Revisit the Past: 23 Classic Horror Child Actors Then and Now!

People can change a lot in just a few years.


Especially in the early years. I mean children can change into a completely different person in just a year or so. While this change slows down as age goes on, there is no end to the transformation of a person. Well, that is what we wanted to see in these child actors from some of our favorite horror movies. From The Exorcist to recent ones like Orphan, there are many people that we need to get through.

And if you didn’t feel old already, these are bound to make you feel a little older than you actually are. I mean I didn’t even realize some of these movies came so many years ago, it just seems so recent and it is always a surprise to see the actors portraying these characters changing so much right in front of your eyes. 

You can see that for yourself by scrolling below.

  1. 1 John Franklin from Children of the Corn. (1984)

    John Franklin's portrayal of Isaac Chroner in "Children of the Corn" (1984) was both eerie and unforgettable. His captivating performance as the child cult leader still sends shivers down spines and remains a chilling highlight of this classic horror film.

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  3. 2 Linsey Haun from Village of the Damned. (1995)

    Linsey Haun's role as Mara Chaffee in "Village of the Damned" (1995) showcased her impressive acting skills, making her one of the standout child actors in this eerie sci-fi horror. Her performance added a layer of intrigue to the film, leaving a lasting impression on viewers.

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  5. 3 Daveigh Chase from The Ring. (2002)

    Daveigh Chase's portrayal of Samara Morgan in "The Ring" (2002) was hauntingly brilliant. Her chilling performance as the vengeful spirit created an atmosphere of dread and made Samara one of the most iconic horror characters of her generation.

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  7. 4 Linda Blair from The Exorcist. (1973)

    Linda Blair's role as Regan MacNeil in "The Exorcist" (1973) is a timeless example of exceptional child acting in the horror genre. Her intense and eerie portrayal of the possessed girl left an indelible mark on the world of horror cinema and continues to send shivers down the spines of viewers.

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  9. 5 Jodelle Ferlan from Silent Hill. (2006)

    Jodelle Ferland's portrayal of Sharon/Alessa in "Silent Hill" (2006) showcased her talent and added depth to this eerie psychological horror film. Her dual role as the enigmatic characters enhanced the mysterious and unsettling atmosphere, making her a standout presence in the movie.

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  11. 6 Emily Browning from Ghost Ship. (2002)

    Emily Browning's role as Katie Harwood in "Ghost Ship" (2002) was a memorable part of this supernatural horror film. Her performance added to the suspense and mystery, contributing to the eerie ambiance of the movie.

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  13. 7 Isabelle Fuhrman from Orphan. (2009)

    Isabelle Fuhrman's portrayal of Esther Coleman in "Orphan" (2009) was a standout performance in the psychological horror genre. Her role as a mysterious and chilling young girl added depth and intrigue to the film, making her character both captivating and unsettling.

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  15. 8 Miko Hughes from Pet Sematary. (1989)

    Miko Hughes' role as Gage Creed in "Pet Sematary" (1989) was a haunting and memorable performance that left an enduring mark on the horror genre. His portrayal of the young boy who returns from the grave was eerie and unsettling, adding to the film's spine-tingling atmosphere.

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  17. 9 Sissy Spacek from Carrie. (1976)

    Sissy Spacek's portrayal of Carrie White in "Carrie" (1976) is a legendary performance that remains a cornerstone of horror cinema. Her role as the telekinetic and tormented teenager brought depth and vulnerability to the character, making "Carrie" an enduring classic in the horror genre.

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  19. 10 Ivana Baquero from Pan’s Labyrinth. (2006)

    Ivana Baquero's role as Ofelia in "Pan's Labyrinth" (2006) was a remarkable and captivating performance. Her portrayal of the young girl caught in a dark and fantastical world added depth to the film's storytelling and made her character both endearing and courageous.

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  21. 11 Kirsten Dunst from Interview with the Vampire. (1994)

    Kirsten Dunst's role as Claudia in "Interview with the Vampire" (1994) was a standout performance that showcased her talent from a young age. Her portrayal of a child vampire added a unique and chilling dynamic to the film, leaving a lasting impression on viewers.

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  23. 12 Anna Sophia Robb from The Reaping. (2007)

    AnnaSophia Robb's role as Loren McConnell in "The Reaping" (2007) was a compelling and impactful performance in the supernatural horror genre. Her portrayal of the young girl caught in a series of eerie events added depth to the film and heightened the sense of mystery and suspense.

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  25. 13 Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick from The Omen. (2006)

    Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick's role as Damien Thorn in "The Omen" (2006) was a chilling and memorable performance. His portrayal of the young boy at the center of sinister events added a layer of dread to the film, making his character an iconic figure in the horror genre.

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  27. 14 Cody Dorkin from Village of the Damned. (1995)

    Cody Dorkin's role in "Village of the Damned" (1995) showcased his young talent in a film filled with eerie and mysterious events. His performance added to the suspense and intrigue of the movie, contributing to the overall unsettling atmosphere.

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  29. 15 Louide and Lisa Burns from The Shining. (1980)

    Louise and Lisa Burns' portrayal of the Grady Twins in "The Shining" (1980) left an unforgettable mark in the horror genre. Their chilling and identical presence added a unique layer of suspense and horror to the film, making them iconic figures in the world of cinematic fright.

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  31. 16 Dakota Fanning from Hide and Seek. (2005)

    Dakota Fanning's role as Emily Callaway in "Hide and Seek" (2005) was a standout performance in the psychological horror genre. Her portrayal of a young girl experiencing trauma added depth to the film's storytelling and made her character both compelling and enigmatic.

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  33. 17 Roger Princep from The Orphanage. (2007)

    Roger Princep's role as Simón in "The Orphanage" (2007) was a moving and memorable performance in the horror genre. His portrayal of the young boy with a connection to the supernatural events added depth to the film, contributing to the emotional and eerie atmosphere of the movie.

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  35. 18 Saoirse Ronan from Lovely Bones. (2009)

    Saoirse Ronan's role as Susie Salmon in "The Lovely Bones" (2009) was a powerful and emotionally charged performance. Her portrayal of the young girl in the afterlife added a poignant and haunting layer to the film, making her character both captivating and heart-wrenching.
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  37. 19 Christina Ricci from The Addams Family. (1991)

    Christina Ricci's role as Wednesday Addams in "The Addams Family" (1991) was iconic and delightfully dark. Her portrayal of the morbid and macabre young girl added a unique charm to the film and made Wednesday a beloved character in the world of dark comedy and horror.

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  39. 20 Chloe Grace Moretz from The Amityville Horror. (2005)

    Chloë Grace Moretz's role as Chelsea Lutz in "The Amityville Horror" (2005) showcased her young talent in a supernatural horror setting. Her performance added to the eerie and suspenseful atmosphere of the film, contributing to the sense of dread and mystery.

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  41. 21 Alex Vincent from Child’s Play. (1988)

    Alex Vincent's role as Andy Barclay in "Child's Play" (1988) was a memorable performance that brought depth to the horror genre. His portrayal of the young boy who encounters the malevolent Chucky doll added a sense of fear and tension to the film, making it a classic in the world of horror cinema.

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  43. 22 Junio Valverde from The Devil’s Backbone. (2001)

    Junió Valverde's role in "The Devil's Backbone" (2001) was a remarkable and emotionally charged performance in the horror genre. His portrayal of Carlos added depth to the film's storytelling and created a powerful connection with viewers, contributing to the overall haunting and evocative atmosphere of the movie.

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  45. 23 Johnny Depp from A Nightmare on Elm Street.

    Johnny Depp's early role as Glen Lantz in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984) marked the beginning of his successful acting career. His portrayal in this iconic horror film contributed to the suspenseful atmosphere, and Depp's talent would later propel him to Hollywood stardom.

    How have these actors changed in your mind? Comment down below and let us know.

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