That which is repressed will always return: The philosophy by which the late film scholar Robin Wood understood all horror movies. Children, he explains, may very well be the most oppressed section of the American population; “What the previous generation repressed in us, we, in turn, repress in our children”. He argues that in an American society, where there is a system of surplus repression (codes of normalcy necessary to fit in with the status quo) that horror movies represent our desires to break the rules and be free. The monsters thus embody the Return of the Repressed. With child-monsters, the most horrifying aspects come from their ability to transcend what we consider acceptable child-behavior and competence. They are made limitlessly powerful by this, sending a chill up our spines every time. Here are 10 of the most unnerving children in horror. With so little as a whisper, glare or smirk, these kids can make anyone's skin crawl.
11 Chloe Moretz in Let Me In
10 Kirsten Dunst in Interview With the Vampire
8 Courtney Gains in Children of the Corn
6 Ivana Baquero The New Daughter
5 Missy Keating in Dark Touch
4 Harvey Stephens in The Omen
3 Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist
2 Natasha Calis in The Possession
1 Linda Blair in The Exorcist
The crass remarks and gestures of sick little Regan are absolutely no joke. In one of the scariest films of all time, Linda Blair takes on the persona of a demon, Pazuzu who is hell bent on making everyone really, really uncomfortable. Oh, and killing too, it's pretty into that. Urban legends surround the film due to a number of on-set incidents, despite Friedkin's having the set and crew blessed numerous times while filming. Injuries and even a fire are cited as evidence of a curse. The film deals with, and challenges many sensitive issues such as sexuality and religion, a lot to take on for Blair who was only fourteen at the time. And yet, she did an amazing job. She was very convincing in her demonic state, and rightfully won a Golden Globe.
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