10. Ofelia (Pan’s Labyrinth 2006)
This subtitled Spanish film set in 1944 Spain features Ofelia as a young girl sent to live with her new stepfather, a cruel Captain in the Spanish Army. Wandering the grounds, she soon meets a fairy who takes her to a faun in the center of the Labyrinth. He tells her she is a princess, locked out of her Kingdom, and she must complete three tasks to be allowed back in.
The thing that makes Ofelia so damn creepy? Her willingness to do whatever is asked of her. No matter how dirty, bloody, or dangerous. By the end of the film her determination to fulfill the demands of a monster she doesn’t know, but trusts, makes this little one downright worrisome.
9. Barto (The Unborn 2009)
This film, a subpar horror flick at best focuses on main character Casey, who at first appears to be haunted by her unborn twin brother. We soon learn that the boy she is seeing is not her brother, but the body of her dead Great-Uncle who died as a child during the Holocaust. It may be his body, but inside is a Dybbuk, an evil spirit trying to enter this realm by finding a shiny new baby meat suit.
And you thought your family was messed up.
8. Sally (Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark 2010)
You’d think the most upsetting thing about this movie was Katie Holmes trying to act. However, young Sally takes the prize. She is sent to live with her father and his girlfriend in a mansion they are currently restoring. Despite the title, Sally should be scared shitless. She hears whispers from the vents saying her parents don’t love her. She finds a locked basement, and a bowl full of human teeth. (She just takes one as a souvenir) Even when she comes face to face with the fairy/goblins that are pissy and clearly don’t want to be BFF’s after all, she still fails to raise alarm. She does however want to take a Polaroid of one, I guess for her scrapbook. I know you’re needy Sally but playing dirty with goblins makes you downright creepy.
7. Twin Girls (The Shining 1980)
Dressing your twins identically is upsetting enough. Twins who appear out of nowhere and ask to play while moving uncharacteristically fast toward you? I’m not covering my eyes, I’m hauling ass outta there.
6. Samara (The Ring 2002)
Is there anything more intrusive than a dead, wet child crawling out of your TV and dripping all over your living room floor? I think not. Granted with her dark unkempt hair and emotionless expression Samara is creepy beyond words, and that is despite all the murdering. Hey, if your mom threw you down a well, you’d have issues too!
Oh Karen, we barely knew ye. Despite being bitten by a zombie (even though in this groundbreaking classic the word Zombie is never actually used) you took forever to turn that we nearly forgot all about you in the basement. That is until you sprung up and ate your Dad and stabbed your Mom. You weren’t long for the Zombie infested world, but the image of you snacking on your Dad’s arm will be with us always.
4. Esther (Orphan 2009)
Let us be honest here, Esther may have acted sweet as sugar, but she never came off as a normal child. It takes a ridiculously long time to realize she is calculating and dangerous (and that is after one of her siblings nearly dies) What makes Esther rank so high on the list? She’s brilliant, she acts her part excellently. When we find out she is really a 32 year old woman trapped in a child’s body, that knowledge does nothing to make us feel better as she tries to seduce her father. Easily one of the most disturbing scenes I’ve ever seen, luckily Dad declines her advances, but is stabbed for turning doing so.
Apparently, the answer to the question “What’s wrong with Esther?” is that she is 32 and still single. I feel your pain Esther, I feel your pain.
3. Young Michael Myers (Halloween 1978)
Ok Michael, granted your sister was supposed to be babysitting you, not banging her boyfriend. But was stabbing her naked ass to death really necessary? The blank expression on the young boys face as his Dad rips off his clown mask is creepy as the classic theme plays. It spawned a franchise, and a genre, but let us not forget the very first face of Michael Myers.
2. Newborn Baby (Dawn of the Dead 2004)
Oh baby, you were doing so well hanging out in your mom’s tummy when she was unfortunately bitten by Zombies, passing the virus on to you. You paved the way for Zombie babies everywhere. You were only alive minutes, but your creepy eyes and sudden death will never ceases to give me goosebumps.
1. Claudia (Interview With The Vampire 1994)
Was a Vampire ever played more masterfully than that of forever 12 year old Claudia? Before the days of Twilight teens and the Sullen family, she was who I wanted to be when I grew up. Never physically aging past twelve, but living for decades her hunger for blood and vengeance for being a forever child blossoms. She knows how to handle herself, when to play the role of a child and when to speak to her fellow Vampires as an adult. She is the perfect predator with her doll like curls and lovely smile. Even going as far as to kill her maker, Claudia shows that you don’t have to be six foot tall to be badass. And the scene when she keeps a dead prostitute in her room because she envies the woman’s body so much? About as creepy as it gets.