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Halloween Countdown, Day 8

I have a couple of Halloween-related links to share with you today:

* If you would like a daily dose of music every single day of October - and who wouldn't? - be sure to visit Melodrama. I've been thoroughly enjoying the selections, which are nicely eerie and spooky and Halloween-relevant but not the same standards you've already heard a million times.

* On the latest PotterCast, the podcast of the Leaky Cauldron, I join the wonderful Potter Pundits as a special guest to discuss the relationship of Gothic literature to the Harry Potter universe. Our spooky segment begins 31 minutes into the show, and you can listen to/download the podcast here. This is the first half of a two-part discussion, and I'll post again when the second half goes live.


Now it's poll time again! Here's another Halloween-related question to ponder. There is a long tradition of spooky child characters in film and television. Who is the creepiest of them all?

Poll #1468124 Creepiest Fictional Child from Film & Television

Who is the creepiest fictional child from film and television? (You may choose more than one if you like.)

Rhoda Penmark from The Bad Seed (1956)
2(6.9%)
The children from Village of the Damned (1960)
1(3.4%)
Anthony Fremont in "It's A Good Life"/"It's Still A Good Life" from The Twilight Zone (1961/2003)
2(6.9%)
Karen Cooper in Night of the Living Dead (1968)
0(0.0%)
Rosemary's baby from Rosemary's Baby (1968)
0(0.0%)
Regan Teresa MacNeil from The Exorcist (1973)
1(3.4%)
Damien Thorn from The Omen (1976)
2(6.9%)
The mutated babies from The Brood (1979)
0(0.0%)
The children from The Children (1980)
0(0.0%)
The Grady daughters from The Shining (1980)
2(6.9%)
Carol Anne Freeling from Poltergeist (1982)
0(0.0%)
Isaac Chroner from Children of the Corn (1984)
0(0.0%)
Charlie McGee from Firestarter (1984)
1(3.4%)
Robin Maxwell's baby from V: The Final Battle (1984)
0(0.0%)
Henry Evans from The Good Son (1993)
1(3.4%)

Cont'd

Eve 9 and Eve 10 in "Eve" from The X-Files (1993)
0(0.0%)
Claudia from Interview with the Vampire (1994)
4(13.3%)
Kyra Collins from The Sixth Sense (1999)
0(0.0%)
Anne and Nicholas Stewart from The Others (2001)
0(0.0%)
Samara Morgan from The Ring (2002)
2(6.7%)
Tommy Ferguson from Miracles (2003)
0(0.0%)
Maia Skouris and Isabelle Tyler from The 4400 (2004-2007)
0(0.0%)
Takeo from The Grudge (2004)
3(10.0%)
Jamie in "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" from Doctor Who (2005)
5(16.7%)
Tomás from The Orphanage (2007)
0(0.0%)
Lilith from Supernatural (2008)
0(0.0%)
Abby from Knowing (2009)
0(0.0%)
Esther from The Orphan (2009)
0(0.0%)
Another not listed (see my answer to the next question below)
1(3.3%)
Fear the evil spawn of the ticky boxes!
2(6.7%)

The creepiest fictional child wasn't listed above. He/She is...



Spooky Text of the Day: Today's text is the poem "The Phantom-Wooer" by Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849).

A ghost, that loved a lady fair,
Ever in the starry air
Of midnight at her pillow stood;
And, with a sweetness skies above
The luring words of human love,
Her soul the phantom wooed.
Sweet and sweet is their poisoned note,
The little snakes' of silver throat,
In mossy skulls that nest and lie,
Ever singing "die, oh! die."

Young soul put off your flesh, and come
With me into the quiet tomb,
Our bed is lovely, dark, and sweet;
The earth will swing us, as she goes,
Beneath our coverlid of snows,
And the warm leaden sheet.
Dear and dear is their poisoned note,
The little snakes' of silver throat,
In mossy skulls that nest and lie,
Ever singing "die, oh! die."

Comments

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travels_in_time
Oct. 8th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
I never saw the Twilight Zone version of "It's a Good Life", but I read the short story it was based on, and it FREAKED ME THE HECK OUT.
xanath
Oct. 8th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
I read the story before I saw the Twilight Zone episode. Trust me--it's very faithful to the text, and it is CREEPY.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
I agree - it's very faithful to the story. And creepy!!! Anthony (in both eps) is played beautifully by Billy Mumy, Will Robinson of Lost in Space fame.
peadarog
Oct. 8th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I think my poll answer has been unfairly influenced by the picture you posted!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I've been accused of vote-tampering with my own poll! \0/
peadarog
Oct. 9th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
I think we need to call in the supreme court here...
gilda_elise
Oct. 8th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
I's have to go with Rhonda Penmark because she didn't need any sort of special powers or mutation to be creepy...she just was!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
Excellent point!
sittingduck1313
Oct. 8th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Jamie of course. Small wonder all the Hugos Doctor Who has won were for episodes written by Steven Moffat, the Master of Mindf*** (for proof of that title, check out his miniseries Jekyll, particularly the epilogue).

As regards Harry Potter and Gothic literature, I found that certain parts of Chamber of Secrets bore a striking resemblance to the H.P. Lovecraft short story The Rats in the Walls.
euclase
Oct. 8th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
The little boy from The Devil's Backbone!

Wow, your poll is really great. Except some of them are just plain sad as opposed to creepy. And Anne and Nicholas were adorable.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Ack! How could I forget Santi?!?! Augh.

Except some of them are just plain sad as opposed to creepy.

I see your point.

Poor Anne and Nicholas... :(
izhilzha
Oct. 12th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
That's his name! I couldn't remember, to put in the text box. Santi = very creepy.
groovekittie
Oct. 8th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
"Are you my mummy?"

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Freaked me out!

And the Ring! *trembles* That movie gave me the heebie jeebies like you wouldn't believe!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
"Are you my mummy?"
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Freaked me out!


Me, too! And no matter how many times I watch it, it still freaks me out.

And the Ring! *trembles*

When she started crawling out of the TV screen? Oh yeah.
mamomo
Oct. 8th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Some of the scariest horror movies, to me, are the ones with creepy kids. I'd add The Unborn the list - there's a scene with the dybbuk (demon) child and a mirror that freaked me out.

I love that poem. It was creepy but also really pretty.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the recommendation - you're quite right, The Unborn should've been on the list. Good catch.

I'm so glad you liked the poem, too!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Ack! I'm totally convinced. \0/
cookiefleck
Oct. 9th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I love Eraserhead. *sighs*

I just thought of another creepy movie child, although it's not really the child's fault. The hallucination of the baby crawling on the ceiling in Trainspotting. Another favorite film. OMG, that baby, though...
vyrdolak
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
I don't think it was ever adapted for television, but have you ever read Orson Scott Card's "Eumenides in the Fifth-Floor Lavatory"? Those were some scary babies. Supposedly the editor it was originally submitted to was unable to finish reading it.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Yikes! I haven't read that one. Clearly that needs to go on my "must read" list.
vyrdolak
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Not Lavatory Reading
I know it's in one of the Marvin Kaye-edited anthologies. I thought I had it but I can't find it on the shelf.
mackiedockie
Oct. 9th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Kenny from Highlander was pretty creepy, but technically not a child, I suppose, just frozen in that body.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 9th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, good point! He should've been on the list.
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