Fresh new actress Sterling Jerins is already making a name for herself in the horror genre, with appearances in World War Z and The Conjuring. Now she’s signed up to Dark Places, to play a young Charlize Theron in the story of a woman whose family was murdered when she was a child. She believed that her brother was responsible, but now that she’s an adult, she’s faced with the Kill Club, a group obsessed with infamous crimes, to find out what really happened. It’s not what you might expect.

Children in horror films are a common theme and there’s something extra scary about a young character performing dark deeds. Here’s a pick of some of the best horror films with frightening children in them.

5. Sinister

Starring Ethan Hawke, Sinister tells the story of a crime writer, Ellison Oswalt (Hawke) moving into a house where a family were slaughtered with the exception of one daughter, who disappeared without trace. Hoping to discover something new about the story to relaunch his career, what he finds instead is something much more disturbing and, well, sinister.

The film was inspired by The Ring and Willy Wonka after writer C Robert Cargill had a nightmare after seeing The Ring. The vision in his dream of a movie of a family being hanged became the basis of the plot, with the original concept being that the evil monster would be a new twist on the Bogeyman, called Mr Boogie. However, during development, it was decided that in order for the creature to be scary, they needed to move away from Willy Wonka and more towards a ghoulish, freakish character. It was decided to make the creature a pagan god so that it wouldn’t be constricted to any one religion.

The film was generally well received, although different versions of the trailer impacted on audience’s enjoyment – some versions effectively gave the main twist away, turning what is a fast paced, creepy horror into something more run of the mill and clichéd.

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