If you are a fan of horror movies, these kids were probably part and parcel of your upbringing, as they were integral parts of some of the greatest horrors ever made. The children have now grown up, though, and while some have enjoyed considerable success since, many have drifted away from acting, leaving film buffs to remember them as they were all those many moons ago. Here are the kids who played the ten most iconic rolls in the history of horror movies.
1. Harvey Stephens, The Omen
The British actor had to dye his hair a darker color in order to portray Demian in The Omen more convincingly back in 1976. He had a cameo appearance in the 2006 remake with Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles but hasn’t been involved much with acting apart from that, although he still makes the rounds at horror conventions, giving autographs and taking pictures with fans.
2. Miko Hughes, Pet Sematary
Hughes stars in this Stephen King adaptation as the delightfully terrifying Gage, a young boy who was hit by a truck and buried in a pet cemetery by his father. Miko also appeared in Kindergarten Cop, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Apollo 13, Spawn and Remains.
3. Christina Ricci, The Addams Family
After the Addams Family franchise, Ricci became somewhat of a film icon and appeared in several big budget productions, most notably Now and Then and Casper, before finding success in critically acclaimed independent films such as The Ice Storm and Buffalo ’66. Ricci has also had commercial success, with the films in which she has starred grossing in excess of $743 million to date.
4. Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan
In this 2009 horror, Isabelle plays the adoptee of an emotionally scarred couple coping with loss. She has grown up quite a bit in the intervening decade, landing a supporting part in this year’s ‘The Hunger Games’ with Jennifer Lawrence.
5. John Franklin, Children of the Corn
John Franklin played the young creeper in the film based on the Stephen King short story of the same name and reprised the role in the 1999 direct-to-video film Children of the Corn 666: Isaac’s Return. He also played Cousin Itt in The Addams Family and its sequel.
6. Lisa and Louise Burns, The Shining
Perhaps the best-known kids ever to have appeared in a horror film, Lisa and Louise starred as the Grady Twins in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining in one of the scariest scenes ever to appear on the big screen. The twins that notoriously begged young Danny Torrance to play with them in the hallway of the Overlook Hotel never followed up on their acting gig, instead focusing on academic endeavors: Lisa has a degree in literature and language, and Louise is a microbiologist.
7. Daveigh Chase, The Ring
Daveigh Chase played the ghoul girl Samara in The Ring, a 2002 US remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu. She also starred as Samantha Darko in Donnie Darko as well as its sequel, lent her voice to Lilo in the Lilo & Stitch film and television series, and had a recurring role on HBO’s Big Love.
8. Linda Blair, The Exorcist
Who can forget Linda as the delightfully horrible Regan in William Friedkin’s classic horror The Exorcist?. After delivering one of the most memorable performances in horror history, Blair reprised her role in The Exorcist II: The Heretic; today she is known as an animal rights activist and for her charity work.
9. Danny Lloyd, The Shining
Danny was reportedly selected to play his namesake Danny Torrance in the Stephen King’S adaptation due to his ability to maintain his concentration for extended periods. Despite his memorable performance in The Shining, Lloyd retired from acting after his appearance as Young Liddy in the 1982 television film, Will: G. Gordon Liddy. Since 2007, Danny has been a biology professor at a community college in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
10. Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense
Before earning himself an Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Role category for his performance in the 1999 thriller, Haley Joel had already played Forrest Gump’s son Forrest Jr. After Sixth Sense, he had lead roles in Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Mimi Leder’s Pay It Forward, as well as a successful Broadway career. This year he starred on Silicon Valley as annoying tech innovator and financier, Keenan Feldspar.