Kids amaze me. How is it that there’s no sound greater than a baby laughing, yet nothing creepier than a small child in a horror movie? Whether they’re reading some demented version of a children’s fable or just standing in the middle of a hallway, a scary child is the number one indicator that I will not be seeing a movie. But somehow, all I want to do outside of the movie theater is look at adorable pictures of Prince George and North West (preferably together). I don’t know what it is about babies, but I can tell you when my fear of horror movie kids started.
I’ll give you a hint: Redrum.
I think I was in middle school when I first saw The Shining, and I still remember how my brother would chase me around for weeks afterward saying “Redrum” just to scare me. Oddly enough, The Shining is probably my favorite horror film, and one of the few that I’ve seen more than once. I even visited the real Stanley Hotel in Colorado with a friend to see if we had any “experiences.” Spoiler: We did, and it was terrifying.
There’s one specific part in the movie that’s always stuck with me and probably always will: Those twins. Children are my deal breaker (in scary movies, not life), and I told that to my friends when we visited The Stanley Hotel. I was all about having some good ghostly encounters, but if I turned the corner (preferably while riding a tricycle) and saw two twin girls, I was out of there. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. But whenever I’m alone in a long hallway — no matter the location — I still get spooked thinking that they might show up.
And recently, I discovered that the actors who played the twins in The Shining have their own Twitter account. So in honor of both National Sibling Day and Throwback Thursday, here’s what they looked like in 1980:
And here’s what they look like now:
After all that discussion, and despite the evidence above, I’m still convinced that they’re actually eight years old and are going to show up in a hallway and kill me one of these days. Or even worse, they’ll just stand there and stare at me.
Which movie children scared you the most? (Bonus points if they’re siblings!)