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Creepy Commonalities - Scary Kids Scaring Kids

Ah, children. Innocent, pure, and incapable of corruptibility. Or so they say. As indicated before in the previous posts about the horror genre’s love for corrupting the sacred, there’s just something sickeningly enjoyable about seeing the traditionally harmless inflict the most evil. In the 1976 film The Omen, a young boy turns out to be the antichrist, unwittingly terrorizing his family in the process. It’s chilling to see someone so young and innocent be a force for evil mostly because it’s not something society traditionally associates with children. And once again, horror takes advantage of this vulnerability. Whether the idea of scary kids is the product of psychological projection by frustrated parents, we’ll never know. But one thing’s for sure: kids are creepy.