31st Oct2017

Ten Best: Scariest Children in Film

by Phil Wheat

With Halloween upon us, new research by streaming service NOW TV reveals Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist as the scariest child to hit the silver screen, according to 33% of Brits. Damien from The Omen came in second place with 28%, and Samara Morgan from The Ring’s long-black hair warranting third place with 24% finding her presence unnerving…

And a least one in ten (9%) of Brits admitted to having nightmares caused by a creepy kid movie appearance!


The top 10 scariest children in film are:

  1. Regan MacNeil –  Final scene from The Exorcist (33%)
  2. Damien – in The Omen (28%)
  3. Samara Morgan – in The Ring (24%)
  4. Carrie – in Carrie (20%)
  5. The Grudge – in The Grudge (15%)
  6. Grady Twins – in The Shining (14%)
  7. Young Jason Voorhees – in Friday 13th Series (8%)9
  8. Michael Myers – in Halloween: 20 years later (8%)
  9. Janet Hodgson – in The Conjuring 2 (8%)
  10. Cole Sear – in The Sixth Sense (7%)

The research also revealed that it’s not just on-screen children that spook us, but our own kids too, as a quarter of the nation (23%) admit to having been creeped out by an unnerving child in real life. Over 10% of Brits told terrifying tales of sleepwalking kids, 7% said they’d witnessed a child speaking to someone who wasn’t there, or had observed a child seeing things that weren’t actually there in horrific hallucinations and 3% have even been scared by a child sharing a premonition.


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