The horror genre is awash with creepy kids, from Gage Creed in Pet Sematary (1989) to Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist (1973), creepy kids are everywhere! But what are some of the best movies to feature creepy kids?

In this post, I’m offering up my top three movies featuring creepy kids. Each entry is different to the next, but each includes a kid (or kids) that are cold, calculating and incredibly creepy.

Goodnight Mommy (2014)

Goodnight Mommy is an Austrian horror movie about twin boys, Elias and Lukas. The twins live with their mother, but are convinced she has been replaced by an imposter.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 is correct. But not everything is what it seems, and there is more going on with the boys than it first appears.

The Good Son (1993)

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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.

The Good Son offers up a frightening insight into the mind of a young monster, with a standout performance from Culkin. If you only Culkin from Home Alone (1990), then give The Good Son a watch, as the film will show a whole new side to the actor.


Village of the Damned (1960)

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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 (no, no, it’s true) but they all act 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. It might have been released in 1960, but it still remains fresh to this day.


Go further

Should you want more from the creepy kid genre, then check out the following:

  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • The Omen (1976)
  • Children of the Corn (1984)
  • Pet Sematary (1989)
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
  • The Babadook (2014)
  • Cub (2014)
  • Pet Sematary (2019)

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