They see lifeless folks — or worse. Few horror film tropes are scarier than creepy kids, however a lot of these baby actors have grown as much as change into tremendous profitable adults.
Earlier than she was a Golden Globe winner and speak present host, Drew Barrymore performed the title function in 1984’s Firestarter, which was primarily based on the Stephen King novel of the identical title. The Charlie’s Angels actress starred as Charlie McGee, slightly lady with pyrokinesis, a.ok.a. the flexibility to regulate fireplace together with her thoughts.
Barrymore was solely 8 years outdated when she filmed the film, however her performing made an enormous impression on King, who nonetheless has a signed poster of the actress as Charlie. “It’s held on my workplace wall for properly over 40 years,” the Carrie writer stated throughout a March 2021 episode of The Drew Barrymore Present. “Not solely have been you an incredible actress [when] very, very younger, you have been particular person, and also you’re nonetheless particular person.”
The Wildflower writer returned to the horror style as an grownup in 1996’s Scream, however she’s truly not a fan of scary motion pictures regardless of her “scream queen” status. “Humorous sufficient, opposite to most likely common perception, I’m frightened of scary motion pictures and don’t watch them,” she stated throughout an October 2020 episode of her speak present.
Like Barrymore, Haley Joel Osment grew to become an enormous star after showing in a horror film as a child. The California native starred in 1999’s The Sixth Sense as Cole Sear, a younger boy who might see lifeless folks. Osment earned an Oscar nomination for his work, turning into the second-youngest particular person to earn a nod in a supporting function.
Director M. Night time Shyamalan auditioned tons of youngsters for the function of Cole, however Osment was the primary actor that blew him away. “It was like I had by no means heard the dialogue earlier than,” the filmmaker informed The New Yorker in October 2014. “He completed the scene and he was crying and I used to be crying. I couldn’t imagine it. I stated, ‘Oh, my God. Who’re you?’”
In contrast to many baby stars, Osment stored performing in movie and TV after The Sixth Sense, although he admitted that he generally selected roles as a result of he thought they’d assist him shed the picture of Cole.
“I’m most well-known for being child and the ethical middle of the film,” he defined to The New Yorker in the identical interview. “It’s telling that the majority of my present roles are darkish and nasty. It’s not about operating away from what I did as a child, but it surely’s a solution to hold issues recent and difficult.”
Maintain scrolling to see what a number of the most well-known horrifying youngsters have been doing since they haunted film screens.