on from where we left off with our last installment of
Classic-Horror.com's Shiverin' 6, we will now turn our attention to
children who do their devilish deeds as a group. As each of these
frightening features will attest, there's only one thing scarier than
a creepy kid and that's a whole pack of menacing minors.
Village of the
Beware the stare that will paralyze the will of the
The residents of Midwich, England fall victim to an
inexplicable occurrence that leaves them unconscious for several
hours. When they wake it is discovered that every woman capable of
childbirth is pregnant. It's obvious that something is not right
from the get go as the women suffer through accelerated pregnancies.
Once born, it is noticeable that the children are different on a
physical level as well (they all have the same shocking blond hair,
and oddly glowing eyes). As they grow it is realized that they are
highly intelligent and possess the power to communicate through some
form of telepathy. The nightmare begins when the children turn these
telepathic powers on the adults of Midwich, exerting the power to
read minds and control others actions. The horrifying significance of
these powers grows exponentially as the full ramifications (world
domination) of these gifts come to light.
The Devil Times Five
Not since "Village of the Damned" has death
become so savage... or survival so hopeless!
After surviving an auto accident in the mountains of
California, a group of five children set out seeking shelter against
the harsh winter weather. They are taken in by a wealthy businessman
who is entertaining family and business associates at his seasonal
retreat. The children seem innocent enough at first and seem somewhat
cute due to their odd appearances (for example, one boy is dressed as
a soldier, another as a movie star, and a girl is dressed as a nun).
Before long the kids' psychotic nature is revealed as they
systematically begin to murder the house guests in bizarre, yet
gruesome ways. It's probably the only film you will ever see that
features a kid killing an adult by dumping piranha in their bathtub.
Teen heartthrob Leif Garrett makes an early appearance here (along
with his real life mother and sister) as one of the pint sized
Who Can Kill A Child
Today -- the terror is unbelievable. Tomorrow -- it could be
It's a common fact that those who suffer the most during
times of war and famine are children. What if these innocent victims
stood up and struck back at the adults who are inevitably responsible
for these tragedies? Spanish filmmaker Narciso Serrador answers this
question straight out, while also taking a thinly veiled stand
against abortion, in his masterful piece of kinder-trauma Who Can
Kill A Child. The film sees a wife and husband arrive on the
island of Almazora that for some strange reason is devoid of adult
inhabitants. After witnessing the murder of an elderly man at the
hands of a young girl, the couple find themselves on the run from a
pack of crazed children bent on vengeance. To further complicate
matters the woman is pregnant with a child that seems to have
murderous intentions of its own.
The nightmare begins with the kids next door.
As if it weren't odd enough that there were three
children born in 1971 on the same date, at the same time, and in the
same hospital, there also happened to be a bizarre astrological event
taking place (an eclipse which blocked Saturn) that left the kids
without feelings or a conscience. Flash-forward ten years and the
kids have grown to be sinister, manipulative brats who embark on a
killing spree that coincides with their birthdays. Parents, teachers,
siblings, police officers, and horny teenagers are all victimized in
ways that either look accidental, or can easily be blamed on someone
other than the children. The only hope of stopping these miniature
terrors lies with two neighborhood kids who are having a tough time
finding anyone to believe that these cute, seemingly innocent,
moppets are actually homicidal maniacs.
Children of the Corn (1984)
In their world, adults are not allowed... to live.
The children of Gatlin, Nebraska are stricken with a
form of religious fervor which leads to the killing of the town's
adult population. At the core of this mania is a sinister child
preacher named Isaac (John Franklin) and his malevolent henchman
Malachai (Courtney Gains) who do their bidding for a demonic entity
known as "He who walks behind the rows". Fear keeps the younger
children in line and any adult outsiders who have the misfortune of
wandering into this Midwestern nightmare are either killed outright,
or taken to the fields to be used as sacrifice. Based on a short
story by Stephen King, this one will forever change the way you look
The Children (2008)
You brought them into this world. Now... they will take
Director Tom Shankland helps keep the killer kid flick
alive in the new millennium with this tale of two families who come
together for the holidays only to have their children turn against
them due to an unknown virus. As the unspecified infection spreads
amongst the kids, they progressively become more and more violent,
throwing tantrums and lashing out at the parents in violent fashion.
Things turn nasty when one of the adults are killed in a bloody
sledding "accident" that involves a deadly gardening tool and a
child's wagon. From that point on the parents must wage a battle for
survival against their own kids which takes the question
posed by Who Can Kill a Child to even greater extremes.
What are some of your favorite groups of spooky children? Discuss in the comments!