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They Scare Me Ok?: A Personal Look At Children In Horror

I love horror. I like to read it, I like to research it and I especially enjoy a creepy film. I love the feeling of unease, tension and the anticipation of something jumping out of my nightmares and onto my television screen. There are many things in the world that give me the creeps. Spiders, Cows and sometimes, being left alone in the dark for long periods of time. There is only one thing that can induce the warm, embarrassing flow of the ‘fear pee’ through my jeans. Little dead kids. So, when it comes to horror films, I’m open to watching any flick, unless it features a dead looking child on the cover. Then I hesitate.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a pussy. I frequently face the little buggers, adamant that they will not beat me. But sometimes, they win. So here are 3 personal battles of mine where the bleeding, pale and tiny freaks have had the sweet taste of success in making me turn off the TV and sleep with the lights on for at least a week.

Samara Morgan from ‘The Ring’ (2002)

I first watched the ring when I was around 14-15. The contorted faces creeped me out, but as soon as this unsettling child hit the screen, my eyes were covered and I watched the rest of the film through my fingers. Her long hair, her perfect skin, She was like killer porcelain. Whimpering in my seat, I suffered through the ‘Television’ scene, imagining her wet, pruney hands and tendrils of hair suffocating me into a messed up corpse. Her contorted face haunted me all the way home. It was 6 years later, when feeling brave one night I said to myself ‘It wasn’t that bad!’ and watched ‘The Ring’ again. Didn’t even make it past ‘Seven Days!’

Jodie DeFeo from ‘The Amityville Horror’ (2005)

Now, I honestly felt sorry for this teeny creature when she perished in the first 10 minutes. Given her brother was stalking round the house offing her family members, I too would have chosen the closet to hide in so I sympathize. But then what? She comes back all shot in the head and wide-eyed saying ‘look what Robbie did!’ making friends with the new family’s daughter and torturing old babysitters. I’m left running for a cushion! And what’s with appearing at the end of the bed when the Lutz’ are getting down and dirty? Seeing her toes flex made me gag (she has such small, but knotted toes.) With Jodie, her voice got to me the most, just because it was so normal! Not echoed, or demon-like at all.

The ‘Boy Ghost’ from ‘Insidious’ (2011)


This film confused me. A boy’s in a coma because his mental self is held captive, in a world called ‘the further’, by a demon that looks like Darth Maul? As bad as it sounds the only thing in it that actually made me shudder was the little shit of a boy who ran around the house dancing and laughing. The fact he was placed in an obvious light gets to me. The mother looks confused and startled but that’s nothing. I screamed like a banshee when this boy is seen dancing slowly through the window. I was nearly in tears when he leaped from the cupboard. Yet his presence made no sense. Seeing him was unsettling to the point of shutting my eyes tight and wishing I was elsewhere. (Much to the amusement of my fellows who were watching with me.)

I freely admit that during these films I would have readily evacuated my bowels to release the tension I felt within, and probably would have welcomed the excuse to leave the room.

There are other films that induce the prickles on the back of my neck, but honestly there are too many to list here. Those that deserve a worthy mention however, include ‘Orphan’, ‘Fracture’ and ‘Paranormal Activity 3’, all of which fit closely to this subject area.

Now you know what gets to me the most, what freaks you out? Leave a comment below!

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