What is it about creepy kids and horror films, shouldn’t they be little angels instead of little demons?!
This October 21st there is another creepy kid to add to the list. Ouija: Origin of Evil is set in 1967 Los Angeles, where a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unintentionally invite an evil spirit into their home. When the youngest daughter, Doris, is taken over by a spirit, the family confront unthinkable fears to save her.
To celebrate the film’s release we’re taking a look at other creepy kids gracing out screens.
In a bid to repair their troubled marriage Kate and John Coleman decide to add to their family adopting nine year old Russian girl Esther, a sibling for their children Daniel and Max. Whilst Esther first seems like a polite well educated girl who captivates Max and charms John, Kate and Daniel are not quite easily convinced and Kate does some digging in to Esther’s past….
Spoiler alert – Esther isn’t a 9 year old child, instead she harbours a secret and dark desires which she intends to inflict on her adopted family
The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrence, an aspiring writer, gets a job as a caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Cabin fever starts to kick in and Jack’s mind turns homicidal. While he slowly gets more violent, his son, Danny, and his imaginary friend, Tony, start to see strange things powered by a strange force, ‘The Shining.’ The only thing that can save Danny and his mum is this special talent to foresee the future…
The Grady twins are perhaps the creepiest twins in cinema history, gifted with power of ‘shining’ little Danny Lloyd was the only one who could see them. The pair roamed the halls of Overlook Hotel and in one infamous scene stopped Danny on his tricycle saying “Come play with us Danny. Forever and ever and ever.”
The Omen (1976)
Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want nothing more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn (Damien) whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events – and the ominous warnings of a priest – lead him to believe that the child he took from hospital is evil incarnate.
Did you know that 4 year old Harvey Stephens (Damien) won the role during a group audition, when director Richard Donenr asked the potential little Antichrists to attack him in the way Damian would in the film. Stephens went further than the other boys, clawing Donner’s face and kicking him in the junk.
The Ring (2002)
Rachel Keller is a journalist who decides to investigate a video tape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). The urban legend about this tape: whenever the victim watches it, the phone rings, telling them they only have one week to live. After Rachel and her son watch this tape, it becomes a race against time to find out why the tape is killing everyone and how it could be stopped.
The creepy kid haunting this film is 8 year old Samara Morgan. Dressed in white with long hair covering her face, she created the video tape using images and memories she had experienced – let’s just say she didn’t have the best life, her mother attempted to murder her – she survived in a well for 7 days before dying.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a discouraged child physiologist, meets Cole Sear, a troubled young boy haunted with visions of ghosts. Malcolm is the only one that Cole is willing to open up too about the sprits still hanging onto the mortal world. As Crowe tries to uncover the truth behind Coles supernatural abilities the pair learn things that will awaken them to an unfathomable truth leading to one of the biggest and best twists in movie history.
Whilst Cole isn’t your typical creepy kid Hayley Joel Osmund’s performance is truly incredible, he was nominated for an Oscar and delivered one the most quotable horror movie lines – “I see dead people”
The Exorcist (1973)
Chris MacNeil, an actress, is visiting Washington DC when she begins to notice a change in her 12 year old girl. As the changes begin to enter the realm of the paranormal and medical help proves to be unsuccessful, a local priest believes he can save the daughter and calls upon another young priest to assist him. What follows is a battle between the priests and a demon that has possessed the young girl as they attempt to dispel the demon from her body, the exorcism changes everyone involved forever.
Regan, the young girl, is one of most iconic creepy children in film history and one of the first to gain a mainstream following, Regan’s portrayal in the Exorcists lead to a number of possession films. What made Regan’s possession so infamous was the transformation she took from sweet young girl to the facially scarred demon child.
Case 39 (2009)
Emily is an experienced social worker, who believes she has seen it all, that is until she meets Lilith. Lilith is a young girl who Emily saves from her violent parents; she takes her in when the girl asks to stay with her, Emily agrees believing she can save the girl from her demons. However, as their relationship grows, Emily finds that not everything is what it seems and as her friends start to kill themselves in gruesome ways, she believes the culprit may be closer to home.
What makes Lillth so creepy is her seeming innocence, on the outside she seems like a sweet young girl who is the victim of a terrible situation. In fact she is a demon succubus that feeds on emotions whose name is taken from a demoness from Ancient Near East mythology.
The Grudge (2004)
The child causing the creeps in The Grudge is Toshio, a young boy who was murdered after seeing terrible things. His spirit doesn’t leave his home and he taunts the new resident, Karen Davis.
Toshio’s spirit is vengeful and possesses its victims throwing them into extreme rage. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with each death the curse passes onto the next victim. Karen has to find a way to escape the curse before she becomes the next victim.
Ouija: Origin of Evil is in UK cinemas 21st October