Actor: Danny Lloyd
Creepiest moment: “Redrum”
It’s a tall order to be the scariest actor in a movie that also stars Jack Nicholson, but Danny Lloyd’s schizophrenic performance as the young Danny Torrance in The Shining is just so unsettling that even big Jack is left in the dust. Ironically, Danny is pretty quiet throughout the entire movie; it’s only in quick flashes of madness do we see the depths of how disturbed he is.
Whether he’s speaking in tongues or having visions of the brutal murders that have taken place at the Overlook Hotel from years past, Danny’s psychological trauma is front and center for all of us to see. Kubrick, being the master that he was, utilized quick cuts and extreme close-ups to make Lloyd’s performance one that will be hard to purge from your memory.