If you haven’t noticed child actors make perfect villains. There is just something brilliant about their on-screen performances that make you think, can a child really be capable of murder or become a murderous sociopath? I’m here to discuss some memorable movies featuring killer children.
The Children of the Corn films are well known to display an array of creepy and murderous children. The leader of the cult of killer kids in the 1984 original film was the scariest. His name was Isaac and he was played by 25-year-old John Franklin. It’s a funny thing that he appeared to be a kid in the film.
Next, we will move onto the 1989 film Pet Sematary and its 2019 remake. In Pet Sematary, little Gage Creed played by Miko Hughes was the cutest little toddler ever, until he died and became a spooky and undead kid from hell. Definitely one of the more creepy kids I’ve seen. In the 2019 Pet Sematary, Ellie Creed was played by Jete Laurence and she was extremely menacing after she returned from the dead.
Then we have Rhoda Penmark from the 1956 thriller The Bad Seed, now this young girl was cunning and heartless and proved to be a very effective killer.
If anyone has seen the 2009 horror thriller Orphan, then we can safely agree that this killer girl named Esther was one of the most twisted killer kids we’ve been introduced to. Cleverly played by Isabelle Furhman, this psychotic kid harbors a deadly secret and will not hesitate to murder anyone who gets in her way, even her new family.
In the Exorcist, Linda Blair was only 14 years old and created the most memorable possessed kid out there.
The last one to mention is the 1993 suspense thriller The Good Son starring Macaulay Culkin who plays a completely twisted and evil child. He appears sweet and innocent on the outside but his cousin played by Elijah Wood discovers that he harbors a deadly rage inside of him. Very strong and eerie performance from a young Macaulay Culkin.
Some other creepy children out there were the kids in the Sinister films, both Village of the Damned movies, and The Omen films. The little girl from The Ring was exceptionally creepy and menacing. The holiday slasher film called The Children shows how a group of kids become violent and murderous after catching a mysterious sickness and turn on their families.
There have been a few television films featuring creepy and crazed kids such as the 80s horror-thriller Don’t Go To Sleep and Bloody Birthday. Another one with a killer red-haired young girl was called Daddy’s Girl and the Mel Harris film called Child of Rage was an excellent one.
More recently they have had the 2019 film The Prodigy come out and 2020s The Turning, both featured excellent performances by three child actors.
I think next we get to see a young kid go crazy in Brahms: The Boy 2 that opens this weekend. It has been described that a young kid becomes increasingly violent after he comes in contact with a strange doll.
I’ve always thought that kids make excellent villains, there is just something brilliant to see how they can bring a twisted and manipulative character to life at a young age.
Who is your favorite child killer??
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