Is it the chilling music that elicits feelings, the creatures that emerge from the dark shadows, or the blur between reality and fiction that makes a horror film frightening? Horror films, such as Orphan (2009), relied on establishing a character that, although assumed as innocent, kept a secret.
Isabelle Fuhrman played Esther, a 9-year-old orphan from the St. Marina Orphanage, although she was supposed to play a 33-year-old woman in the next Orphan: First Killfilm. This time, the film focuses on Esther's origin story, years before she was adopted.
Rhonda in 'The Bad Seed' (1956)
Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack) was the daughter of Christine (Nancy Kelly) Penmark. Rhoda was raised to follow the rules and was regarded by her mother as the "perfect child." Nevertheless, this "perfect child" was extremely greedy and selfish.
Christine became suspicious when learning that Rhoda did not appear sad when discovering that one of her classmates, Claude Daigle, had died. Moments before Claude's death, Rhoda wanted to steal his medal, but Claude refused to give it to her. The Bad Seed (1956) is available on YouTube.
'Village of the Damned' (1960): Children with Glowing Eyes
"It takes a village to raise a child," says a well-known proverb, but what about a child with telepathic abilities? In Midwich, a small town, several women wake up months later pregnant, all of whom give birth to beautiful light blonde hair and glowing eyes.
None of the children looks like their parents. All of these children are considered as exceptionally talented for their young age. They have the ability to hypnotize the adults and control their actions, such as enticing them to suicide. Village of the Damned (1960) is now available on YouTube.
Damien in 'The Omen' (1976)
In the film The Omen (1976), scary tall figures that blend in with the crowd might be the way some movies present Satan or the Devil. Harvey Stephens plays a six-year-old boy, who is later adopted by the Thorn family.
Robert (Gregory Peck) and Katherine (Lee Remick) Thorn adopted Damien, who lost his mother after he was born. The Thorns investigate what caused Damien's behavior and are informed by Father Brennan that Damien was the son of the Devil who planned to murder everybody around him. The Omen is available on HBO Max.
Henry in 'The Good Son' (1993)
Macaulay Culkin played Henry and Elijah Wood played Mark in the 1993 thriller The Good Son. Mark and Henry were cousins at the same age. After Henry's death, Mark began to notice that Henry was more interested in having fun.
One of Henry's dangerous intentions was to sling a dummy off a bridge in a car accident. He loved making dangerous situations and did not feel remorse for hurting people. Mark attempted to warn those around him about Henry's actions, but no one seemed to believe him. The Good Son is available on YouTube.
Alice in 'Wake Wood' (2009)
Patrick (Aidan Gillen) and Louise (Eva Birthistle) were reluctant to consider re-visiting their daughter if it meant seeing their daughter once more. Alice, a nine-year-old girl attacked by a German Shepherd, had a number of unexpected consequences.
Patrick and Louise moved to Wake Wood after discovering that a ritual will allow Alice to return for a few days before she has to return to her grave. This version of Alice began to murder animals around her as if it were to punish the animal who killed her. Wake Wood(2009) is available on The Roku Channel.
'Wicked Little Things' (2006): Zombie Children
Karen Tunny (Lori Heuring) and her two children, Sarah (Scout Taylor-Compton) and Emma (Chloe Grace Moretz), moved to Addytown, Pennsylvania, where their late husband lived. The mine was abandoned in the 1900s, and young children worked in the mines. An explosion forced the mine to collapse, trapping the children inside.
The majority of townpeople were aware of the mine's history and advised Karen and her family to stay late at night. The children developed into zombies and sought for vengeance. In contrast to the rest of the horror films, such as Village of the Damned or The Bad Seed, they were not related to the main characters. Wicked Little Things is now available on YouTube.
Lilith in 'Case 39' (2009)
Renee Zellweger was well-known for her role as Bridget Jones in the Bridget Jones trilogy, as well as her portrayal of Judy Garlandin Judy, a critically acclaimed actress, in the 2009 film Case 39.
Lilith's parents claimed that Lilith attempted to harm them, but Emily refused to believe them. During this time, Emily looked after Lilith until she was placed in a foster family. Prior to the murder, the child spoke to someone on the phone registered to her home.
Charlie McGee in 'Firestarter' (2022)
Ryan Kiera Armstrong plays Charlie McGee, a young girl who inherited psychic powers from her parents, Andy McGee (Zac Efron) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon), after they underwent experimental tests. She developed experience in directing, but she developed difficulty controlling her powers as she got older.
Drew Barrymore played Charlie McGee in the 1984 film Firestarter. Despite Charlie's unnatural abilities, she isn't seen as the antagonist in the 2022 film. The Roku Channel's version is also available.