"Chronicle"—starring up-and-coming actors Dane DeHaan ("True Blood"), Alex Russell ("Almost Kings") and Michael Be. Jordan ("Friday Night Lights"—debuts on Blu-ray and DVD May 15. In "Chronicle," three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny telekinetic powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control as their darker sides begin to take over. What starts out as fun and games quickly becomes dangerous and they must face the inevitable question of whether they can handle the responsibility that comes with their remarkable powers.
The "Chronicle" boys find themselves with telekinetic powers after they investigate a hole in the woods. Of the three, Andrew is the most troubled, and as the film progresses, audiences see his darker side as he begins to use his powers for evil purposes. Like Andrew, there have been other disturbing young characters in cinematic history. In this feature, the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment people highlight some of the creepiest children featured in past films:
SAMARA — "THE RING"
Samara is the eight-year-old girl in "The Ring" who was pushed down a well by her adoptive mother. She died seven days later. To avenge her death, she created a video-tape so that the world may know of her suffering. However, those who watch the tape will die seven days later. Though she was quite innocent before she died, Samara is often seen with her long brown hair over her pale face, creating a haunting appearance, in addition to the moldy color her skin has turn to.
REGAN MACNEIL — "THE EXORCIST"
In "The Exorcist," 12-year-old Regan MacNeil becomes possessed by a demon and is brought to an exorcist. Though at first, her mother and doctors think she’s just suffering from changes related to puberty, it turns out to be more serious than that as Regan begins to talk in weird languages and in one of the creepiest moments on screen, Regan spins her head while levitating on air and then proceeds to do a spider-walk down a flight of stairs.
HENRY EVANS — "THE GOOD SON"
Henry Evans of "The Good Son" is your stereotypical innocent looking child but is actually really cunning and evil. Henry is the 12-year-old cousin Mark Evans. When Mark’s dad goes to a business trip in Japan, he leaves Mark to Henry’s parents’ care and discovers that his young cousin may not be as friendly as he seems. When he’s not busy fooling his parents into thinking he’s just another 12-year old boy, he’s causing raucous by shooting animals with a nail gun, causing car accidents with the help of a dummy named Mr. Highway and even attempting to murder his own sister.
CARRIE WHITE — "CARRIE"
In Stephen King's "Carrie," Carrie White is a shy, friendless teenaged girl who is abused by her unstable Christian fundamentalist mother Margaret, and frequent victim to the cruel girls at her high school. She might have held it together were it not for one especially horrible prank at the school prom where Carrie infamously lashes out with a horrifying display of her telekinetic powers. In this age of greater awaremess of bullying, it might do some of us well to recall Carrie’s special brand of punishment for her torturers.