Let's face it, child actors aren't exactly known for being the very best, though when they stand out, they tend to really shine, just as other actors can occasionally turn in surprisingly nuanced performances in fare made for kids. Sometimes, actors who made a name for themselves when they were younger go on to play more dramatic or even darker roles, but every now and then you'll get a movie in which a child star is asked to portray a villain, even when they're young.
Ever since The Bad Seed in 1956, we've been fascinated (and terrified) by the idea that the kids we perceive as innocent might be anything but. Sometimes, these evil tykes are just dangerous, amoral sociopaths; other times, they aren't what they seem - whether they're immortal vampires stuck in childlike bodies, or simply children playing the parts of diminutive characters who are not, necessarily, children themselves. Whatever the reason, these pint-size predators are some of the most chilling we've seen. Vote up the ones you would least like to meet on a dark playground...
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