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Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the release of The Sixth Sense. This means that a) I am officially old and b) Haley Joel Osment is not a tiny kid being freaked out by dead people anymore...

Check out what the child stars of some of the most iconic horror films of all time look like now!


The Sixth Sense (1999)

Who?: Haley Joel Osment played Cole Sear, the young boy who could 'see dead people'.

Age then: 11

Age now: 26

What he's been up to: After The Sixth Sense Osment went on to do a few more big films (Pay It Forward and A.I. Artificial Intelligence) before turning to voice work for the next 10 years. This September he's returning to the horror genre, appearing as Teddy in Kevin Smith's Tusk.


The Exorcist (1973)

Who?: Linda Blair played Regan MacNeil, the 12-year-old possessed by a demon.

Age then: 14

Age now: 55

What she's been up to: Blair has had a long career in Hollywood, though following drug problems she had mainly appeared in budget horror films during the 80s. She makes a living these days appearing as herself on many TV shows including Pit Boss and most recently RuPaul's Drag Race.


The Omen (1976)

Who?: Harvey Spencer Stephens played Damien, the anti-Christ.

Age then: 5

Age now: 43

What he's been up to: The Omen was Stephens' only major film role. These days Stephens occasionally appears at horror conventions but spends most of his time working as a property developer in England.


Poltergeist (1982)

Who?: Oliver Robins played Robbie Freeling, whose family was plagued by poltergeists.

Age then: 11

Age now: 43

What he's been up to: After appearing in the Poltergeist sequel and a few more on-screen appearances Robins stopped acting, however he didn't leave the industry altogether: he now works as a writer and director.


Village of the Damned (1960)

Who?: Martin Stephens played David Zellaby, one of the mutant mind-reading children

Age then: 12

Age now: 66

What he's been up to: After acting in a few more films Stephens lost interest in acting in the mid 60s and retired from the industry. He studied at Queen's University in Belfast and now works as an architect in Portugal.


The Ring (2002)

Who? Daveigh Chase played Samara, the girl from the cursed ring video

Age then: 12

Age now: 24

What she's been up to: Chase has had a busy career since The Ring, probably most famously as the voice of Lilo in the Lilo and Stitch movies and TV show. She also appeared in the long running TV series Big Love.


The Shining (1980)

Who? Lisa and Louise Burns played the Grady twins who appeared in front of Danny Torrance.

Age then: 12

Age now: 46

What they've been up to: The Burns twins retired from acting after their role in The Shining. Lisa went on to get a degree in literature and Louise became a microbiologist.


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