Where are the child stars of cult horror movies now – from the unrecognizable Glow to the road rage attack and the romance of Beckham
ALL children can be awkward from time to time, but those little terrors are nightmares.
You’ll probably remember the demonic faces of those child stars from horror films like The Exorcist and The Ring – but what happened to the little terrors after the cameras stopped rolling?
This week it was revealed that American star Isabelle Fuhrman, who played nine-year-old Esther in the 2009 horror film Orphan, will reprise her role in the upcoming sequel Orphan: First Kill.
Now 25, she said she “loved the challenge” of playing a child without CGI or de-aging effects because “it’s never been done in film.”
After her acclaimed performance in Orphan, Isabelle landed the role of Clove in the hit trilogy The Hunger Games, alongside Jennifer Lawrence.
She also played rebellious teenager Tessa in the 18-year-old TV series Masters of Sex and Alex Dall in the independent film The Novice.
Isabelle has undergone quite a glamorous transformation, sporting platinum blonde hair and regularly sharing sexy swimsuit snaps on Instagram.
Here, we reveal what the other child horror movie stars who made us hide behind our popcorn are so far.
Daveigh Chase – The Ring
American actress Daveigh Chase, 32, was just 12 when she played Samara, the vengeful spirit and zombie girl in The Ring.
She was best known for creeping out of televisions and brutally murdering her victims in 2002.
The film launched her career as she continued acting, voicing Lilo in the Disney hit Lilo & Stitch, before starring in Donnie Darko and the HBO series Big Love.
Controversy erupted in 2017, however, when she was arrested by police in Los Angeles after allegedly leaving a dying man in a car outside a hospital before fleeing in the early hours of the morning.
Law enforcement sources claimed she hung out with the man in the hours leading up to his death.
Several run-ins with the law followed, including a felony charge for allegedly riding in a stolen car and two misdemeanor charges, including drug possession.
Linda Blair – The Exorcist
American actress Linda Blair’s unsettling performance as Regan in The Exorcist continues to shock audiences today, with Rotten Tomatoes voting it the scariest movie of all time of 2020.
Priests even stood outside cinemas when the blockbuster was released in 1974, while moviegoers left cinemas vomiting and fainting.
Blair, now 63, won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and was also nominated for an Oscar after her compelling performance, despite being just 13.
Linda continued to scare audiences, starring in other horror movie classics, including Wes Craven’s Scream.
Aged 15, Linda dated the first of a series of rock stars, Rick Springfield – then 25.
At 18, Linda was arrested in connection with a drug investigation. His punishment includes 12 major public appearances warning young people of the dangers of drug addiction.
A passionate animal welfare activist, she founded the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation in 2004.
Lisa and Louise Burns – The Shining
The Grady Twins from the 1980 film The Shining are an iconic horror duo, played by real-life siblings Lisa and Louise Burns, who were just 12 at the time.
The Burns sisters, now in their 50s, chose not to pursue acting careers, but 42 years later they often share memories on their joint Twitter and Instagram accounts under the handle @the_shining_twins.
It was reported that Lisa is a lawyer and Louise is a published scientist.
The twins are also on Cameo, where fans can buy a creepy Shining-inspired video message for £103.
Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense
Los Angeles-born Haley, now 34, became a household name overnight after starring in the 90s classic The Sixth Sense alongside Bruce Willis.
He is best known for his famous performance of the line “I see dead people” and he received a Golden Globe nomination.
In 2006, a crash car accident left Haley with a fractured rib and an injured shoulder. He reportedly lost control of his car while drunk and was charged with driving under the influence and possession of drugs.
However, after graduating from the Tisch School of Arts in New York in 2011, Haley relaunched her career.
He recently appeared in The Boys and Goliath TV shows on Amazon Prime, as well as Sex Ed and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile movies.
In 2020, he admitted he grew a beard to “try to hide in public”.
Chloe Grace Moretz – The Amityville Horror
Chloe Grace Moretz became an overnight star after her portrayal of Chelsea Lutz in The Amityville Horror when she was just seven years old.
Moretz admitted to loving the “darkness” of the horror genre as she starred in the 2013 remake of Stephen King’s Carrie.
The successful actress, now 25, is known for her luxurious lifestyle and her famous relationship with Brooklyn Beckham between 2014 and 2018.
Bizarrely, Chloe sparked a feud with Khloe Kardashian in 2016, after she called out the reality star for popping Taylor Swift.
Chloe also slammed Kim Kardashian for posting a nude selfie, tweeting, “I really hope you realize how important it is for young women to set goals, teaching them that we have so much more to offer than our body.”
Harvey Stephens – The Omen
British actor Harvey Stephens, now 51, shot to world fame aged just four after playing child antichrist Damien Thorn in The Omen.
His performance as Satan’s Spawn earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor Debut in 1976.
After deciding that Hollywood really wasn’t for him, he lived a pretty normal life, most recently working as a real estate developer.
He made headlines in 2017 when he received a 12-month suspended prison sentence for attacking two cyclists during a road rage incident.
He admitted two counts of ABH and also caused criminal damage.
Milly Shapiro – Hereditary
Milly Shapiro, 20, threw fans off after her screen debut in Ari Aster’s Hereditary.
She was no stranger to acting, having starred in the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical, for which she won a Tony Award in 2013.
The actress-singer has become known as a TikTok celebrity more recently, with her videos racking up an impressive total of 14.1 million likes.
Ty Simpkins – Insidious
American actor Ty, now 20, starred in the 2010 paranormal thriller Insidious, playing a young boy possessed by supernatural demons.
He’s amassed an impressive resume since, appearing in huge blockbusters Jurassic World, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Endgame.
Simpkins began attending San Diego State University in 2020 and has since kept a low profile while continuing his education.