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Scary Kids in Scary Movies I

From children with special abilities to those that act a little too old for their age, young characters in a horror movie can really send chills up and down your back. In this article, you will encounter a few scary kids that may appear in movies played for the Halloween season.

Adam in “Godsend”

After a car accident takes the life of their young son, Adam, a married couple (played by Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn) seek the help of an expert (played by Robert de Niro), who introduces them to the possibility of stem cell research bringing their son back to life. The process that they would agree to is experimental and illegal, as the doctor will engage in unauthorized cloning and regeneration. Adam is “brought back to life” but not everything is the same as his parents would expect. There is something quite different about the boy. This 2004 film touches upon the subject of cloning in regards to humans, and the potential for unfortunate circumstances to take place.

Danny Torrance in ‘The Shining”

When Danny Lloyd was chosen to play the role of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining (1980)’ ”“ he exhibited the ability to focus for extended periods of time. Interestingly, the six year old was unaware of the type of movie he was in and didn’t know that it was a horror film until several years after it was released.  The movie adaptation of a Stephen King novel concentrates on the chilling effects of an isolated hotel that is clearly plagued by evil, spiritual and supernatural energies. A family moves into a hotel during the offseason to take care of the property. Jack Torrance is a writer who believes this change will be good for his writers block. However, the hotel has a negative effect on his behavior. His son, Danny, also experiences odd events because of his psychic powers that allow him to see the past and possibly future horrors associated with the property.

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Esther in ‘Orphan’

‘Orphan’ is the type of movie that makes you think twice about bringing in an unknown individual to your home ”“ you just never know the kind of baggage that they bring. In this case, what you see is definitely not what you get. Isabelle Fuhrman was 13 years old when she took on the role of Esther ”“ an extremely troubled young woman passing as a troubled young child. The 2009 film focuses on a husband and wife who recently lose a baby and decide to adopt a 9-year-old girl who appears innocent, but actually harbors a grave secret and agenda that threatens to tear the family apart. She lies, pits the adults against one another, is dangerous to her foster siblings (trying to kill one), and manipulative.