41 of horror's creepiest kids haunt a spooky 2-1/2 min supercut

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

Tiny, twisted humans have always been one of the sharpest weapons in the horror filmmaker's arsenal, and this two-and-a-half minute survey—which plucks characters from The Exorcist, Let The Right One In and Children of the Corn—shows us exactly why.

It's hard-wired into our biology to love our children ... and to be doubly repulsed by them when they've gone bad. And, boy, has horror ever given us children who've gone bad. German filmmaker Peter Schneider offers a sampler platter of the worst of the worst:

Here are the films Schneider pulled from: The Exorcist, The Omen, Village of the Damned, The Shining, The Orphanage, Orphan, Halloween (2007), The Good Son, Dorothy Mills, The Bad Seed, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Innocents, The House by the Cemetery, Repulsion, The Others, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Ju-on, Ringu, The Devil's Backbone, Let the Right One in, The Woman in Black, The Dark, The Grudge, Silent Hill, Pet Sematary, Trick 'r' Treat, Halloween, Alice, Sweet Alice, Spider Baby, Let Me In, Who Can Kill a Child?, Children of the Corn, Eden Lake, The Other, Firestarter, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3: Leatherface, Vinyan, Offspring, Deliverance, Cabin Fever.

(Via The Daily What)