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The 17 Creepiest Kids In Supernatural Horror Films 

Jacob Shelton
Updated October 10, 2019 15.4k votes 2.1k voters 39.8k views 17 items

List Rules Vote up the most unsettling children depicted in horror movies.

Horror fans have grown accustomed to particular tropes over the years, but they continue to jump at one: the creepy kid. Like any good monster, though, scary movies need more than just the idea of a potentially evil child for the character to freak out audiences - they also need a talented young actor who can bring the unsettling figure to life. Although some horror movie kids don't always scare viewers, when a great child actor is paired with a fantastic role, they make you think twice before turning out the lights at night. 

The creepiest kids from horror films have little in common beyond being children in scary movies. Some of them are possessed, others are the Devil incarnate, and occasionally, they're just spooky on their own, with little to no involvement from a supernatural entity. 

Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 17 Creepiest Kids In Supernatural Horror Films
Photo: The Exorcist/Warner Bros.

William Friedkin's 1973 horror classic The Exorcist centers on Regan MacNeil, a young girl possessed by the demon Pazuzu. Linda Blair's performance was so effective that just the sight of Regan's face - removed of all context - is enough to freak out people. 

Watching Regan's body be taken over by a demon is unsettling, and hearing her tell Father Karras that his mother is servicing the members of the underworld certainly doesn't ease the discomfort. 

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Samara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 17 Creepiest Kids In Supernatural Horror Films
Photo: The Ring/Paramount Pictures

Daveigh Chase as Samara in 2002's adaptation of The Ring is one of the highlights of creepy kid cinema. The audience sees just enough of this VHS ghost to stay afraid of her until the film's finale, but not so much that you get used to her presence. 

Everything about Samara is terrifying - especially how she crawls out of the television. 

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Gage Creed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 17 Creepiest Kids In Supernatural Horror Films
Photo: Pet Sematary/Paramount

Miko Hughes's role as Gage Creed in 1989's Pet Sematary is one of the creepiest performances given by a child. While it could be silly to watch a 3-year-old take down an old man with a scalpel, the way the little boy moves through the scene gives it a herky-jerky supernatural feel that's downright disturbing. 

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The Grady Twins In 'The Shining'
The Grady Twins In 'The ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 17 Creepiest Kids In Supernatural Horror Films
Photo: The Shining/Warner Bros.

The Grady Twins, played by Louise and Lisa Burns, appear in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece The Shining for less than a minute, but their presence is so terrifying that they've become a horror staple. 

It's frightening enough that the girls want Danny Torrance to play with them forever and ever and ever, but the scene that recalls their final moments escalates the tension of the film. 

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