Where cult horror film child stars are now – from unrecognizable glow-up to shock road rage attack and Beckham romance


ALL kids can be troublesome from time to time, but these tiny terrors are the stuff of nightmares.

You’ll likely remember the demonic faces of these child stars from horror movies like The Exorcist and The Ring – but what happened to the little terrors after the cameras stopped rolling?

Isabelle Fuhrman is reprising her role as creepy Esther in the upcoming Orphan sequel

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Isabelle Fuhrman is reprising her role as creepy Esther in the upcoming Orphan sequelCredit: Alamy/Getty Images
Isabelle shared this snap of her reprising her role

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Isabelle shared this snap of her reprising her roleCredit: Instagram

This week it was revealed US star Isabelle Fuhrman, who played eerie 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 kid without any CGI or de-ageing effects because “that’s never historically been done in cinema”.

After her acclaimed performance in Orphan, Isabelle landed the role of Clove in the blockbuster The Hunger Games trilogy, working alongside Jennifer Lawrence.

She also played rebellious teen Tessa in the TV series Masters of Sex, aged 18, and Alex Dall in the indie film The Novice.

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Isabelle has undergone quite the glam transformation, sporting platinum blonde hair and regularly sharing sexy swimwear shots to Instagram.

Here we reveal what the other child stars from scary movies who caused us to hide behind our popcorn are up to now.

Daveigh Chase – The Ring

American actress Daveigh Chase, 32, was just 12 years old when she played Samara, the vengeful spirit and zombie girl in The Ring.

Daveigh Chase looks a world away from her role in The Ring as a kid

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Daveigh Chase looks a world away from her role in The Ring as a kidCredit: Rex Shutterstock

She was best known for eerily climbing out of TV sets and brutally murdering her victims back in 2002.

The film kick-started her career as she continued acting, voicing Lilo in the Disney hit Lilo & Stitch, before going on to star in Donnie Darko and HBO series Big Love.

Controversy hit, however, in 2017 when she was detained by police in LA after allegedly leaving a dying man in a car outside a hospital before fleeing in the early hours of the morning.

Police sources claimed she’d been hanging out with the man in the hours before he died.

Multiple brushes with the law followed, including a felony charge for allegedly joyriding in a stolen car, and two misdemeanour charges including drug possession.

Linda Blair – The Exorcist

Linda Blair played creepy Regan in The Exorcist

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Linda Blair played creepy Regan in The ExorcistCredit: Getty Images

American actress Linda Blair’s disturbing performance as Regan in The Exorcist continues to shock audiences today, with Rotten Tomatoes voting it the scariest movie ever in 2020.

Priests even stood outside of cinemas when the blockbuster was released in 1974, while audience members left cinemas throwing up and fainting.

Blair, now 63, won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and was also nominated for an Oscar after her convincing portrayal, despite only being 13.

Linda continued to frighten audiences, starring in more horror film classics including Wes Craven’s Scream.

Aged 15, Linda dated the first of a string of rock stars, Rick Springfield – then 25.

At 18, Linda was arrested as part of a drugs investigation. Her punishment including making 12 major public appearances warning young people about the dangers of drug abuse.

A passionate animal welfare campaigner, she founded the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation in 2004.

Lisa and Louise Burns – The Shining

The Shining twins are now on Cameo

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The Shining twins are now on CameoCredit: Rex Features/Photoshot

The Grady Twins from 1980 flick The Shining are an iconic horror duo, played by real life siblings Lisa and Louise Burns, who were just 12 years old at the time.

The Burns sisters, now in their 50s, chose not to pursue a career in acting, but 42 years on they often share titbits of memorabilia on their joint Twitter and Instagram accounts under the handle @the_shining_twins.

It’s been 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

Haley was in a car crash in 2006

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Haley was in a car crash in 2006Credit: Universal/Getty Images

LA-born Haley, now 34, became a household name overnight after he starred in 90s classic The Sixth Sense alongside Bruce Willis.

He is best known for his famous delivery of the line “I see dead people” and he received a Golden Globe nomination.

In 2006, a shock car accident left Haley with a fractured rib and injured shoulder. He reportedly lost control of his car while drunk and was charged for driving under the influence and drug possession.

However, after graduating from New York’s Tisch School of Arts in 2011, Haley relaunched his career.

He recently appeared in TV shows The Boys and Goliath on Amazon Prime, as well as films Sex Ed and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

In 2020 he admitted he grew a beard to “try to hide in public”.

Chloe Grace Moretz – The Amityville Horror

Chloe famously had a romance with Brooklyn Beckham

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Chloe famously had a romance with Brooklyn Beckham

Chloe Grace Moretz became a star overnight after her portrayal of Chelsea Lutz in The Amityville Horror when she was just seven.

Moretz admitted to loving “the darkness” of the horror genre as she went on to play the lead role in the 2013 remake of Stephen King’s Carrie.

The successful actress, now 25, is known for having a luxurious lifestyle and famously dated Brooklyn Beckham on-off between 2014 and 2018.

Bizarrely, Chloe ignited a feud with Khloe Kardashian in 2016, after she called out the reality star for having a pop at Taylor Swift.

Chloe also criticsed Kim Kardashian for posting a nude selfie, tweeting: “I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies.”

Harvey Stephens – The Omen

Harvey ended up in trouble with the law in 2017

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Harvey ended up in trouble with the law in 2017

Brit actor Harvey Stephens, now 51, became world famous at just four years old after playing antichrist child Damien Thorn in The Omen.

His performance as the spawn of Satan earned him a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Acting Debut back in 1976.

After deciding that Hollywood was really not for him, he lived a fairly normal life, most recently working as a property developer.

He hit the headlines in 2017 when he was handed a 12-month suspended sentence for attacking two cyclists in a road rage incident.

He admitted to two counts of ABH and also causing criminal damage.

Milly Shapiro – Hereditary

Milly is now a famous TikTok star

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Milly is now a famous TikTok starCredit: Rex Shutterstock

Milly Shapiro, 20, left fans unsettled after her debut on screen role in Ari Aster’s Hereditary.

She wasn’t a stranger to acting, after previously starring as the lead in the Broadway production of Matilda the Musical, for which she won a Tony Award in 2013.

The actor-singer is known more recently as a TikTok celebrity, with her videos racking up a whopping total of 14.1 million likes.

Ty Simpkins – Insidious

Ty is currently focused on studying

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Ty is currently focused on studyingCredit: Rex Shutterstock

American actor Ty, now 20, starred in the paranormal thriller Insidious back in 2010, playing a young boy possessed by supernatural demons.

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He has assembled 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 whilst he continues his studies.

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