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Where Are They Now? The Kids of Horror Flicks

Child stars get a tough rap. With headline-grabbing trainwrecks like Lindsay Lohan and the kids from Differn't Strokes, it's not surprising that kids in the spotlight have a tough time of it. Some make it through without any major missteps; others shun the spotlight all together. We take a look at five horror kids - and where they are now.

John Franklin - Isaac in Children of the Corn (1984)

As Isaac in Children of the Corn, John Franklin (then in his 20s) played the leader of a cult of kids who believed that adults needed to be sacrificed to "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" in order to ensure a bountiful harvest. This was John's first feature role. He had a smattering of roles since that first film in 1984, most notably as Cousin Itt in the 1990s Addams Family films. He returned to The Corn in the 6th film, appropriately subtitled Isaac's Return - a film which he also wrote. After 9/11, John left showbiz to become a teacher. "I saw the shallowness of showbiz and felt a great desire to leave a greater legacy than just being Cousin Itt. Teaching seemed to be a perfect fit for my theatrical talents and to touch many lives." John currently teaches English, Shakespeare, and screenwriting in Southern California. He has gone back to his given name, John Salapatek.

Danny Lloyd - Danny in The Shining (1980)

At six years old, Danny Lloyd was selected for the role of Danny in The Shining because of his "ability to concentrate for extended periods of time." Other than a small role as the young G. Gordon Liddy in a made-for-TV biopic a couple years later, Danny has not done any other films. He never wanted to be an actor. Now going by Dan Lloyd, he teaches biology in a Kentucky community college. Students seem to like him - they find him a "cool" and "knowledgeable" teacher, but they know not to ask him about The Shining. He doesn't like to talk about it, and generally shuns the limelight, only making rare public appearances for the film for charity.

Harvey Stephens - Damien in The Omen (1976)

The British-born Harvey was only four when Richard Donner cast him as the antichrist, Damien. Aside from a cameo in 2006's The Omen remake, he has shied away from entertainment, instead choosing a career in finance and property development in the UK. He occasionally makes appearances at horror conventions.

Daveigh Chase - Samara in The Ring (2002)

Playing the evil ghost of a drowned child was not Daveigh's first film, nor would it be her last. The role of Samara came when Daveigh was 12 years old, though she began her career at age 8. Prior to The Ring, Daveigh voiced Lilo in Disney's Lilo & Stitch, as well as Chihiro in the English-language version of Spirited Away. Horror fans will likely recognize her as Samantha Darko, the younger sister in Donnie Darko. She later reprised the role in the sequel, S. Darko. Her biggest role to date was as a manipulative Mormon child bride in HBO's Big Love. Daveigh still acts and sings, with roles this year in Nick Cassavetes's Yellow and the upcoming thriller Prettyface.

Alex Vincent - Andy Barclay in Child's Play (1988)

Alex got the role of Andy, the little boy whose Good Guys doll is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer, when he was age 7. It was his first role. He appeared in the sequel, and had small roles in a couple other films. His experience in 1993's My Family Treasure was not a good one, and he quit acting - but not entertainment. Alex is currently working as a sound engineer. He has published several books of poetry, and is working on a few screenplays. Unlike most child stars, he embraces his early fame by making public appearances at horror conventions and selling autographed merchandise on his website.