
pacts are made with the devil over first born sons. Dumb idea, people! The main character Nikki (Kim Delaney) not only is promised by her own mother to give birth to the antichrist, but then she has an affair with the devil. Worse idea! Of course she gets pregnant because the devil's seed is like a rocket ship, and then she has to figure out how to exorcize her baby - and I'm not talking about one of those spinny disk things that moms get to help their babies learn to walk.
3. Demon Seed
Made in 1977 when horror movies were still allowed to be disgusting,Demon Seed
is like a futuristicRosemary's Baby
. Based on a Dean Koontz novel, the movie focuses on a scientific experiment in which the main character Susan (Julie Christie) is forced into impregnation with an evil, robot creature. The movie ends with the baby saying, "I'm alive." This is the exact phrase I want and worry that my baby will come out saying as well.
2. The Omen
I know Damien, fromThe Omen
, is a little old to be considered a demon baby, but hell if that kid is not the scariest of evil children ever. I wonder if in theJust Babies
book the author examines newborns that are the spawn of Lucifer? I hope there is an entire chapter dedicated to this.
1. Rosemary's Baby
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I've said it once and I'll say it again,Rosemary's Baby
is the scariest devil baby movie ever made. You may not see the baby yourself but... "What have you done to its eyes!"