The horror genre has a reputation for being low budget and unsophisticated. The blood, guts, and cheap scares aren't usually winning any big Hollywood awards, but they still have their place, and usually a huge cult fan base. There are some big directors like Wes Craven, Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Alfred Hitchcock, and George A. Romero who made the the horror genre what it is today.
Characters in horror films usually aren't around for long. Except for franchise regulars like Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, most characters are killed off at some point. That means it's the perfect role for young actors looking to get some experience and break into the business. Not to mention, acting terrified isn't easy, and it takes at least a bit of real acting skill.
These days, horror has become a lot more mainstream and even made its way into TV with series like MTV's Scream and FX's American Horror Story. Emma Roberts is one young actress who has made a name for herself in the latter, and the experience and exposure is sure to open her up to more projects in different genres. Here are 15 other celebs who got their start in horror movies.
15 Johnny Depp - A Nightmare on Elm Street
14 Chloe Grace Moretz - The Amityville Horror
It's hard to believe Chloe Grace Moretz is only 18-years-old because it seems like she's been around forever. When she was eight she appeared in the remake of The Amityville Horror alongside Ryan Reynolds. Although it was only her second film role ever, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. She went on to more TV roles and eventually landed the part of Hit Girl in Kick-Ass which showed that she was a lot more than just an innocent child star. At the age of 13 she was called the "busiest actress in Hollywood" and she's currently working on Neighbors 2 with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.
13 George Clooney - Return to Horror High
12 Kevin Bacon - Friday the 13th
11 Ryan Phillippe - Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare
10 Brad Pitt- Cutting Class
9 Eva Mendes - Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror
8 Demi Moore - Parasite
7 Leonardo Dicaprio - Critters 3
6 Henry Cavill - Hellraiser: Hellworld
5 Matthew McConaughey - Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
4 Charlize Theron - Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
3 Jennifer Aniston - Leprechaun
Of course Jennifer Aniston will always be known as Rachel Green from Friends, but before she landed that role she struggled through four TV shows that were canceled early on. In 1993 she starred in the horror comedy Leprechaun, which is about, you guessed it, a killer leprechaun. Although it got bad reviews, it has become a cult favorite and was even named one of the top 10 scariest films for Halloween in a list on The Guardian. Luckily, Aniston was cast as Rachel shortly after Leprechaun came out so she wasn't forced to appear in any sequels, or any other low-budget horror films for that matter.
2 Tom Hanks - He Knows You're Alone
1 Jamie Lee Curtis - Halloween
Last but not least, Jamie Lee Curtis made her film debut in John Carpenter's 1978 classic horror film, Halloween. Her character, Laurie Strode is considered one of the earliest examples of the "final girl" trope in horror films. Thanks to Halloween's immediate success, Curtis was cast in more horror movies, earning her the title of "scream queen". Besides horror, she also had notable roles in films like True Lies and A Fish Called Wanda. But it was Halloween that launched her career out of nothing.
Sources: IMDB.com, Bloody-Disgusting.com, EOnline.com, BusinessInsider.com
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