To what extent are child actors in horror movies exposed to the macabre material they're working with? As it turns out, they're often (and surprisingly) barely exposed to anything bloodcurdling at all. Film editing is a remarkable art that, when done right, can make an IRL walk in the park look like a cinematic walk through a human slaughterhouse. As you'll learn from this list, many quintessentially creepy horror movie kids had no idea they were even being ominous.
Encountering horror movie children who didn't realize they were in horror movies isn't unusual; Danny Lloyd in The Shining famously had no clue he was starring in one of the scariest films of all time, and Linda Blair mostly had a lot of fun playing the fearsomely possessed Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist. If you've ever wondered how kids in inappropriately adult films were sheltered from the proverbial storm filming around them, read on: the Freddy Kruegers and murderous dolls that have always scared you may be cuddlier than you think.
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Dylan (Miko Hughes) in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare"Photo: New Line Cinema
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The Grady Twins (Lisa And Louise Burns) In "The Shining"