It’s Halloween tomorrow, and since I have suggested spooky movies for kids before (click here for our top Halloween treats for kids of all ages), this year I decided it was time to freak out the grown-ups instead.
So check out the Movies4Kids list of the scariest kids in the movies, and remember – this list is for ADULTS ONLY! Most of these movies are 18 certificates, and none of them are suitable for children!!
Read on if you dare…
Damien – The Omen; Damien: The Omen II
Gregory Peck is the dad who realises his son may just be the spawn of the devil in 1976’s The Omen, especially after his nanny hangs herself and Patrick Troughton’s Catholic priest gets gruesomely impaled by a post. In the 1978 sequel, little Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor) is now a 12-year-old with a sinister glare who has the mark of the devil (666) hidden under his bowl haircut and a string of dead bodies in his wake. Creepy doesn’t cover it.
Regan – The Exorcist
This classic horror was made back in 1973, and, of course, tells the story of the demonic possession of 12-year-old Regan (Linda Blair). Once watched, you’ll never forget the infamous vomit/head-spinning scene as priests Max von Sydow and Jason Miller try and exorcise the demon. The scariest bit, though, is actually a deleted scene you can watch on Special Edition versions that has Regan crawling down the stairs like a spider. Watch it if you dare…
David and his spooky pals – Village Of The Damned
Based on the John Wyndham book The Midwich Cuckoos, this 1960 British sci-fi movie is the one about the village full of blonde, creepy children. After the inhabitants of Midwich village all fall unconscious, it turns out all the women are pregnant and give birth on the same day to blond, staring babies. Uh-oh. These spooky tots grow up to be cold-hearted, callous kids who can communicate telepathically and don’t seem to be too worried when the adults of Midwich meet unfortunate ends…
Henry – The Good Son
To be honest, we thought Macaulay Culkin was creepy enough in Home Alone (just kidding), but the former cutie is truly psychopathic here as young Henry, who threatens his cousin Mark (Elijah Wood) and may just possibly have been responsible for the death of his own brother. It’s all a bit daft, but Culkin is truly sinister as the murdering teen.
Isaac and Malachi – Children Of The Corn
Horrormeister Stephen King has created some creepy kids in his time and none more so than Isaac and Malachi, two of the unusual children living in the town of Gatlin. The movie based on his short story isn’t a classic by any means, but there are some twistedly fun moments as the kids – who sacrifice any grown-ups who stray near their town – pursue clueless passers-by Burt and Vicky (Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton).
Sadako/Samara – Ring/The Ring
Hideo Nakata’s 1998 Japanese horror and Gore Verkbinski’s 2002 US remake both contain a fair number of moments to make you jump as a cursed video tape ends up with the viewer meeting a nasty end. But the bits that will freak you out the most involve the girl with long hair (in both versions of the story), crawling towards the camera. She’s coming to get you!
Kyra – The Sixth Sense
M Night Shyamalan’s superb chiller about the boy (Haley Joel Osment) who thinks he can see dead people and the psychologist (Bruce Willis) who tries to help him has one moment that makes even the bravest viewer jump. At the funeral of little Kyra (Mischa Barton), young Cole goes to her bedroom and … well, we won’t spoil it.
Rhoda – The Bad Seed
Little Rhoda (Patty McCormack) may look cute with her blond pigtails, but beware – she kills a little kid with her tap shoes (yes, really), and murders an old lady who didn’t give her some trifle. A big hit when the movie was released in 1956, this has a different ending to the novel and play it is based on – in fact three different endings were filmed so it could be kept secret.
Danny – Salem’s Lot
Another Stephen King adaptation, this story of vampires in a small American town was turned into a TV mini series by Tobe Hooper that was later edited into a movie. David Soul is the man who travels back to his home town of Salem’s Lot and discovers a mysterious man has bough the Marsten house, a grand old house on a hilltop that’s just perfect for a vampire and his lackey. Surprisingly spooky when you consider it was made for TV back in 1979 (decades before we had more graphic shows like The Walking Dead), the moment that makes everyone jump is when Danny, a kid who has been turned into a vampire, hovers outside the window of his schoolfriend Mark. “Open the window, Mark. Open the window…”
The Grady daughters – The Shining
While it is stunning to look at, Stanley Kubrick’s movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining isn’t quite as stomach-twistingly scary as the book, partly because Jack Nicholson overplays the madness of his character Jack, from the moment he takes up the job as caretaker of the remote Overlook Hotel (in the book, it’s the hotel that sends Jack over the edge, whereas on screen he’s pretty bonkers before he gets there). However, it’s still a terrific piece of cinema as Jack’s wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) realises she and her son Danny (Danny Lloyd) may be in danger, not just from her husband but from the spooky hotel itself. You’ll jump when you see the old, rotting lady in room 237, but the creepiest ghosts of all haunting this isolated inn are the daughters of former caretaker Grady, as played by twins Louise and Lisa Burns, who try to get Danny to play (“Come and play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever….”)