Children Of Horror Cinema

These are the actors who played the children (some monsters and some victims) in the horror movies that have filled our nightmares over the last 50 years.

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Patty McCormack
Actress, Frost/Nixon
As a testament to her passion and talent, former 1950s pig-tailed moppet star Patty McCormack has remained a consistent presence on film and TV for over five decades. While the lovely and talented blond suffered her share of hard knocks in adjusting to an adult career, she did not fade away into oblivion or self destruct as those child stars before her did...
“ --THE BAD SEED--Rhoda Penmark ” - dmclaughlinabq
Bobby Driscoll
Actor, Peter Pan
Bobby Driscoll was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie screen appearances as The Sullivans...
“ --THE WINDOW-- Tommy ” - dmclaughlinabq
Martin Stephens
Martin Stephens was the most popular child actor in Britain during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Having lost interest in acting as he became an adult, he moved to Belfast in 1968, where he studied architecture at Queen's University, Belfast. He later returned to England, where he pursued his new career in architecture and as a teacher of Meditation.
“ --The Innocents--
--Village Of The Damned--
--The Witches-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Pamela Franklin
British actress Pamela Franklin has worked with many notable actors and directors throughout her career. A somewhat underrated actress, she had a wide range of emotions that she brought to her many versatile characters. Franklin was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father was an importer/exporter. She...
“ --The Innocents--
--Our Mothers House--
--The Nanny-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Veronica Cartwright
Actress, Alien
Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour, Spencer's Mountain and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. As such, she was cast as "Jemima Boone" in the popular television series Daniel Boone...
“ --THE BIRDS-- Kathy Brenner ” - dmclaughlinabq
Mark Lester
Actor, Oliver!
Mark attended stage school in London, England as a young child and made his film debut in The Counterfeit Constable at the age of six. He made countless TV appearances and became very well known in England. Worldwide fame developed as a result of his portrayal of a stuttering child in Our Mother's House. Producers of Oliver! auditioned 250 child actors for the title role and finally chose him...
“ --WHO SLEW AUNTIE ROO-- Christopher Coombs
--OUR MOTHERS HOUSE-- Jiminee ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS-- David Collins ” - dmclaughlinabq
Linda Blair
Actress, The Exorcist
From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist. Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed to be set to take the Academy Award for that role...
“ --THE EXORCIST-- Regan McNeal
THE EXORCIST II ” - dmclaughlinabq
Leif Garrett
Born on November 8, 1961 in Hollywood, California, Leif grew up in a world of showbiz and got his first taste of acting in the blockbuster film, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice playing the son of Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon, though he was uncredited. Then he was a frequent guest in TV shows such as Nanny and the Professor...
“ --DEVIL TIMES FIVE-- David ” - dmclaughlinabq
Dawn Lyn
Actress, My Three Sons
Dawn Lyn made her acting debut at four years old in the low-budget, independent Cry Blood, Apache. It wasn't until she was 12 that she discovered she had played a Native American boy in the movie. She was the original Prudence in pilot for Nanny and the Professor TV series. By the time the pilot sold at the last minute...
“ --DEVIL TIMES FIVE-- Moe ” - dmclaughlinabq
Geri Reischl
Child actress Geri Reischl began her career at the Melodyland Theatre in Anaheim, California, where she was discovered by a talent agent. She was immediately cast in a long series of commercials, including an extended contract with Mattel toys. This led to featured roles in the films The Brotherhood of Satan and Poor Albert and Little Annie...
“ --The Brotherhood Of Satan--
--I Dismember Mama-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lee Montgomery
Brother of actress Belinda Montgomery, Lee began his career as a model before venturing into the acting business. He made his debut in the Disney film The Million Dollar Duck, before landing a starring role in Ben, the sequel to Willard. Lee made a successful transformation into adult roles with films such as Mutant...
“ --BURNT OFFERINGS-- Davey Rolf
--BEN-- Danny Garrison ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE OMEN-- Damien Thorn ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --Damien:The Omen II-- Damien Thorn ” - dmclaughlinabq
Susan Swift
Born in Houston, Texas, USA in 1964. Susan Swift, brown haired and brown eyed with a winning smile, made her film debut at 13 in Robert Wise's supernatural drama Audrey Rose, in which she gave a stunning performance as Ivy, a young girl who is plagued by horrific nightmares about burning to death in a car crash...
“ --AUDREY ROSE-- Ivy Templeton ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ --THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE-- Rynn ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LIVES DOWN THE LANE-- Mario ” - dmclaughlinabq
Brooke Shields
"Want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing". If you have not heard of Brooke Shields before, this tagline from her Calvin Klein Jeans ad had to grab your attention. Not that she has not had a previously noteworthy resume. She was born on May 31, 1965 in New York City and, at age 12...
“ --ALICE SWEET ALICE-- Karen Spages ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --HALLOWEEN-- Tommy Doyle ” - dmclaughlinabq
Kyle Richards
Actress, Halloween
Kyle Egan Richards was born in Hollywood, California, to Kathleen Mary (Dugan) and Kenneth Edwin Richards, a business executive. Ken died in 1998. Kathleen was diagnosed with breast cancer the same year, and passed away in March of 2002. Kyle, like her sister Kim, began acting at a very young age. She made many appearances on Little House on the Prairie as Alicia Sanderson Edwards...
“ --HALLOWEEN-- Lindsey Wallace ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE BROOD-- Candice Ca ” - dmclaughlinabq
Carrie Henn
Actress, Aliens
“ --ALIENS-- Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --BLOODY BIRTHDAY-- Curtis Taylor
--SUPERSTITION-- Justin Leaky
--CUJO-- Brett Camber ” - dmclaughlinabq
Heather O'Rourke
Actress, Poltergeist
Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry. Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting alone in the MGM Commissary waiting for her mother when a stranger approached her asking her name...
“ --POLTERGEIST--Carol Ann Freeling
--POLTERGEIST III ” - dmclaughlinabq
Oliver Robins
Oliver began his career in the film industry at the age of ten, starring in Steven Spielberg's "Poltergeist." After acting in various film and television roles, he moved behind the camera. At the age of fifteen, he wrote, directed and produced The Crystal, which won first prize at the French "Les Mesnil-le-Roi" Film Festival...
“ --POLTERGEIST-- Robbie Freeling
--POLTERGEIST II ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
“ --PHENOMENA-- Jennifer Corvino ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --CUJO-- Tad Trent ” - dmclaughlinabq
Corey Feldman
Corey Scott Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award-winning McDonald's commercial and has sustained a 35-year career as a steadily working actor, with more than 80 films under his belt. Corey began his career in guest-starring roles on television series such as Mork & Mindy...
--THE LOST BOYS-- Edgar Frog ” - dmclaughlinabq
Corey Haim
Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a Canadian-born clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. Haim broke into the film industry in 1984, playing a young child caught up in a family war in the movie Firstborn...
“ --SILVER BULLET-- Marty Coslaw
--WATCHERS-- Travis ” - dmclaughlinabq
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ --FIRESTARTER-- Charlene 'Charlie' McGee
--CAT'S EYE -- Amanda ” - dmclaughlinabq
Miko Hughes
Actor, Apollo 13
Miko started his acting career in a public service announcement when he was 22 months old and followed that up by appearing in his first feature film at 27 months old. Since that early start Miko has consistently been one of the busiest young actors in Hollywood. Miko is best known on film for his dramatic portrayal of an autistic boy opposite Bruce Willis in the blockbuster hit Mercury Rising...
“ --PET SEMATARY-- Gage Creed
--New Nightmare-- Dylan ” - dmclaughlinabq
Blaze Berdahl
Actress, Ghostwriter
Blaze Autumn Berdahl is an actress, singer, rapper, voice over actress, voice actress, and announcer. She is best known for her role as Lenni Frazier on Ghostwriter. Blaze is younger than her twin sister Beau by one minute. Blaze and Beau grew up in New York City with their older brother Sky.
“ --PET SEMATARY-- Ellie Creed ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --NEAR DARK-- Homer
--RIVERS EDGE-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Stephen Dorff
Actor, Blade
Stephen Dorff was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Nancy and Steve Dorff, a composer. Chosen from over 2000 young men from around the world, he auditioned and won the coveted role of "PK" in John G. Avildsen's The Power of One in 1992, starring opposite Morgan Freeman, John Gielgud and Fay Masterson. For his performance...
“ --THE GATE-- Glen ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE GATE-- Terry Chandler
--THE GATE II ” - dmclaughlinabq
Noah Hathaway
Noah Hathaway was born on November 13, 1971, to Judy and Robert Hathaway. He is one-quarter Mohican on his father's side. Noah started his way to stardom in commercials (in which he began to appear at age three). In 1978, he landed the role of Boxey on the cult Sci-Fi show, Battlestar Galactica. Later that year...
“ --TROLL-- Harry Potter Jr.-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE CHILDREN OF THE CORN-- Isaac ” - dmclaughlinabq
Courtney Gains
Courtney Gains first achieved success during the 1980s with a variety of roles in films such Children of the Corn, Back to the Future, Can't Buy Me Love, Colors, The 'Burbs and Memphis Belle. His most recent credits include Sweet Home Alabama, Benny Bliss and the Disciples of Greatness (which he also produced), Faster, L.A.Noir (video game) , _Field of Lost Shoes and Fun House Massacre...
“ --THE CHILDREN OF THE CORN-- Malachai ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lukas Haas
Actor, Inception
Lukas was born on April 16, 1976 in West Hollywood, California. His Texas-born mother, Emily Tracy, is a writer, and his German-born father, Berthold Haas, is an artist. He has twin brothers, Simon and Nikolai. It's widely noted that Lukas was discovered at the age of 5 by casting director Margery Simkin while he was in kindergarten...
“ --THE LADY IN WHITE-- Frankie Scarlatti ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --TerrorVision-- Sherman Putterman ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE MONSTER SQUAD-- Sean ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE MONSTER SQUAD-- Rudy ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE MONSTER SQUAD-- Phoebe ” - dmclaughlinabq
Matthew Lawrence
Matthew William Lawrence was born in Abington, Pennsylvania, to Donna (Shaw), a personnel manager, and Joseph Lawrence, an insurance broker. He is the middle brother of three, with Andrew Lawrence the youngest and Joey Lawrence the oldest. At age three, his mother started to bring him into NY city with her and his brother Joseph...
“ --TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE: THE MOVIE-- Timmy ” - dmclaughlinabq
--HALLOWEEN 5-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
Brandon Quintin Adams
Best known for his role as Zeke in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, Brandon Quintin Adams has been involved in the business since toddler age. Appearing in commercials and print ads, was just the start of his career. At the age of 9, he landed his first television role as 'Peter' in the NBC sitcom, Empty Nest in 1988...
“ -- The People Under The Stairs--
--Ghost In The Machine-- ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --WITCHES-- Luke Eveshim ” - dmclaughlinabq
Macaulay Culkin
Actor, Home Alone
Macaulay Carson Culkin, one of the most famous American child stars, was born on August 26, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA, as the third of seven children of his father Kit Culkin (a former stage and child actor and also Macaulay's former manager) and mother Patricia Brentrup. He is the brother of Shane Culkin...
“ --THE GOOD SON-- Henry Evens
--JACOB'S LADDER-- Gabe ” - dmclaughlinabq
Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood is an American actor best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In addition to reprising the role in The Hobbit series, Wood also played Ryan in the FX television comedy Wilfred and voiced Beck in the Disney XD animated television series TRON: Uprising...
“ --THE GOOD SON-- Mark Evens ” - dmclaughlinabq
Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment is an American actor who has proven himself as one of the best young actors of his generation. He is the first millennial male to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting. Osment was born in Los Angeles, California, to Theresa (Seifert), a teacher, and actor Eugene Osment. His sister is actress Emily Osment. His ancestry includes English, German, and Irish...
“ --THE SIXTH SENSE-- Cole Sear ” - dmclaughlinabq
Rory Culkin
Actor, Signs
Rory Culkin was born in New York City, New York. He is the youngest son of Kit Culkin, a former stage and child actor, and Patricia Brentrup. He is the brother of Shane Culkin, Dakota Culkin, Macaulay Culkin, Kieran Culkin, Quinn Culkin, and Christian Culkin. His mother, who is from North Dakota...
“ --SIGNS-- Morgan Hess ” - dmclaughlinabq
Abigail Breslin
Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama. Recently, Breslin headlined the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens, opposite Emma Roberts...
“ --SIGNS-- Bo Hess ” - dmclaughlinabq
Jodelle Ferland
Jodelle Micah Ferland has built up an impressive resume filled with roles in film, television and, at the beginning of her career, commercials. Born on October 9, 1994, she got her start in an episode of CTV's Cold Squad, before landing the lead role in her first film, Mermaid at an early age...
“ --SILENT HILL-- Sharon/Alessa ” - dmclaughlinabq
David Dorfman
Actor, The Ring
David Dorfman made his feature film debut as William H. Macy's son in the acclaimed drama Panic, and then played Gwyneth Paltrow's son in Bounce. Dorfman also appeared the independent film 100 Mile Rule. He also played Aidan in The Ring a remake of the Japaneese film Ringu, he was outstanding in this role for such a young actor...
“ --THE RING-- Aidan ” - dmclaughlinabq
Daveigh Chase
Actress, Donnie Darko
Daveigh Chase was born on July 24, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was raised in the small town of Albany, Oregon; where she continues to spend much of her time. She began singing and dancing in her hometown and other local areas at community events and shows starting at age 3. After visiting Los Angeles...
“ --THE RING-- Samara ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE OTHERS-- Nicholas Stewart ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE OTHERS-- Anne Stewart ” - dmclaughlinabq
Dakota Fanning
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent...
“ --HIDE AND SEEK-- Emily Callaway ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE GRUDGE-- Toshio ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --THE DEVILS BACKBONE-- Carlos ” - dmclaughlinabq
Isabelle Fuhrman
Actress, Orphan
Isabelle was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She has one older sister, Madeline, and her parents are Elina and Nick Fuhrman. Her career began when a casting director from Cartoon Network spotted her waiting for her sister and cast her for one of the shows, Cartoon Fridays. Isabelle's first acting gig came in 2006 when she booked a commercial for Rooms to Go furniture...
“ --THE ORPHEN-- Esther ” - dmclaughlinabq
Ty Simpkins
At his young age, Ty Simpkins has proudly accomplished more than most in the world of entertainment - he has starred in two of the biggest blockbusters of all time. Simpkins can be seen opposite Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt in Universal's dinosaur box office monster hit Jurassic World. Prior...
“ --INSIDIOUS-- Dalton Lambert ” - dmclaughlinabq
Lina Leandersson
Lina Leandersson was born in Falun, Sweden She took an interest in performing from an early age, acting in amateur theatre performances, attending drama courses, and performing street- and jazz dance. One of her first roles was in amateur theatre performance, playing the mother of a spoiled girl wanting new jeans...
“ --LET THE RIGHT ONE IN-- Eli ” - dmclaughlinabq
Kåre Hedebrant
Kare lives with his mother, father and sister in the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden. He attends Adolf Fredrik's School of Music, the oldest specialized elementary school in Sweden. In 2008 Kare starred in his first feature film "Let the Right One In". Before that he played the title role in a theatrical production of one of Astrid Lindgren's children's books...
“ --LET THE RIGHT ONE IN-- Oskar ” - dmclaughlinabq
Megan Charpentier
Actress, Mama
Actress Megan Charpentier has starred alongside Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Universal's widely successful Guillermo del Toro horror film, Mama. Megan will showcase her captivating skills on the big screen once again, in Disney's highly anticipated feature film, The Games Maker, with Joseph Fiennes...
“ --MAMA-- Annabel ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --MAMA-- Lilly ” - dmclaughlinabq
Clare Foley
Actress, Gotham
“ --SINISTER-- Ashley ” - dmclaughlinabq
Michael Hall D'Addario
Actor, Sinister
Michael hails from Long Island, New York. While he started acting at age 6, music has always been Michael's first love. He has played drums since age 4 and started writing his own music and playing guitar around 12. Michael and his brother, Brian D'Addario, started a band at the ages of 6 and 8, and have been performing music ever since...
“ --SINISTER-- Trevor ” - dmclaughlinabq
Victoria Leigh
Actress, Sinister
Victoria, or Tori for short, was born in Walnut Creek, CA and moved with her family to Brooklyn, NY in 2008. Tori attends Professional Performing Arts School in New York City and is a creative spirit, voracious reader and imaginative performer. She has appeared on "Wonder Pets", "Team Umi Zoomi", "Unforgettable" on CBS...
“ --SINISTER-- Stephanie ” - dmclaughlinabq
Mackenzie Foy
Actress, Interstellar
Mackenzie Christine Foy was born 10 November, 2000. She began her career as a child model in 2004, working for Garnet Hill, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Guess Kids. She has also modeled in print ads for companies such as Rubbermaid, Jones Apparel Group,The Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Target Corporation, Talbots, Guess and Gap...
“ --The Conjuring-- Cindy Perron
--The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Parts 1 and 2-- Renesmee ” - dmclaughlinabq
Joey King
Joey King started acting professionally when she was four years old. A national spot for Life Cereal was Joey's first commercial. It has been said that Joey inherited the love of acting from her grandmother who used to perform in live theater. She has appeared in several television shows and movies of the week...
“ --The Conjuring-- Christine Perron
--Quarantine-- Briana ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Conjuring-- April Perron
--The Circle-- Sara ” - dmclaughlinabq
Hayley McFarland
Actress, The Conjuring
Hayley McFarland was born on March 29, 1991. As a child she appeared in several theatrical productions, including Titanic, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Sound of Music. She has appeared on TV (Gilmore Girls, ER, Criminal Minds). In 2008 Hayley was cast as Emily Lightman on the FOX series Lie to Me. In the 2008 film Winged Creatures, she played Lori Carline alongside Dakota Fanning.
“ --The Conjuring-- Nancy Perron ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Conjuring-- Judy Warren
--World War Z-- Constance Lane ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --The Purge-- Charlie Sandin ” - dmclaughlinabq
Danny Lloyd
Danny Lloyd was selected for the role of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining because of his ability to concentrate for extended periods of time. Because of his age (6) and the genre of The Shining Danny was closely guarded by Kubrick during filming and didn't know it was a horror film until several years later...
“ --THE SHINING-- Danny Torrance ” - dmclaughlinabq
Pamela Franklin
British actress Pamela Franklin has worked with many notable actors and directors throughout her career. A somewhat underrated actress, she had a wide range of emotions that she brought to her many versatile characters. Franklin was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father was an importer/exporter. She...
“ --The INNOCENTS-- Flora
--OUR MOTHERS HOUSE-- Diana ” - dmclaughlinabq
Martin Stephens
Martin Stephens was the most popular child actor in Britain during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Having lost interest in acting as he became an adult, he moved to Belfast in 1968, where he studied architecture at Queen's University, Belfast. He later returned to England, where he pursued his new career in architecture and as a teacher of Meditation.
--VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED-- David ” - dmclaughlinabq
“ --ALICE SWEET ALICE-- Catherine Spages ” - dmclaughlinabq