When it comes to horror movies, nothing in this world freaks me out more than creep children. Maybe it's that they're supposed to be innocent, or that they're too young to be subjected to the whims of the supernatural world, or perhaps it's just their tiny hands and feet. Regardless, I think there's a reason why so many famous horror movies shift the focus from the adults to unsuspecting children.
Finding talented child actors in itself can be a struggle, but it takes an additional set of skills to be a kid who can scare the living daylights out of a theater full of adults. Here are seven child actors who horrified us all and what they look like today:
Regan MacNeil, The Exorcist (1973)
Played by: Linda Blair
Age today: 56
Since The Exorcist: Exorcist II: The Heretic, Hell Night, Ruckus, Savage Streets, Repossessed
Damien Thorn, The Omen (1976)
Played by: Harvey Spencer Stephens
Age today: 44
Since The Omen: The Omen was Stephens' only major work in entertainment. Later in life the English horror child actor traded futures on the London stock market and eventually went on to be a property developer.
Danny, The Shining (1980)
Played by: Danny Lloyd
Age today: 42
Since The Shining: Danny Lloyd also left Hollywood behind after starring in The Shining and today lives happily working as a pig farmer and science teacher in the Midwest.
Isaac, Children of the Corn (1984)
Played by: John Franklin
Age today: 56
Since Children of the Corn: Child's Play, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Tower of Terror, Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return
Andy Barclay, Child's Play (1988)
Played by: Alex Vincent
Age today: 34
Since Child's Play: Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Child's Play 2, House Guest, Curse of Chucky
Cole Sears, The Sixth Sense (1999)
Played by: Haley Joel Osment
Age today: 27
Since The Sixth Sense: A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Pay It Forward, Secondhand Lions, Tusk, Sex Ed
Samara, The Ring (2002)
Played by: Daveigh Chase
Age today: 25
Since The Ring: Fun fact! Before playing Samara, Daveigh Chase voiced Lilo in Lilo & Stitch! Since then, she's been in numerous Lilo & Stitch spinoffs, shots, and TV shows like Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures and Big Love.
These are only a handful of child actors from the horror genre. Feel free to tell us which creepy kids are your favorites in the comments section!