Welcome to The A-Z of Horror – an alphabetical window into the horror genre. Over the course of 26 days, I’ll be taking a look at horror in all its facets and forms, offering up suggestions of what to watch, should you be in the mood for a real good scare.

Today: C is for Creepy Kids

The horror genre is awash with creepy kids, from Gage Creed in Pet Sematary (1989) and Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973) to Damien Thorn in The Omen (1976) and Isaac Chroner in Children of the Corn (1984). In today’s edition of The A-Z of Horror, I’m offering up three examples of creepy kids in horror movies, which you may or may not be familiar with.

Each entry is different to the next, but each includes a kid or kids that are cold, calculating and incredibly creepy. It should also be noted, all the actors in the following films are on fine form, which is perhaps what makes these kids so frightening.

Goodnight Mommy (2014) – Goodnight Mommy is an Austrian horror movie about twin boys, Elias and Lukas, who are convinced their mother has been replaced by an imposter. Throughout the course of the movie, the boys delve into the dark realms of horror to prove their theory about their mother is correct – no matter the consequences.

The Good Son (1993) – Directed by Joseph Ruben, The Good Son is a psychological thriller about two boys, Mark and Henry. Mark – played by Elijah Wood – is a well-mannered, well-rounded individual; unfortunately, Henry – played by Macaulay Culkin – is a troubled kid, with a dark psyche and a fascination with death. While not strictly a horror, The Good Son offers up a frightening insight into the mind of a young monster, with a standout performance from Culkin.

Village of the Damned (1960) – The kids featured in Village of the Damned are arguably some of the creepiest kids committed to film. Why? Because not only do they look like the spawn of Satan, but they all think with a hive mind, meaning that each is just as deadliest as the next. Based on the John Wyndham novel, The Midwich Cuckoos, Village of the Damned is one of the best examples of truly terrifying children which still stands up today.

Should you want more from the creepy kid genre, then check out Kevin in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Cole in The Sixth Sense (1999). Two polar opposite examples of creepy kids, but both fascinating to watch.

Tomorrow: D is for…