Don't even THINK of sending these little beasts to their rooms. A time out will not help the situation.
THE OMEN (1976)
Damien Thorn (Harvey Stephens) is a little devil. No, seriously,
this kid is the Antichrist. But with his cherub face and raven colored
mop-top it's hard to get mad at the little guy. However, It is very easy
to get creeped out by him. Damien's dad (played to perfection by
Gregory Peck) tries to deny what he knows to be true about junior but
it's hard to overlook a few things. A nanny hanging herself at the kid's
birthday bash, Damien taking a header into mom, leading to her untimely
death, and those pesky trio of 6's on his head. The movie ends with a
showdown for the ages with Peck's character in the unenviable position
of having to kill his own child in order to save the world.
THE BROOD (1979)
You think your health care plan is bad? At least your HMO doesn't
employ the crazy Dr. Hal Raglan (Oliver Reed). Nola (Samantha Eggar)
works out her pain and rage with an unconventional therapy developed by
Dr. Raglan and before you know it her anger comes out in the form of
violent and evil little people. We are treated to a nasty little scene
in a kindergarten class that had ME watching in between my fingers and I
have seen everything.
We are also treated to the beauty of childbirth. Ah, watching
Nola rip into the baby sac with her teeth and lick the afterbirth off
her devil spawn is heartwarming stuff folks! Soon, we find out that the
only way to save the day is to kill Nola so her anger won't cause THE
BROOD is kill anymore people.
Sorry, but nothing, not even a trip to Chuck E. Cheese will turn these pint-sized mutants around.
THE EXORCIST (1973)
I actually saw this when I was 8 years old (Thanks mom and dad!)
and it freaked me out so badly that I think my mind blocked out how much
it had disturbed me. When I saw it again later in my teens my mind
flicked the switch and it all came back. I wasn't the only one, my aunt
told me that when she had seen it in the theater a woman got so upset
that she rose from her seat in an attempt to leave but ended up fainting
and falling in the aisle of the theater.
Well, that wasn't my reaction BUT I understand it. There really
is no character, let alone child character, in a film more horrifying to
watch than Regan MacNeil.
There is nothing that will chill your blood faster than hearing
the words "Do you know what she did, your cunting daughter?" coming out
of the mouth of a demon-possessed child. Don't even get me started on
the crucifix scene.
THE BAD SEED (1956)
Kids in movies turn to the dark side for a number of reasons but
some are just born that way. This classic is not technically a horror
film by today's standards but it is chilling. Monsters are supposed to
be big, scary and crush tall buildings. They aren't supposed to be
pigtail-wearing first graders.
The character of Rhoda Penmark (Played brilliantly by Patty
McCormack) is a contradiction, she likes to play dolls, have tea parties
and have stories read to her but she can turn on a dime and make anyone
who crosses her end up meeting with a tragic "accident".
This movie was long on mood and short on actually seeing her do
anything but that is what makes it effective. You could show her
drowning a child or you can leave the viewer with the IDEA of it. What
the viewer will conjure up in their mind is ten times more chilling than
anything that could have been made visible.
The movie ends with a bizarre curtain call of sorts, maybe a way
to take the edge off of the ending, with the actors coming out and
taking bows. One weird moment is when the actress who plays the mother
playfully takes Patty McCormack across her knee and starts spanking her!
This comes off even more disturbing then the ending.
VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1995)
The rural community of Midwich is visited by some alien life form
that moves across the sky and leaves the women there knocked up. No, it
isn't Bobby Brown.
It is made known to the women that the government will basically
pay the women to carry their unexplained, freakish pregnancies to term.
Hello there, welcome to red flags theme park!
The creepy kids (Headed by the dynamite Lindsey Haun) arrive, all
at the same time and gradually the parents learn their white-haired
little wonders have the ability to control people and read minds. The
original VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED came out in 1960 but I have to say John
Carpenter's remake is leaps and bounds better than the original, in my
opinion anyway. I mean it has Luke Skywalker playing a reverend so how
bad can it be, right?
CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1984)
If Kids killing adults and cults are right up your alley, then I
have a movie for you. Two lovers run across a town that for the past few
years has been adult free. Didn't any of these kids have any out of
town relatives? No one came to check on them? If I miss a second phone
call from my mother she files a missing persons report and I'm staring
at myself on the back of a milk carton. These kids live 3 years without
interruption. OK, I'll go with it.
THE creepy character in this movie is Isaac Chroner, played by
John Franklin, who was actually in his teens when this movie was made
but looked much younger. I am always creeped out by his performance, the
way he looks, his voice, everything. The hairstyle leaves a lot to be
desired (They couldn't have kept one adult around who could style hair?)
but what can you do?
Some people go apeshit for this movie, in fact it is being
remade, no doubt with the cast from GOSSIP GIRL, but I have always
thought this movie was a bit overrated. In 1992 CHILDREN OF THE CORN 2:
THE FINAL SACRIFICE came out but the title should have been CHILDREN OF
THE CORN 2: WE'RE ONLY JUST BEGINNING OUR PLAN TO TAKE MONEY FROM YOU
because there were 6 more sequels to follow.
PET SEMATARY (1989)
I made the mistake of seeing this with my highly emotional
mother. There's nothing quite like sitting in a theater and having your
movie companion cry out, "OH NO! I bet they go bury him in the Pet
Sematary!". "Him" of course being little Gage Creed (Miko Hughes) who
bites it on a country road after an overly tired trucker runs him over.
You KNOW his heartbroken parents are going to bury him in an effort to
bring him back but you also know it isn't going to go well.
Whenever I see little Gage slice Herman Munster's hamstrings I
want to leap out of my seat to walk it off and feel around to make sure
MY hamstrings weren't just sliced. The rest of the movie is spent with
my feet curled up under me, of course. I think all of this is enhanced
by the fact that Hughes was just a really creepy looking kid anyway.
Kind of like an adult in a child's bodysuit. Years later I happened to
catch him in a FULL HOUSE rerun, he looked like he was going to kill
people in THAT.
Sometimes dead is better. True dat!
Next time your little monster begs for that extra scoop of ice
cream or throws a tantrum over that new video game don't get annoyed,
thank your lucky stars they aren't as evil as the little rugrats listed
above. Well, I don't THINK they are anyway. Maybe check the backs of
their heads just to be sure, huh?