Have you ever wondered why horror movies with kids in them are so much more creepy?
Movies like The Shining, The Others, The Omen, Poltergeist, The Ring and many others all center around children. Personally, this makes the movies scarier for me to watch. It always has. But kids in horror movies took on a different feel for me after I became a mom.
Before I had kids, it was more of a general creep factor. The small hands. The overall tininess. Now, it's hard for me to see anything happen to a small child. I keep thinking...that boy is so much like my son...the little girl reminds me of my daughter...what if it were one of my kids.
Good horror movies will grasp attention no matter the age or background of the audience. I suppose that's why scary movies with kids in them work so well. How about you? What's your big creep factor in a horror movie?