Despite its obscurity, the “creepy kid” genre has left a lasting impression on horror fans, with films like Children of the Corn and Village of the Damned.
The “creepy kid” or “evil child” has played an important role in the horror genre. Children, who are supposed to represent innocence and purity, are viewed with suspicion by society as a whole because of this fear. Orphan, a horror film about the Coleman family’s ordeal after adopting a Russian girl named Esther, is one of these tales.
When the family finds out Esther isn’t who she claims to be, they’re all shocked. Numerous horror filmmakers/creatives have reimagined social issues and child safety concerns over the years, adding their own unique spins.
1. The Omen (1976)
When it comes to the “creepy kid” trope, only the Anti-Christ is more terrifying.
Immediately following the death of their biological son at birth, Robert and Katherine Thorn adopt a young boy named Damien.
As the Thorns continue to suffer strange misfortunes, it becomes clear that Damien is not your typical kid. The movie went on to win an Oscar, a Saturn Award, and a British Film Critics’ Choice Award.
2. The Bad Seed
As the title suggests, this late 1950s horror film follows Rhoda Penmark, the eighth child of Kenneth and Christine Penmark. When Rhoda is accused of the murder of a classmate, their world is turned upside down.
As a result of this shocking discovery by Rhoda’s mom, Christine, she fears that her daughter may have inherited her birth mother’s depraved tendencies. The play’s ending upset viewers so much that the film’s ending had to be changed in order to obtain distribution rights.
3. The Good Son
Mark Evans is sent to visit his aunts, uncles, and cousins after his mother recently passed away. Henry, on the other hand, starts behaving in a psychopathic and disturbing manner. He must then defend his family from Henry, whose desire to kill them grows.
As the antithesis of the adorable, comedic characters he is known for, Macaulay Culkin (Henry) gives viewers a chance to see his range on display.
The story of Angela, a young girl struggling to deal with her dysfunctional family, is told in this 1995 film. Their daughter has untreated mental illness and her parents are both disillusioned ex-actors. Angela begins to seek solace in fantasy and religion as a result of the disarray in her home. Angela’s religious mania worsens as her mother’s mental health deteriorates.
In Angela, there isn’t a bad kid who’s been possessed by demons or is just plain evil. A young girl is corrupted by her environment, and the film tracks her desperate attempts to maintain some semblance of normalcy.
5. Children Of The Corn
Basedon Following the children of Gatlin, Nebraska as they form a religious cult that worships “He Who Walks Behind The Rows,” Stephen King’s short story based on the same name. The town’s adults are being ritualistically slaughtered under the direction of Isaac Chroner in order to ensure a good harvest.
As soon as newlyweds Vicky and Burt arrive in town, they must flee the cult’s clutches to avoid being sacrificed.
There were nine sequels to this film and a prequel.
6. Village Of The Damned (1995)
There are ten pregnant women in Midwich, California, in this sci-fi horror film set after the entire town has been rendered unconscious for a time. On the same day, they all have pale skin and mysterious supernatural powers.
Children form their own colony after earning a bad reputation in town, and adults decide what to do with them. Christopher Reeves, who played Superman in the original series, directs and stars in this classic horror film from John Carpenter.
The “creepy kid” plot device is reinvented in this 2007 horror film. When two ex-convicts are desperate for a new start after their release, they kidnap a young boy named David and hold him for ransom in exchange for the money.
As the film progresses, David is revealed to be less—or perhaps more—than human as he begins to incite conflict among various characters. The House On Sorority Row was remade in 2009 by Stewart Hendler, the director of the original 1983 film.
8. Pet Sematary (1989)
A disturbing premise and an endearing evil child serve as strong supporting points in Pet Sematary. Louis Creed, a doctor, learns about a sinister pet cemetery when he and his family move to Ludlow, Maine. At the time of tragedy, Louis does the unthinkable and his family pays a high price for this decision.
By killing off daughter Ellie instead of son Gage, the 2019 remake deviates significantly from the original. According to Stephen King, the change was “O.K.” because “both versions […]result in the same chain of events.”
9. The Exorcist
An influential and well-known horror film, The Exorcist was also led by a notorious “creepy kid.” Regan MacNeil, the actress Chris MacNeil’s daughter, is the focus of the film. Regan’s behavior changes after she uses a Ouija board. It’s obvious she’s been taken over by demons pretty quickly.
It’s based on William Blatty’s novel, which is also the screenwriter for the film, about an exorcism of a young boy named “Roland Doe,” which took place in 1949.
10. Better Watch Out
The #MeToo movement is interwoven with elements of horror in this film. Ashley, a babysitter, watches over Luke Lerner, a twelve-year-old boy. An intruder enters the house, and her ordeal begins. The real horror begins when it’s revealed that Luke and a friend staged the intrusion to seduce her.
Critics generally liked it; one even called it “a charmingly unholy” holiday horror flick. A Saturn Award for “Best Horror Film” was given to the film in 2018.