Creepy kids are kind of a horror movie staple, and indeed, we’ve already featured one in Monster of the Day. This example still holds up, though. I remember how disappointed I was when I saw John Carpenter’s remake (a mere six months after the release of the first film of his, In the Mouth of Madness, that I have loved in a long time). I can’t ever remember seeing a more useless film. The attempts to broaden the story didn’t work. And it made me realize how many mind-control movies there had been since the original came out. Lastly, kids were expected to be polite and more, well, aware of their place back in the day, which made the children here really spooky. Nowadays you expect kids to act out…hell, you see it every day out in public…so the kids acting like monsters in the remake didn’t offer the same frisson.