Suffer the little children
Children are terrifying things at the best of times. They eat things theyre not supposed to, they scream for no apparent reason, and they cant be reasoned with. So they make perfect horror movie villains
Youd think itd be easier to escape a creepy child than a full-grown serial killer, but thats how they fool you. The children on this list would jump at any chance to shuffle you off this mortal coil, and theyd smile while they did it. Here come 20 reasons to reconsider ever having kids
The film: Satans Little Helper (2004).
The child: Dougie Whooly (Alexander Brickel) is a keen gamer who takes his passion for playing Satans little helper too far when a serial killer dressed as, well, Satan, shows up at Halloween. Overly helpful Dougie even brings Satan home to meet his family
Blame the parents? Possibly limiting Dougies access to age-inappropriate games mightve prevented all this from happening?
The film: Salems Lot (1979).
The child: Poor Ralphie (Ronnie Schribner) falls victim to a vampire attack and returns as one of the living dead, determined to bring his brother over to the dark side with him. There are tons of creepy kids in Stephen King adaptations, but the sight of Ralphies vampiric face at the window is blood-chilling.
Blame the parents? Nope. Blame the vampires.
The film: Night Of The Living Dead (1968).
The child: When the dead rise, Karen (Kyra Schon) and her parents were in their car and when the zombies attacked, they sought refuge in the cellar of a nearby farmhouse. Unfortunately, Karen got bitten in the attack, which means her parents safe haven turns out not to be as safe as they thought.
Blame the parents? Well, if her parents had listened to reason, they wouldnt have ended up trapped in a basement with a zombified child, but really once she was bitten, it was game over.
The film: Grace (2009).
The child: A car crash killed her father and nearly took her mother, too, but somehow Grace survived Or did she? A blood-sucking baby that awakens a strong maternal instinct in everyone around her, Grace is a seriously unsettling child.
Blame the parents? Blame seems a bit harsh, all things considered.
The Grady girls
The film: The Shining (1980).
The children: The daughters of a previous caretaker of the Overlook hotel, the Grady girls (Lisa and Louise Burns) arent exactly evil. Theyre just lonely, and in search of a new playmate. One they can play with forever and ever and ever
Blame the parents? Yup, if their father (Philip Stone) hadnt murdered them with an axe, thered be no problem.
The film: The Cursed Medallion (1975).
The child: Emily (Nicoletta Elmi) is the daughter of a documentary maker whos working on a new project about depictions of devils in art. When he takes her along on a recce to an abandoned Italian church, she puts on a necklace that belonged to a murderer, and, well, you can probably guess that it doesnt have a happy ending.
Blame the parents? Absolutely. Giving your daughter cursed jewellery is never a good plan.
David Zellaby and the other Midwich cuckoos
The film: Village Of The Damned (1960).
The children: A generation of terrifying children who were all conceived under mysterious circumstances, David (Martin Stephens) and his fellow glowing-eyed creeps have psychic powers and wont be told what to do by any adults. Even if they are technically only three-year-olds.
Blame the parents? Nope. Something weird happened to the village of Midwich, and its impossible to know whos really to blame.
The film: Children Of The Corn (1984).
The child: Another creepy kid plucked from Stephen Kings oeuvre, Isaac (John Franklin) is a creepily precocious child preacher whos taken it upon himself to spread the gospel of He Who Walks Behind The Rows. First order of business? Kill all the adults in town, and slaughter any outsiders who stumble across their cult.
Blame the parents? Well, theyre all dead now anyway.
The entire child population of Almanzora
The film: Who Can Kill A Child? (1976).
The children: In response to the various atrocities children have suffered at the hands of adults around the world, the kids on one Spanish island decide to get revenge by killing adults and eventually plan to recruit all the children in the world to their cause. Hard to pick out a particularly creepy one, then theyre all terrifying if youre over 18.
Blame the parents? Nope, this time its adults as a whole who get to take the blame for these kiddies violent tendencies.
The film: Babysitter Wanted (2008).
The child: Sam (Kai Caster) is a kid with some very specific requirements: he eats a specially prepared diet, and he wears a hat. At all times. Not that weird, right? Except hes the son of the devil and eats young girls. Eek.
Blame the parents? Nah, theyre doing the best they can in a difficult situation.
The film: Battle Royale (2000).
The child: Most kids, finding themselves in the terrifying Battle Royale programme, at least try to run or form alliances or otherwise resist killing their classmates. Not Mitsuko (Kou Shibasaki). Shes one of the games scariest players, only forming temporary alliances with kids whove got weapons she wants to steal.
Blame the parents? Yup. Mitsukos backstory makes it pretty clear where her ruthless streak came from.
Miles and Flora
The film: The Innocents (1961).
The children: Orphans sent to live with an uncle who cant really be bothered, Miles (Martin Stephens, again) and Flora (Pamela Franklin) scare the hell out of their new governess (Deborah Kerr) by wandering off, using inappropriate language, and claiming to see ghosts. Are they possessed? Is she? Who knows.
Blame the parents? Not the parents, but we can pretty safely blame the kids guardians for their weirdness.
The film: Halloween (1978).
The child: Better known for his adult exploits, Michael Myers (Will Sandin) was a terror as a child, too; at the age of six, he murdered his sister with a kitchen knife while wearing a clown costume. Theres precocious for you.
Blame the parents? In the absence of any other obvious people to blame, yup. Normal six-year-olds just dont go on killing sprees.
The film: The Bad Seed (1956).
The child: Prim little Rhoda (Patty McCormack) doesnt like being denied anything and will kill to get what she wants. Her murder weapons are brilliantly unconventional, though the source of Rhodas evil isnt: turns out shes the daughter of a convicted serial killer.
Blame the parents? Absolutely.
The film: Let The Right One In (2008).
The child: Despite her meek appearance, Eli (Lina Leandersson) is a force to be reckoned with a centuries old vampire capable not only of murdering adults but of bending them to her will. But maybe shes not all bad. Maybe she just needs a friend?
Blame the parents? Eli hasnt seen her parents for a very, very long time.
The film: Interview With The Vampire (1994).
The child: Another child vampire, Claudia (Kirsten Dunst) is as tragic as she is deadly and shes pretty deadly. Saved from a plague house by her bloodsucking parent stand-ins Louis (Brad Pitt) and Lestat (Tom Cruise), she eventually becomes frustrated by the limits of her childish form, which is strong enough to kill but not to grant another person eternal life. And with the mind of a centuries-old killer, the ringlets and pretty dresses must get annoying, too.
Blame the parents? Claudias real mother died, but her adoptive dads should definitely be blamed for her eventual fate.
The film: Ju-on: The Grudge (2002).
The child: Pale and wide-eyed, Toshio (Yuya Ozeki) could almost be cute, were it not for the fact that he keeps appearing in bizarre places and making freakish meowing noises. Part of a two-ghost team with his ghoulish mum (Takako Fuji), hes really not keen on trespassers, and will haunt anyone who sets foot in his home to death.
Blame the parents? Definitely blame his father (Takashi Matsuyama) for murdering him, and his mother for teaching him how to play hide-and-seek with victims.
The film: The Exorcist (1973).
The child: Like many pre-teens, Regan (Linda Blair) is curious about the supernatural. But an ill-advised experiment with an Ouija board invites a demonic presence into her body, and from there on out its all pea-soup spitting and exhibitionism.
Blame the parents? Nah. Regans poor mother (Ellen Burstyn) does her best to figure out whats wrong with her suddenly horrifying daughter.
The film: The Ring (2002).
The child: In the original Japanese version of the story, VHS lover Sadako (Rie In) was a college student, but the remake casts her equivalent, Samara (Daveigh Chase) as a ghostly eight-year-old, which qualifies her for this list. Samaras evil MO is to scare people to death by clambering out of their TVs exactly a week after they watch her cursed video.
Blame the parents? Yup. Her birth mother tried to drown her while her adoptive parents locked her in a barn before shoving her down a well, which is enough to drive anyone to supernatural revenge.
The film: The Omen (1976).
The child: Another innocent-looking moppet whose guileless face hides evil, Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) is literally the antichrist, the unnatural son of a jackal who gets adopted by a diplomat and sets his sights on world domination. After a bit of good old-fashioned nanny-murdering, natch.
Blame the parents? Nope. Well, unless you count Satan as his father, in which case, yes, absolutely.