From Stephen King's Children of the Corn to the kids from It, there is no shortage of eerie youngsters in the pages of King's oeuvre - nor in the myriad films that have been adapted from his work. In fact, when you start to break down the creepiest kids in horror movies, you'll find that a disproportionate number of them come from King's cinematic universe - ranging from Carrie White, in the very first film adapted from one of his novels, to the latest takes on It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep.
Here are the creepiest Stephen King movie kids; they're too young to vote but not too young to scare your socks off - or worse. Where the movie differed from the book, we went with the movie version here.
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"Sometimes, dead is better," as Louis Creed learns to his own great detriment in King's Pet Sematary. When Gage Creed, Louis's 2-year-old son, is hit by a tanker truck, the distraught father lays his toddler to rest at the eponymous "sematary," where evil forces reanimate Gage as a homicidal zombie.
The sinister toddler was played in the film by actual 2-year-old Miko Hughes, as well as another 2-year-old, the aptly named Russell Graves. What makes Gage so unsettling isn't just his incredibly young age (though a 2-year-old with a scalpel is creepy enough), but the way his bad actions are compounded by his father's grief that accompanies losing a child.
Movie: Pet Sematary (1989)
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Of all King's stories, perhaps none contains a larger concentration of creepy kids than "Children of the Corn," a tale about the town of Gatlin, where the children worship "He Who Walks Behind the Rows," and everyone over the age of 19 is sacrificed.
In the 1984 film adaptation, John Franklin plays Isaac Chroner, the 12-year-old leader of the sinister kids. This in spite of the fact that Franklin was 24 at the time of filming. A growth hormone deficiency caused him to look far younger than his actual age.
Movie: Children of the Corn (1984)
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Among the first targets of the vampiric Kurt Barlow in King's Salem's Lot is young Ralphie Glick, who returns as a vampire and turns his brother, Danny, into one as well. The scenes of Danny and Ralphie as vampires hovering outside of bedroom windows are among the most indelible images in Tobe Hooper's 1979 TV miniseries adaptation of the novel, helping to traumatize an "entire generation."
Movie: Salem's Lot (1979)
Age: Probably around 12
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"Come and play with us, Danny. Forever and ever and ever..." say the girls, who are not actually twins.
The man who hires Jack Torrance to take care of the Overlook Hotel estimates their ages at around 8 and 10 - the two daughters of the previous caretaker, who were bloodily dispatched by their own father in an eerie foreshadowing of what's to come for Jack's family, are among the creepiest ghosts to appear in The Shining - or, indeed, the annals of horror cinema.
The "twins" were portrayed on film by real-life twins Lisa and Louise Burns.
Movie: The Shining (1980)
Age: Around 8 and 10