Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Little Girls, Little Girls, Everything about them is...LITTLE

There is something extremely frightening about children in horror movies.  Now I could sit here all day and talk about little Gage in Pet Semetary or Isaac in Children of the Corn, but I'm here to talk about the terrifying little girls of the horror world.  I feel that girls are much more terrifying than boys.  When you think of a "little girl" one typically thinks of frilly socks, pink bows, and ringlet curl hair.  However, when your "little girl" starts screaming "Your mother sucks cock in hell" and projectile vomiting green goo, things get a little more mortifying. 

First, of course is Reagen MacNeil of The Exorcist.  Not only did Linda Blair's portrayal of a demon possessed child earn her the iconic image, but she also helped give it 10 Academy Award nominations; winning two.  What makes her so terrifying; is that this is a little girl with the power to levitate, spin her head 360 degrees, projectile vomit, scream obscenities, roll her eyes into the back of her head, speak in a TERRIFYING male voice, brutally attack people, and not to mention the awesome wounds that just appear on her in an instant.  When it is discovered that she isn't possessed by a demon, but the Devil himself, well that's just the icing on the cake now isn't it? As a woman, even thinking of the possibility that I could come home someday and my darling little girl is suddenly possessed by Satan scares the living ba-jesus out of me. Seeing it on screen, is an entirely different nightmare.  

5 Steps to Creating Terrifying Twins For The Shining....

Step One: Find hollow eyed twins.
Step Two: Dress them alike
Step Three: Write Creepy Catch Phrase
Step Four: Make them speak in unison
Step Five: Subliminally show them axed and covered in blood.
Wet, Lather, Rinse, Repeat...forever and ever and ever and ever...

I have never been a huge fan of people who dress their children alike, let alone a set of multiples.  No matter what a set of twins could be saying, I am instantly creeped out whenever they speak at the same time.  I don't think anyone will ever be able to say "Come Play With Us" without thinking of the iconic and terrifying Grady twins from The Shining.

The one who started it all really in terms of scary little girls is none other than Karen Cooper of Night of the Living Dead. It takes some real guts [literally] to stab your own mother with a trowel and eat your own father. When I say eat 
your own father, I mean it. The man who played her father in NOTLD, was her biological father. How's that for creepy? Now, Freud wasn't around to create some weird complex for her, but I'm sure he could have come up with something. The originator of the Zombie Complex! When there is a zombie infestation going on, the last thing I really want to see is a zombie child, let alone a flesh hungry zombie girl. Along with being the infamous Karen Cooper, she is also that body at the top of the stairs that scared us all so much.   Kyra Schon IS the scariest of the little girls, and a true horror icon. She is a living legend and a walking piece of history. In fact, with Night of the Living Dead in the Library of Congress, it shows that even our darling government wants her to remain a part of our history.
Modern Horror gets an extremely bad reputation for not living up to its horror predecessors.  Especially when a good amount of "American" horror is nothing more than a cheap re-make of an overseas classic. Samara Morgan from the re-make The Ring. Scared the living daylights out of me the first time I saw the film.  I for one do not like killer kids to begin with, but when you throw long straggly dark hair and creepy crawling out of a well, count me out. Samara is a combination of the three [four] killer kids I have talked about earlier. She is possessed by evil spirits, she has special powers, she is occasionally seen dead, and she tries to kill you. Simply put, she's scary.  Watching her in that whacked out death video was enough to give me goosebumps, but watching this child come out of a television set, soaking wet, was enough to make me jump just a little bit.

Now, this list isn't to say that these are the "top four" or "only four" scary little girls in horror. These are just four that are extremely iconic in my opinion. I tried to get a pretty decent time span on them as well.  There are plenty other little girls that make things go bump in the night, and just because they are not mentioned, does not mean they are not praised. I personally, was seriously damaged after watching the unison albino demons that were the children of Village of the Damned. Those little girls give me the creeps and make me weary of white-blonde children. That my friends, is a very serious statement.  There's also the girls from Ghost Ship, Fear [dot] com, Poltergeist, Sleepaway Camp and countless others. Keep the screams going, and keep suspicions, because you don't know what little girls are really capable of...

2 comment(s):

jervaise brooke hamster said...

I know Emily Browning is about to become one of the biggest superstars of all-time in Zack Snyders latest science-fiction blockbuster "Sucker Punch" but i still genuinely think that she was much more beautiful and desirable in "Ghost Ship" at the age of 12 than she is now at the age of 22.

Unknown said...

desirable? you sound either like esl, or a fucking pedo. check yourself.

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