Feature: Children with Superpowers

To celebrate the home entertainment release of Midnight Special, we’re taking a look at some of the most fascinating films that portray children with superhuman, god-like powers. Science fiction films have a tendency to cause the brain to wonder about the things in the world we cannot yet fully understand – as voyeurs we watch but do not completely understand the reality of the characters and their supernatural natures. Left curious, we ponder the 10 best films featuring children with superpowers:


  1. Fury The Fury (1978)

An ex government agent is determined to come to his son’s rescue when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbour his extremely powerful psychic abilities. Starring Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, and Carrie Snodgress.






2. firestarterFirestarter (1984)

A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic. Naturally, the government takes a great interest in the child who cannot control her powers. Starring Drew Barrymore, David Keith, and Freddie Jones




starman3. Starman (1984)

After a young woman is windowed, an alien from a galaxy far beyond and far more advanced than our own inhabits her late husband’s body. In an attempt to meet a deadline they embark on a journey but encounter many difficulties with the government on their heels. Starring Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, and Charles Martin Smith



Hancockposter4. Hancock (2008)

An ill-tempered and badly behaved superhuman seeks help to improve his public image after causing damage in the millions. Starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron, and Jason Bateman








  1. Looper_posterLooper (2012)

In 2074, the mob sends the people they want to get rid of back in time to be assassinated by the ‘Loopers’. Although the film focuses on crime and action, at the heart of the film lies a super-powered child whose parents will do anything to protect him. Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt






6.  shiningtwins1The Shining (1980)

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter when their psychic son begins to see foreboding from the past and the future. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and Danny Lloyd




  1. 6th SenseThe Sixth Sense (1999)

A boy who can communicate with spirits begins to worry and seeks out the help of a child psychologist. Starring Bruce Willis Haley Joel Osment, and Toni Collette





Giver8. The Giver (2014)

In a seemingly perfect community, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and please of the “real” world by giving him an extraordinary gift. Starring Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, and Meryl Streep







9. Donnie Darko (2001)

DarkoA teenager plagued with visions of a large bunny rabbit is manipulated to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.







Midnight special10. Midnight Special

Roy (Shannon) is a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son in this genre-defying thriller, which proves once again that director Jeff Nichols is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time.

As father and son go on the run, an intense chase ensues as they are hunted down by a mysterious cult and a clandestine government agency – the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event.



Midnight Special is out now on Digital and Blu-ray & DVD on Monday 8th August.




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