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A Brief History of Evil Kids in Horror Movies

Though Halloween mandates that we appease them with buckets of candy, it’s important to remember the truth about children: They’re evil. This message has been trumpeted by horror movies for decades, and Defamer’s deft history of the wicked-kid genre is a timely reminder to never trust the young killers-to-be roaming the earth.  

The video traces the evil child trope back to 1956’s The Bad Seed, but with Orphan, Cooties, and We Need to Talk About Kevin all hitting theaters in the past few years, it would seem that the theme is more popular—and terrifying—than ever.