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9 Famous Actors (Who Started in Horror)

Posted October 30th, 2013 at 10:52 am by

Everybody has to start somewhere.  Hell, before I was given the luxurious task of writing listicles on the internet here at Regretful Morning, I was writing for a handmade zine (it was so low budget they couldn’t afford to include “maga”) that was passed out to pedestrians on the streets of Philadelphia (and also on the internet).  Nobody is surprised when Justin Long appears in a (surprisingly decent) horror film, but it would be shocking to learn that Sean Connery debuted in, say, Brain Vomitters 3. Yet even the most famous of the household names have starred in horror early in their careers, many of them in their very first role. Here’s 9 (nine):


Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay ghoulies

Before terrifying us with graphic details of sex crimes on Law & Order: SVU, Mariska terrified us with good ol’ fashioned ghosts. Her first role was Ghoulies, where she looks a bit like a special victim herself.


Leonardo DiCaprio

leonardo dicaprio critters 3

Leonardo DiCaprio’s first film was Critters 3. This is the last time his role wasn’t “the ugly one.”


Tom Hanks

tom hanks he knows you're alone

Tom Hanks debuted in He Knows You’re Alone. He revisited the horror genre in You’ve Got Mail, a biopic about the Craigslist killer.


Jennifer Aniston

jen aniston leprechaun


Jennifer Aniston’s first role was in Leprechaun. When asked what it was like to work with such a hideously grotesque little man, she said “Matthew Perry is nice in person.”


Clint Eastwood

clint eastwood revenge of the creature

The man eponymous with westerns began his career with Revenge of the Creature, the sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon. I don’t actually know who Clint Eastwood is, but my dad likes him.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is so famous I don't even need to tell you where I know him from. Although it probably isn't A Nightmare on Elm Street. In the film he is pulled into the bed before gallons upon gallons of blood erupt from it, a hobby he still enjoys to this day.

Johnny Depp is so famous it’s hard to even pinpoint which was his career-defining film. It is, however, easy to say that it was not his first one, A Nightmare on Elm Street.  In the film, Freddy Krueger pulls him into a mattress before it erupts with blood, an activity Depp still practices to this day.


Salma Hayek


Early in her career Salma Hayek played a stripped in From Dusk till Dawn.  She should take more roles like this.


Corey Feldman

corey feldman f13

Many people think Corey Feldman has gone a bit crazy in recent years, but if they had seen his first film, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, they would know he’s always been crazy. Side note: despite being billed as the final chapter, a sequel was released less than a year later.


Paul Rudd

paul rudd halloween the curse of michael myers

In Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Paul Rudd played the protagonist who brutally beat the villain with a lead pipe. Fuck Paul Rudd.


Matt Pass is a comedian and also on Twitter. Fuck Matt Pass.

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