Creepy Kids at the Movies
Macaulay Culkins plays a creepy kid Henry Evans in “The Good Son.”
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Do you get “scared” watching a horror flick? Or, do you get “startled?” There’s a difference between being truly scared and jumping when something unexpected jumps out at you. Forget about the bloodthirsty monsters or unstoppable serial killers in these horror flicks, it’s the creepy kids that are the real stars of horror films. Do you think the creepy kid at the heart of Orphan‘ is frightening? Here’s a ghastly collection of worse than ornery on-screen creepy minors that makes her look angelic — from Damien Thorn to Draco Malfoy. And here’s another thought: Have you ever noticed that most all the blonde kids are always bad news? Which creepy kid gives you the heebie-jeebies the most?
Abby / Lucinda (Lara Robinson)
Knowing (2009) - Why do all the aliens send the earth messages through kids? It must be easy to program their minds like when Abby starts writing numbers that turn into disastrous worldly events – even the eventual end of the world.
Barto (Ethan Cutkosky)
The Unborn (2009) - We all know younger siblings can be a pain in the butt – even the unborn ones. Barto, the unborn twin, stalks his older twin sister in hopes of being born into the world where his evil nature will reign supreme.
Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke)
Poltergeist (1982) - “They’re heeeere.” announces Carol Anne while watching late night TV. The Beast, the tree trying to eat the little boy, the chicken that came alive on the counter – they all stemmed from Carol Anne and her not knowing any better than to talk to strangers through the television.
Carry White (Sissy Spacek)
Carrie (1976) - A bullied high school girl develops telekinetic powers just before her senior prom. She exacts revenge, killing them all, at their senior prom.
Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore)
Firestarter (1984) - When you participate in experiments for extra money while in college, there are possibilities of side effects, like, say, mind control. And what happens to your offspring? They develop pyrokinetic abilities, so don’t make her mad. Charlie can set you aflame just by looking at you.
Children of the Corn (1984) - If just one murderous creepy kid, such as the ones in The Omen and The Good Son aren’t scary enough for you, how about a whole crop of them that are out to kill all the adults?
Claudia (Kirsten Dunst)
Interview with the Vampire (1994) - Typically young bad kids will bite. Child vampire Claudia however, goes straight for the jugular and asks for more.
Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment)
The Sixth Sense (1999) - Even though we know Haley Joel Osment is going to say, “I see dead people,” it still sends shivers up our spine when he says it. Osment gives a terrifying performance not because Cole is an evil kid, but because he’s a genuinely good-hearted youngster being terrorized by this fourth dimension.
Damien Thorn (Harvey Stephens)
The Omen (1976) - It must be frustrating to pretend to be occupied with kid stuff like Legos and scooters when you are the son of the Antichrist. People should know to beware of children with numbers inscribed on their heads – especially “666”. They are most likely the devil’s child and sooner or later they will start killing people.
Danny Torrance and The Grady Children (Danny Lloyd and Lisa Burns and Louise Burns)
The Shining (1980) - Before daddy starts chasing him with an axe, little Danny has a psychic connection with the demons of the Overlook Hotel. He channels their voices, screaming “REDRUM!” The Grady sisters haunt the hotel halls and taunt, “Come play with us.”
David Zellaby (Martin Stephens) & All the Other Kids
Village of the Damned (1960) - When an army of blonde-haired, blue-eyes, British-speaking kid-demons are all born on the same day they all have telepathic powers that are accompanied by glowing alien eyes. Some call children a gift from God, but these little bundles of terror have clearly been sent by a far more insidious power.
Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton)
The Harry Potter sagas - Blonde-headed Draco has been Harry’s number one rival since they first met on the Hogwart’s Express. He’s obnoxiously snobbish, rude, and extraordinarily wealthy, which makes him think he is better than everyone else.
Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman)
Orphan (2009) - Polite, artistic and warm…everything you’d hope for when adopting a child. But not everything is as it seems.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - The grotesquely-disfigured maniac with knives on the end of his fingers is not the scariest bit in the film. It’s the skipping girls who sing that horrible “Freddie’s coming for you” song.
Henry Evans (Macaulay Culkin)
The Good Son (1993) - This flick is both hilarious and disturbing the way Henry expertly holds a cigarette. This blonde bad-boys favorite line that sends shivers down the spine is, “I cause dead people.” He’s a wolf in s- eep’s clothing, willing to kill anyone to keep his secret.
Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair)
The Exorcist (1973) - Linda Blair’s transformation is still arguably the scariest movie ever made. When you’re possessed by Satan anything goes, including killing babysitters and priests, spewing vomit on your decor, and speaking in tongues. Tied to a bed, her face deformed and her mouth spewing forth an array of vulgar insults, her goals seem to be both homicide and suicide. Part of the reason why “The Exorcist” is often held up as the best horror film of all time is because such utter loss of control is a gut-wrenching prospect.
Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack)
The Bad Seed (1956) - Girls will be girls—and in the case of young pigtailed Rhoda being a girl involves murder, mayhem, and baubles like pendants, jewelry and penmanship awards. “The Bad Seed” is not just about a naughty little girl but a perverse universe in which parents defer to children, and where children do pretty much anything they want.
Samara Morgan (Daveigh Chase)
The Ring (2002) - Samara is kept locked in an attic and then thrown down a well, why shouldn’t she be pissed at the world? Now a member of the living dead, she jumps out of televised wells and scared people to death, while tracking dirty well water onto their carpets.
[Sources: Internet Movie Data Base]
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