I love horror movies. The scarier the better! Sadly it’s been a very long time since a movie scared me to the point where I stayed up all night long with the lights on. When I was a young girl the pig eyes from Amityville Horror (1979) and the little vampire boy floating outside his friend’s window in Salem’s Lot (1979) gave me the heebie jeebies. To this day I have my reservations about opening up a closed curtain at night because you just never know what you might see. LOL!
I also find camping to be a bit unnerving. Of course I do have thoughts of Jason Voorhees, but more so I think about the bear from the movie The Prophecy (1979). That thing was scary! It looked like he was inside out. Ewww!
I just realized most of the movies that freaked me out a bit were made in 79′.
Kids are often the main characters in horror movies. We would like to think of little children as being sweet and innocent, but that is not always the case. Sometimes it’s the kids you need to be more afraid of.
Here is a list of some of the scariest kids in film.
Directed by Richard Donner (Superman), The Omen is the story of little Damien who is adopted by two loving parents who lose their first-born. Unfortunately for these two the cute little child they adopt is actually evil incarnate. Terrible twos is one thing, but the spawn of Satan waking you up in the morning, now that’s a morning routine in which you never want to take part.
The tragic loss of their unborn child devastates Kate (Up in the Air, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain
some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decide to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman)…but Esther is not what she appears to be and, concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet façade before it’s too late…for everyone. Not such a sweetheart after all then…
From producer Guillermo Del Toro, Orphanage or El Orfanato originally, is the story of a former orphan Laura who decides to reopen an orphanage for handicapped children. During the opening party, Simón (her son) calls her to show her his invisible friends’ cabin but she
takes little notice. Simón disappears and Laura feels the presence of other persons in the house. After a few months the desperate Laura invites a team of parapsychologists to try to unravel the mystery. Trust me, you don’t want to play with these invisible friends.
Village of the Damned
In a small English village everybody and everything falls into a deep, mysterious sleep for several hours in the middle of the day (as you do). Some months later all women capable of bearing children become pregnant. The children that are born have blonde hair, glowing eyes and are just a little bit strange. They soon take over the village with horrific consequence for anyone who challenges them, taking the term neighbourhood watch to new disturbing levels.
The Exorcist (1973) is the story of a young girl who becomes possessed and sports one of the scariest kids you will ever witness on screen.
Spinning her head, projectile vomiting and walking down the stairs on all fours are just a few of her pass-times. Cinema fans received The Exorcist apprehensively initially as some understandably found it too hard to stomach. An icon of its genre this film gave us the scary kid that all others live up to, truly disturbing.
Hide and Seek
After the suicide of his wife, David Callaway (Robert De Niro) takes his mentally disturbed 9-year-old daughter, Emily (Dakota Fanning) to a new house in upstate New York. Emily begins to withdraw further, and develops a relationship with a new imaginary friend named “Charlie.” As a series of vicious and mysterious events such writing appearing on the bathroom walls it seems that imaginary kids are often more dangerous than real ones.
Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). The urban legend surrounding this tape is that the viewer will die seven days after watching it. In a moment of stupidity Rachel ends up watching the tape with her son and in doing so encourages the wrath of a girl who will literally scare you to death! Rachel faces a race against time to save her son’s and her own life and stop this scary-ass girl before she takes anymore lives.
Stephen Taylor and his girlfriend take a weekend break to Eden Lake, a remote location in the woods. While camping at the lake, they are disturbed by a gang of young boys and by the next day the couple find themselves robbed and stranded. In an attempt to leave the pair are brutally attacked by the young gang while walking through the forest. Steve is captured but Jenny escapes, beginning a cat and mouse chase between her and the boys. This is what happens when scary kids go through puberty… Beware!
I haven’t seen the movie yet but I hear that Carrie Anne from the movie House at the End of the Street should be added to this list. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games).
Here is the fim’s synopsis;
Academy Award Nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue star in this edge-of-your-seat horror hit packed with heart-pounding thrills and gripping suspense. Newly divorced Sarah (Shue) and her teenage daughter Elissa (Lawrence) have just moved to the suburbs for a fresh start. But their hopes quickly shatter as they learn that, years earlier, a grisly murder took place next door when a deranged girl killed her parents and disappeared. The girl’s older brother Ryan (Max Thieriot) still occupies the house, and when he befriends Elissa, his secretive past could become her worst nightmare!
The movie is now out on Blu-ray today. The Unrated Cut of House at the End of the Street has a shocking added twist that wasn’t seen in theaters.
Have you seen House at the End of the Street? What do you think of the character Carrie Anne? Does she make the list as one of the top scariest kids in film?
If you pick up the Blu-ray/DVD copy of the film feel free to let me know what you think about it after you see it. I can’t wait to get my own copy.
What do you think of this list? Can you think of any more scary children that should be added? Feel free to leave a comment.
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