5 Creepy Children in Movies…

Horror movie directors were sometimes good (and often bad) at creating reasonably scary children in horror movies. And the trick, if it was done well, could result in a very creepy scene indeed…

1: The kids in The White Ribbon (2009)

Were they the victims of the strange crimes that occured in this Haneke masterpiece? Or the perpetrators? Who knows, but they certainly have a creepy aura…

Creepy Kid Scale:

2/5

2: Sick Boy’s Dead Child, Trainspotting (1996)

In one of the most haunting, darker scenes in Danny Boyle’s breakthrough cult classic, protagonist Renton (Ewen McGregor) is haunted by the image of his friend Sick Boy’s infant, who died of neglect while he and his friends were partying on hard drugs. The image is twisted, and percepted as some sort of disgusting monster, during Renton’s horrific detox session.

Creepy Kid Scale:

4.5/5

3: Rosemary’s Baby, Rosemary’s Baby

Creepy Roman Polanski thrills in the late 60s with this decent horror movie (though I’m not a huge fan of the horror genre in general). Spawn of Satan, this baby’s gonna grow up to break some hearts… and bag some souls!

Creepy Kid Scale:

 2.5/5

4: Zombie Kid, Pet Sematary

Based on the excellent book by Stephen King, the story of a man who resurrects his dead son in a special cemetary (or ‘sematary’ as it is called) is quite chilling, but not scary. Still, you wouldn’t want this to be your son…

Creepy Kid Scale:

3.5/5

5: Alien Baby, Eraserhead

Timid, quirky Henry is shocked to discover he is a father… but his child is not human. Lynch’s first film is as enigmatic and enchanting is it was the first time, and the ugly, oozing alien baby is one of many reasons. Congratulations, you’re adopted.

Creepy Kid Scale:

 5/5

Any more you can think of? What do you think of the above choices? Leave a comment below. Thanks.

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About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on July 2, 2011, in Humor, Lists, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Haha, love the creepy kid scale! I don’t really watch that many movies with creepy kids, but the girl in Orphan really creeped me out!

  2. Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed, Chris & Martin Udvarnoky in The Others, Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, Lisa & Louise Burns in the Shining and Drew Barrymore in Firestarter

    • Yep, that’ll do em. Great choices, Mitch. I can’t believe I forgot about The Shining twins! Curse my infernal mind! Osment was creepy but not in an antagonistic way; Barrymore was creepy too, but not my kind of creepy; have not seen The Bad Seed or The Others.

  3. Shirley Temple in Heidi. Blood-curdling.

  4. Clearly The Shining twins & The Exorcist girl should have been on this list.

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