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18 Popular Actors You Might Not Realize Were In Horror Movies –

1. Paul Rudd, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

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Rudd (credited at the time as “Paul Stephen Rudd,” which is hilarious) plays the adult version of Tommy Doyle, the little boy that iconic final girl, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), babysat all the way back in the very first movie

2. Jennifer Aniston, Leprechaun (1993)

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This film was Aniston’s VERY FIRST film role. She played a ditsy Valley girl dragged to the country by her family, where she comes face-to-face with the evil titular Leprechaun, who’s on the hunt for his gold…yes, that’s the whole movie.

3. Ryan Reynolds, The Amityville Horror (2005)

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In this remake, Reynolds plays the positively RIPPED patriarch of a family who moves into the infamous horror house. Seriously, this movie may be the best he’s ever looked, and I’m very much including Deadpool. Mmph.

4. Amy Adams, Psycho Beach Party (2000)

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Before she was nominated (and robbed, just saying) of Academy Awards, Adams partied at a bloody beach in this very obscure comedy-horror.

5. Leonardo DiCaprio, Critters 3 (1991)

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LOOK AT THIS BABY FACE. Anyway, before he was winning awards and buddying up with Brad Pitt, tiny baby boy DiCaprio’s film debut was in this hilariously ridiculous threequel following a family running from — you guessed it — some critters.

6. Henry Cavill, Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)

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While Cavill is now best known for his turn as Superman in the DC Cinematic Universe, he really could’ve used those alien powers before then when he took on the cult-favorite character Pinhead in this straight-to-DVD sequel.

7. Renée Zellweger, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1995)

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In one of her few pre-Jerry McGuire roles, Zellweger portrays Jenny, our powerful final girl. She’s trying to escape the evil clutches of…wait for it…

8. Matthew McConaughey, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1995)

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That’s right! McConaughey was once a member of the cannibalistic Sawyer family (renamed the “Slaughter” family here, for reasons beyond my understanding). Fun fact: McConaughey has previously said that he’s literally “forgotten” he was even in this movie.

9. Idris Elba, Prom Night (2008)

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Elba, who has literally not aged a day in over 10 years, plays a detective tasked with hunting down the prom night serial killer in yet ANOTHER remake on our list.

10. Jennifer Lawrence, House at the End of the Street (2012)

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We all have that one creepy house in our neighborhood that definitely has a sinister past, but this movie looks into what would happen if you and your mom moved right next to it. While J Law is known for being funny and laid back in real life, her role in this horror is anything but, and sees her give an incredibly intense performance.

11. Kevin Bacon, Friday the 13th (1980)

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While it’s easy to forget that Bacon got his start in this iconic slasher, he actually gets the most hardcore kill of the movie (seriously, it’s awesome/terrifying, and is the reason my horror movie-loving mother used to check under every bed she slept in until she got married…sorry mom!).

12. Charlize Theron, Children of the Corn III (1995)

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While it’s difficult to tell what’s scarier, the plot of this film or the style of eyebrows in the mid-’90s, one things for sure: Theron is always the absolute best, no matter how wacky her role is.

13. George Clooney, Return to Horror High (1987)

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Before he found his fame as a hunky doctor on E.R., Clooney played Oliver, a very tongue-in-cheek character. Like, Oliver was literally an actor who quit making a movie halfway through to join a TV show…okay, I see what you did there.

14. Katherine Heigl, Bride of Chucky (1998)

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One half of a star-crossed pair in the process of running away from their disapproving parents, Heigl gets more than she bargained for when she comes face-to-face with Mr. Good Guy himself, Chucky, and his lady love, Tiffany.

15. Chad Michael Murray, House of Wax (2005)

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As a tonal insane follow-up to Freaky Friday and A Cinderella Story (no, I’m serious, this is the third film in that career trifecta), Murray plays one of six friends who become the victims of a super-spooky, super-violent wax museum.

16. Jada Pinkett-Smith, Scream 2 (1997)

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Pinkett-Smith becomes the Drew Barrymore of the sequel, there in the opening scene just to distract you from the plot of the actual movie — all while providing biting commentary on the horror genre’s treatment of both race and gender.

17. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

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Spoilers for a 21-year-old movie, but baby-faced Gordon-Levitt doesn’t make it very far into this one before Michael Myers himself gets a hold of him, so don’t get too attached.

18. Adam Scott, Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996)

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Honestly…does his character and/or the plot even matter? LOOK AT THAT HAIR, OH MY GOD, I’M DYING.

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