They don’t get much younger than this killer tot! Based upon the Stephen King novel, Pet Sematary featured an Indian burial ground that can resurrect the newly dead, which was too tempting for grieving parent Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff), who buries his young son Gage (Miko Hughes) only to see him return as evil incarnate with a taste for murder.
ELI (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, 2007)
“I’ve been twelve for a long time”. So said Eli (Lina Leandersson), a child vampire who serves as the creature feature and moral conflict in Let the Right One In, for while she is indeed a killer her alliance with bullied schoolboy Oskar (Kare Hedebrant) gives this blood thirsty creature a heart. Then again, maybe it was a display of Machiavellian cunning to keep her new human aide safe from harm. Either way, blood is spilt.
THE CHILDREN (VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, 1960)
Word of advice: if you ever see a group of white haired brats, with English accents and hypnotic eyes, then run as fast as you can. That was something the inhabitants of Midwich didn’t do, falling prey to the morality bereft behaviour of their resident children, who have a way of convincing the town folks to off themselves.
SADAKO / SAMARA (THE RING 1998/2002)
TV, they say, will suck the life out of you. In the case of The Ring that is a fact, with a soaking wet ghost with a curse on her head and chip on her shoulder literally scaring the shit out of her victims. Known as Sadako in Ringu and Samara in the American remake, her domain is a videotape which after watched, will mean your death. Good thing we’ve all switched to DVD.
DAMIEN THORN (THE OMEN, 1976)
It took one mean little bastard to make Atticus Finch raise his hand, and that is exactly what happened in The Omen, with movie saint Gregory Peck talking on the antichrist himself in young Damien Thorn (Harvey Stephens). With bob haircut and squeaky shoes he may look innocent, yet Damien’s powerful influence to make dark deeds happen is undeniable, even going so far to kill his unborn step-brother with no remorse.
MICHEAL MYERS (HALLOWEEN, 1978)
The opening of John Carpenter’s horror classic Halloween is a thing of horrific beauty: a POV shot from the inside of a mask, worn by a pesky brat stalking his promiscuous sister, only to shockingly end with her murder by his knife wielding hands. The mask comes off to reveal a child with hallow eyes and no remorse. Welcome to the beginning of an American monster.
REGAN (THE EXORCIST, 1973)
While many remember the head twisting, projectile puking, crucifix masturbating exploits of the demonically possessed Regan McNeil, few remember the fact that she is also a killer. The evil deed was done off camera, with the brutal murder of boozing director Burke Dennings (Jack MacGowan), drawing the suspicions of Detective Kincaid (Lee J. Cobb). “His head was twisted all the way around”, he would later state. Wonder who has that M.O.?
HIT GIRL (KICK ASS, 2010)
Hero of child psychopaths and disturbed fanboys everywhere, Hit Girl remains a disturbing example of entertainment exploitation gone crazy. Played by Chloe Moretz, this young, potty mouthed, weapons clad “vigilante” dispenses the filth laded quips while killing racial stereotypes with extreme prejudice. Although praised as a hero, Hit Girl proves to be nothing more than a child solider in tights.
LI'L DICE (CITY OF GOD, 2002)
Unpredictable and extremely dangerous, Li’l Ze’s taste for murder and power began at a very young age when he was known as Li’l Dice, making his mark shooting tied up hostages from a hotel heist just for the fun of it. That he would grow into a certified psychopath and lord of the slums would not be a surprise, with his callous attitude towards life and death at such a young age still a mark of thing to come.
CLAUDIA (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, 1994)
Here is a vampire who does not subscribe to the BS Twilight angst of her nature. From her very first taste of blood, young Claudia’s (Kirsten Dunst) thirst for human life was unquenchable. Ploughing through a succession of music teachers and unsuspecting good Samaritans, her strategy for luring her victims was simple: play it cute and unassuming, and then bite. After all, who would think that a 12 year old girl could harm anyone? Yet harm she did, without quam or remorse. Killers don’t get as cold blooded as this.