Naomi Watts Is A Magnet For Weird, Creepy Kids
Naomi Watts has had a tremendous film career spanning more than 30 years, which now allows her to choose less mainstream, more artistic passion projects. But before she made it as a Hollywood star, she had to make a living by dealing with super weird, super creepy kids, like some kind of horror movie babysitter.
One of Watts' earliest roles was in the straight-to-video schlock fest Children Of The Corn IV: The Gathering, which can most generously be described as a movie that came out in 1996. There, Watts played Grace, a medical student fighting a demonic child preacher whose magic takes over the minds of the local kids and turns them into homicidal monsters. Grace ends up defeating the preacher by showering him in mercury while the audience desperately hopes that Blockbuster offers refunds.
From then on, it seemed like Watts was trying to cinematically talk herself out of ever having kids, although she now has two, so, you know, that's awkward. In 2002, she starred in the American remake of The Ring, in which she battled a demonic ghost child killing people via a cursed videotape. Sorry, I guess I should explain that for younger readers: See, before Earth turned into Hellworld, dying was something that people wanted to avoid. Watts played the same role in The Ring 2, and after that things went quiet on the creepy kid front ... or so we thought.
She never truly escaped this curse, as we see in 2016's Shut In. Here she plays the stepmother of a disturbed kid who gets into an accident and pretends to be in a vegetative state for six months so he can be closer to her. While this is happening, ANOTHER kid is living in Watts' crawlspace, turning Shut In into one of the greatest birth control methods ever.