dreadful a- z of Horror
Penny’s monthly dictionary of doom
K is for... K IDS Who Can Kill A Child?
( Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, 1976)
Harrowing Spanish chiller where a smug British couple are terrorised on a remote island by feral little darlings. Packed with unforgettable imagery including one traumatising scene involving a human piñata. See also Come And Play, Vinyan, The Children and Children Of The Corn.
Village Of The Damned
( Wolf Rilla, 1960)
Buttoned down, nightmarish adap of John Wyndham’s The Midwich Cuckoos where a village is overrun by platinum- haired, angel‑faced tyrants of unknown paternity when all the women of childbearing age simultaneously fall pregnant. Remade in 1995 by John Carpenter with Christopher Reeve starring.
( Jack Clayton, 1961)
Gorgeous, chilling adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn Of The Screw, where a skittish governess takes charge of two angelic children who seem to be under the influence of the ghosts of two former servants. Themes of sex, masculinity and insanity abound – haunting, important and open to endless interpretations.
( Jaume Collet- Serra, 2009)
Flawed but original and undeniably freakish fable about a family who take in an orphan girl who turns out to be, um, something else. Collet- Serra went on to make ludicrous Liam Neeson actioners Unknown and Non- Stop, while super- talented young star Isabelle Fuhrman bagged a role in The Hunger Games and is set to appear in new Stephen King adap Cell.