There is an expression, “A mother’s love is forever,” and this could not be more true. However, when looking back through our favorite horror movies, another expression comes to mind: “A face only a mother could love.”
In celebration of the upcoming film Mama, directed by Andrés Muschietti and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, creator of Pan’s Labyrinth, we decided to take a walk down memory lane and honor the top scariest, freakiest kids in horror. And there are some real doozies out there with truly a face only a mother could love!
Let’s warm up with some horrible mentions. The young Drew Barrymore certainly fit the bill of creepy kid in her unforgettable role of Charlie McGee in Firestarter. As did the pumpkinheaded little monster, Sam, in Trick r Treat. (He counts, right? He’s definitely child-like). Glen/Glenda, Chucky’s seed in Seed of Chucky, was skin-crawlingly strange, and although she might be just on the fringe of too old for this list, we’ve got to throw a mention to Patience Buckner. She was, of course, the one-armed member of the zombie redneck torture family from The Cabin in the Woods who kept a journal with quotes like, “I can hear Matthew in the Dark Room, working upon father’s jaw. My good arm is hacked up and et so I hope this will be readable.” Yeah, Patience Buckner makes the list.
And now on to The Top 11 Creepiest Kids in Horror.
Since we are celebrating a new Guillermo del Toro-produced film, we’d be remiss not to mention another film he produced with a remarkably creepy kid. The Orphanage featured a deformed, sack-wearing ghost-child that was incredibly unsettling. Although small in stature, Tomás’ presence dominated this haunting film filled with mysterious deaths and disappearances, and the little guy turned out to be an incredibly effective character.