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Who are the best child horror characters in film history?
Well, the obvious one to go for is Regan MacNeil – the demon-possessed child in The Exorcist (1973), so I’m purposely not choosing her, although she gets honourable mention. Special mention should also go to Rosemary’s Baby (1968) who is the child of the Devil!
So, who to choose? Well, how about an entire village filled with some of the most chilling children ever committed to paper or screen? John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos has been adapted for the big screen twice as Village of the Damned – in 1960 and 1995. As the later version starred the likes of Mark Hamill, Christopher Reeve, Rebecca De Mornay and Kirsty Allie, I’ll leave you with that trailer, but I recommend checking out both versions and definitely get hold of the book if you haven’t already!
And how about a pint-sized bloodsucker? Well, if glamourous vampires are your thing, then Interview With the Vampire (1994) is the film for you. Starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, and with Cristian Slater in a cameo role that was originally meant for River Phoenix (before his untimely demise), it was the petite “daughter” in the vampire family, Claudia, played by Kirsten Dunst, who sparkled with a maturity of performance far beyond her young years.
Finally, I’ll leave you with the creepy twins from The Shining (1980). These ghostly girls aren’t particularly scary to look at, but the haunting voices begging Danny to “Come play with us…” are more than a little freakish. However, instead of leaving you with the trailer, I will leave you with the brilliant 30-Second Bunny Theatre version…