40 Horror Movies That Oddly Sum Up Life as a Parent

Tanvier Peart | Sep 29, 2018 Movies
40 Horror Movies That Oddly Sum Up Life as a Parent

Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place
Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures

There are so many joys that come with being a parent, that it can sometimes be hard to put them into words. From carrying LO in the womb (or anxiously awaiting for those adoption papers to become final), to the first year as a new mom or dad, there are tons and tons of happy feels. Well, there's also another side to parenting -- one that isn't full of gentle coos, picture-worthy moments, and general pleasantries. It's hard AF, to be honest, that can make the days long and sometimes horrible on more than one occasion -- and it's totally fine to admit that.

Because, at the end of the day, there is no mama or father walking this Earth who hasn't felt at one point like they're living out a scene in some horror movie.

There's a certain allure to the scary movie genre that keeps us wanting more, even though there are are scenes that make us run for the hills. It's entertaining, exciting in its own right, and downright frightening at times -- kinda like being a parent.

Believe it or not, there are some interesting parallels between being a mom or dad and horror movies that makes the journey as a parent all the more fun. (Seriously, it's OK to laugh -- a sense of humor can be nourishing to the soul.)

In honor of the parents in the game who are trying their best to keep hope alive and make it to the next scene, here's a look at how horror movies basically sum up life as a mother or father. In many ways, we are all our own leading ladies (and gents) in our real-life stories that sometimes can be living nightmares.

... and we wouldn't trade it for the world.

  • 'Urban Legend'


    Remember all those parenting "tips and tricks" people told us that would magically get LO to stop crying and go to sleep everyone swears by?

    Yeah, complete urban legends.

  • 'Stay Alive'


    In Stay Alive, the name of the game is surviving a deadly video game, so what happens in the virtual world doesn't happen in reality. In the life of a parent, the name of the game is surviving.

    ... period.

  • 'Saw'


    The journey as a parent has some similarities to the Saw movie series: It's full of unexpected twists and turns, often throws unsolvable puzzles our way, and usually requires some type of physical sacrifice to survive (LOL).

  • 'The Exorcist'


    Any parent who attempts to get a fussy child to sleep can likely relate to this on a spiritual level.

    The struggle is real, y'all.

  • 'A Quiet Place'


    Like this movie, parents will protect their quiet homes at all costs -- even if it means chasing down the delivery guy before he rings the doorbell and wakes up a sleeping baby.

  • 'Paranormal Activity'


    Yeah ... any parent who's the proud mom or dad of little ones deals with some "paranormal activity" on the daily. Whether it's a whiny child who acts borderline possessed, or living spaces being spotless one minute before looking all sorts of ransacked in the blink of an eye, this film series is relatable.

    And then there are those oh so wonderfully creepy AF baby monitor video clips of LO that are what nightmares are made of.

  • 'Poltergeist'


    Poltergeist are supernatural beings known for loud, unexplained noises. Hmm ... what does this sound like?

    (Answer: A toddler during any given day of the week.)

  • 'Conjuring 2'


    A single mom raising four kiddos at home? Yeah, we totally get trying to conjure something up ...


    If only the undead crew would stop being so darn spooky and help out with homework, or wash dishes ... something!)

  • 'The Descent'


    Granted, there are no subterranean creatures lurking in the average home, but boy oh boy can it feel like a "descent" going to retrieve something left in a dark living room.

    Watch out for those Legos.

  • 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'


    If we had a dollar for every time our children acted up in a store or made us think they were possessed during a tantrum, we'd be billionaires.

  • 'The Shining'


    One amazing mom power is the ability to communicate with our children without having to utter a word. They know "the look" we give when they are getting into drawers they have no business getting into and try to do the very thing we told them not to.

    Some might call it "the shining," but we consider it more along the lines of "touch that again and see what happens."

  • 'Dawn of the Dead'


    Dealing with sick kids and a sick significant other ("man colds" are the worst) has been known to make moms feel like they're trying to care for a group of undead individuals who will stop at nothing to get and keep her undivided attention.

  • 'Halloween'


    Sibling rivalries are a real thing and can be very (very) dangerous if left unchecked.

  • 'Don't Breathe'


    So maybe it wasn't wise for people to try and rob a blind veteran in Don't Breathe, but this movie definitely encroaches in the parenting world as every mom and dad holds their breath tippy-toeing away from a baby's crib after LO finally goes to sleep.

  • 'Hellraiser'


    With a title like this, it needs no explanation as to how it relates to being a parent.

  • 'Rosemary's Baby'


    Like this movie, there's always some horrifying thing -- or reality -- lurking around every corner. A spoiled snack growing mold under the sofa. "Poo" smears on the wall. Interesting "gifts" the kids made from questionable ingredients.

  • 'Psycho'


    Everyone reaches their limit at some point, and parents are no different.

    (Obviously we don't go around hurting people, but ya get the drift.)

  • 'Fright Night'


    Replace the hunky vampire next door with a unrelenting neighbor who complains about kids toys in the yard -- or LO playing "a little too loudly" in the house -- and ya have a real-life Fright Night.

    Sadly, a pint of blood likely wouldn't help keep these wonderful people away. (Who knows, maybe a cross will and some holy water will.)

  • 'Get Out'


    It's only natural for parents to feel like they're in the sunken place from time to time, unable to move as they watch life pass them by.

    Hey, we can only do our best, right?

  • 'The Strangers'


    Sometimes, a pal a mother hasn't seen since she's been holed up at home taking care of LO who swings by can be a frightening (but welcome) surprise. After all, being a parent can sometimes make moms and dads temporary strangers to the outside world.

    Hopefully, they don't sneak into the house, wear funky sack masks, or write sh*t on the windows that need cleaning later.

  • 'The Others'


    God bless the family and friends who want to help once a new baby arrives ... But showing up to the house unexpected -- or setting up camp for the unforeseeable future -- is not the move.

    After a while, it can feel like people are taking over the house, kinda like how Nicole Kidman felt in The Others.

  • 'The Omen'


    Remember the movie The Omen and how no one believed Damien did all the evil stuff he did?

    Yeah, that's basically every grandma everywhere.

  • 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'


    Sometimes, being a parent can really feel like being in A Nightmare on Elm Street -- minus the creepy guy chasing after us with killer knives. We're sleep deprived, have the craziest dreams, and sometimes have difficulty telling what's real and what isn't.

  • 'Night of the Living Dead'


    In Night of the Living Dead, zombies plague the Earth and a rural farmhouse. In real life, parents are practically "the walking dead" as we're wired from getting little to no sleep and being up with a fussy baby.

  • 'Quarantine'


    Oh the joys of being stuck in the house with a sick baby or toddler (or significant other who can't seem to survive).

  • 'It'


    Clowns are truly creepy AF. And if there's one thing that turns up the terror level as a mom or dad, it's seeing these creepy AF clowns at the 50 million birthday parties LO gets invited to attend.

    They just won't go away!

  • 'Carrie'


    Let this be a message to mom-shamers everywhere: At some point, people are going to reach their breaking point and snap.

    Carry on.

  • 'The Ring'


    Kids are so demanding. "Give me this to eat!" "Buy me this toy!" "Watch and share this video or die in seven days!"


  • 'Resident Evil'


    As much as Alice (Milla Jovovich) woke up and didn't know where she was -- or what the heck was going on -- throughout films in the Resident Evil series, yeah, we can relate as moms.

    If we go down for a quick nap (assuming we can actually take one), God knows what state the house will be in when we wake up.

  • 'Mother!'


    TBH, we're still kinda confused about what the heck happened in the movie Mother!

    But we can relate to Jennifer Lawrence's character -- feeling overworked, overwhelmed, dealing with random a** people in her house at random a** times, and not so much as getting a "thank you" -- with every ounce of our being.

    Being a mother is a hard job that often gets taken for granted by others.

  • 'Child's Play'


    As parents, we often appease our kiddos by purchasing whatever is the latest and greatest toy. But sometimes, these playthings turn out to be pure evil -- randomly sounding off in the middle of the night and becoming a complete and utter thorn in our sides.

    And we can't throw them away, 'cause LO will notice.

  • 'Silent Hill'


    Oh, the lengths mothers will go to make sure our children are safe.

    (Side note: People who haven't seen Silent Hill won't get this reference and need to watch the movie with the lights on should they wish to be in the know.)

  • 'The Purge'


    Tell a mom (or dad) about a diaper sale at Target with additional savings using the Carthwheel app and see how fast parents are willing to fight.

    (All jokes aside, please don't catch a case. Bail is expensive.)

  • 'The Sixth Sense'


    Being a parent is kinda like starring in The Sixth Sense: Moms and dads are focused so much on their kids' problems that they fail to pay attention to important details.

    ... like being dead (or something else important).

  • 'The Collection'


    Didn't see The Collection? No problem, here's a quick rundown. A guy plans a heist inside some wealthy people's house but ultimately discovers someone else had his eyes on it and set up some pretty deadly booby traps.

    No, parenting isn't like trying to inflict pain on someone in their home ... but it sure does involve moms and dads stepping on some hurtful sh*t that gets left behind -- in our case, by our wonderful children.

  • 'The Visit'


    This M. Night Shyamalan flick has been described as "two siblings [who] become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation." As parents, we would find our moms and dads' behavior disturbing if and when they let our children, who already have a tough time adhering to their bed schedule, stay up as late as they want, eat what they want, and do what they want.

    Yup, that "visit" sounds like a nightmare (for us when we pick them up) waiting to happen.

  • 'Dead Silence'


    TBH, this is one movie where we can with the spirit who wants people to be quiet and stop talking.

    Our names get called enough as is on a daily basis.

  • 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer'


    There might not be some creepy guy with a hook hellbent on chasing us -- or his son trying to do his dirty work -- but most times, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer reflects what parents feel planning a season of fun activities and trips only to have them blow up in their faces, all because kids didn't "feel like it."

    Don't ask us to plan anything again (LOL).

  • 'Final Destination'


    It's amazing how random things can align to create an unexpected catastrophe -- like freak of nature accidents (a child hopping off the couch who needs to go to the emergency room) or ungodly messes.

    Guess certain things are just meant to be, no matter how hard you try to cheat them.

  • 'Gothika'


    Aside from feeling like we deserve to be in a mental ward from time to time, it would be really great if people would believe us when we, as moms, say something is wrong.

    Chances are we aren't lying.

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