Children can be gifts from heaven, but these ten killer kids from iconic horror movies prove they can also be hell on Earth.
Hello everyone, and welcome back to Morbidly Beautiful. Ghoulies and Goblins, have you ever watched a horror movie and thought, “I am never having kids!” Well these top ten movies will definitely have you questioning if your child is the spawn of Satan or possibly planning to murder you.
10. Jumby — The Unborn (2009)
Could you imagine what it would like to be a twin? How about having a twin that died in the womb and is trying to take over your body to be born? Doesn’t sound like a fun time to me. Well, that’s what Casey has to deal with in this 2009 remake. The casting is quite impressive with actors such as Gary Oldman, Idris Elba, and Meagan Goode. It wasn’t received too well from critics, despite its flawless casting. Jumby still deserves a place on this for being a super creeper of a brother.
9. The Grady Twins — The Shining (1980)
I’m starting to see a pattern here…twins are evil. At least the ones on this list are, and the Grady sisters are the OG of creepy twins. Stephen King is to thank for this horrifying story and for the Overlook hotel that is haunted by many evil spirits, including the siblings that were murdered by their own father, the previous caretaker of the hotel. None of us will ever forget that iconic scene with Danny riding his tricycle and turning the corner, only to come face to face with the creepy twins at the end of the hall, begging him to come play with them…forever. Stephen was famously not a big fan of the film adaptation, but I could watch Jack Nicholson act crazy all day long.
8. Esther — Orphan (20o9)
Esther is the definition of a creepy kid, with her old-fashioned dress and ribbons (which actress Isabelle Fuhrman showed up to her audition wearing). The young actress took her role very seriously, watching movies like Dangerous Liaisons and Silence of the Lambs to study her psychopath predecessors. She applies that research perfectly to her character Esther, who is adopted by a lovely family after the tragic loss of their child. Esther shows us that even a good deed doesn’t go unpunished, and little girls are often much more than they seem.
7. Henry — The Good Son (1993)
We can all relate to the character Mark in this movie, because we’ve all had that one creepy cousin. Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin star together in the thriller, The Good Son. Macaulay gives a sinister performance for the first time in his young career and shows he’s more than just a sweet boy who keeps losing his parents. The scene where Macaulay throws a mannequin over the bridge was unfortunately repeated in Detroit, and the car below was being driven by a pregnant woman who sadly passed in the crash. This movie shows that sometimes the real monsters can be as close as blood.
6. Gage — Pet Sematary (1989)
This is the second child to come from the twisted mind of Stephen King. He is the youngest child on our list, only being 33 months old at the time. He looks so innocent with his blonde hair and blue eyes. But when he is suddenly killed by a transport and buried in the Pet Sematary, little Gage comes back as something far more sinister. People have worried about poor young actor Miko Hughes and what filming such scenes must have done to his young mind. But for the more intense scenes, the director brought in a dummy. So the young boy was never aware of the evil that his character committed.
5. Samara — The Ring (2002)
This American remake of the Japanese movie left everyone in fear of their phone ringing at the end of the movie. This film also happened to be the highest grossing remake until Stephen King’s It 2017 came out. The gloomy Seattle atmosphere really adds to the story about Samara, a little girl who is determined to kill people in the most unique way. After you watch the tape, you have seven days to live. Then she comes for you. Making everyone scared of little girls with long hair, Daveigh Chase went on to win the “Best Villain” award at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards.
4. Michael Myers — Halloween (2007)
I’ve decided to go with the remake directed by Rob Zombie instead of the original John Carpenter classic, simply because Daeg Faerch’s performance is breathtakingly frightening. You get to see the how the monster comes to be. Michael starts off as a young boy, trying to be normal. But one Halloween, he snaps. Getting way more kills on screen and showing us the mind of a child killer, Zombie does some of his best work. You can’t help but sympathize with a young, bullied Michael Myers and cheer him on as he takes down those that hurt him.
3. Isaac — The Children of the Corn (1984)
This is the third movie to be written by Stephen King on this list; I’m starting to think he has a fear of children. “Night Shift” is the book that the story for The Children of the Corn originally appeared in, and it can be seen on the dashboard of the car that belongs to our poor victims. Every child in this movie is a killer and part of a cult that believes everyone 18 years and older should die. It’s very unlikely that the couple would end up here and find out for themselves what children without parents are really like.
2. Damien — The Omen (1976)
This child is literally the Antichrist and made every mother look at the back of their sons’ heads for the mark of the beast. After learning of the death of his new born child, Robert Thorn makes a decision to raise an orphan as his son and not tell his wife. As the child grows, unexplained and haunting occurrences happen around him. Harvey Stephens was ordered to attack the Director during his auditions, and he was the first child to scream and claw at him — even going as far as to kick him the groin. He was hired on the spot and would be the child to give Damien Thorn a face. Richard Donner would provoke Harvey behind the camera and get genuine reactions from him. Apparently, he was a little devil off screen and always misbehaving on set.
Before we get to our number one film on the list, let’s take a look at some important Honorable Mentions: Dennis (Cabin Fever, 2002), Abby (Let Me In, 2010), Youth Gang (Eden Lake, 2008), Kevin (We Need to Talk About Kevin, 2011).
1. Regan — The Exorcist (1973)
The idea of having a teenage daughter is scary enough, but having one that is possessed? Well, aren’t we all at that age? Linda Blair gave the performance of a lifetime as Regan, and til this day has a hard time being cold after her bedroom on set was turned into a refrigerator for that iconic exorcism scene. Regan made us fearful of Ouija boards, staircases, and pea soup. She was one of the first depictions of evil children in horror movies and deserves to be crowned number one.