40 Famous Actors You Probably Forgot Were in Scary Movies

Yes, that's baby Chloë Grace Moretz looking absolutely terrified.


Horror movies need not be scary. If you're an up-and-coming actor or actress, horror movies are your best friend. Just ask these now mega-famous celebs, who had no problem making audiences jump in their seats. Behold: the famous faces you probably forgot (or didn't know!) starred in scary movies, just in time for Halloween.

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Trimark Pictures
Jennifer Aniston: 'Leprechaun' (1993)

Just before Friends, Jennifer starred in a horror movie about an angry leprechaun who just wanted to get his pot of gold back. Did you know that only a four-leaf clover can kill the title character, and did you know that this was Aniston's film debut?

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Relativity Media
Jennifer Lawrence: 'House at the End of the Street' (2012)

What's scarier than the house at the end of the street? Living a few doors down from the house, apparently! J-Law is Elissa, a 17-year-old who starts dating Ryan, a resident of said house and brother of a girl who disappeared after murdering their parents.

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Warner Bros. Pictures
Scarlett Johansson: 'Eight Legged Freaks' (2002)

This is technically a comedy horror film, but giant spiders are pretty scary. You know what's not scary? Scarlett's hair parting down the middle and Matt Czuchry's (Logan from Gilmore Girls) sweet, sweet face.

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Return Productions
Renée Zellweger: 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation' (1997)

Two years before Jerry Maguire, Renée had small roles in Reality Bites and Empire Records, and a starring role in Texas Chainsaw, playing a teenager on the run from Matthew McConaughey (see next slide). Like Renée at the time, the film remained mostly unknown.

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Return Productions
Matthew McConaughey: 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation' (1997)

If you've ever wanted to see the opposite of what Matthew is like in those Lincoln car commercials, watch this.

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Universal Pictures
Katherine Heigl: 'Bride of Chucky' (1998)

Have any of the Chucky films made sense? This fourth one certainly didn't. But it stars Chucky, his bride doll Tiffany (the soul of Jennifer Tilly's human character), and Tiffany's neighbor Jade, played by Katherine Heigl. All you need to know is Jade is nothing like a bridesmaid or doctor.

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New Line Cinema
Johnny Depp: 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (1984)

Johnny made his feature film debut in the first-ever Freddy Krueger movie, playing Glen, a high school student whose friends are killed by Freddy in their dreams. You can guess how things ended for Glen.

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New World Pictures
George Clooney: 'Return to Horror High' (1987)

Chances are, you've never seen this film. That, or you completely forgot that George was in it as Oliver, an actor playing a cop on the set of a scary movie, and that he was the first to die on screen. Side note: Doesn't young George look scrumptious?

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Republic Pictures Home Video
Brad Pitt: 'Cutting Class' (1989)

In the hall of fame of Brad's on screen names, his moniker in Cutting Class reigns supreme. Meet Dwight Ingalls, budding basketball star with looks to kill. (Sorry not sorry.)

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New Line Cinema
Leonardo DiCaprio: 'Critters 3' (1991)

Leo and his floppy hair made their film debut in the third installment of the sci-fi horror comedy franchise about furry little aliens (sorry, critters) who like to eat humans.

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Chloë Grace Moretz: 'The Amityville Horror' (2005)

This 2005 remake starred Ryan Reynolds, his abs, and a baby Chloe, who was around 8 when the film was released. She played one of the Lutz children.

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Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Mila Kunis: 'American Psycho II: All American Girl' (2002)

In between seasons of That '70s Show, Mila unfortunately starred in some forgettable movies, including the direct-to-video sequel to American Psycho. (She steals someone else's identity and embarks on the serial killer life.)

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Screen Gems
Taylor Kitsch: 'The Covenant' (2006)

2006 was a big year for Taylor, who immediately stole hearts as Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights. He also took his shirt off for The Covenant, playing Pogue Parry, a descendent of a powerful colonial witch family.

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20th Century Fox
Hilary Swank: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1992)

What's more problematic, these outfit, the lines, or the fact that Kimberly (Hilary) dared to betray Buffy?

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Miramax Films
Paul Rudd: 'Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers' (1995)

Credited as Paul Stephen Rudd, the man who never ages played Tommy Doyle, whose baby sitter was Michael Myers' sister Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the original films.

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Columbia Pictures
Julia Roberts: 'Flatliners' (1990)

Julia plays a medical student who conducts near-death experiments to see what the afterlife's all about. The film also starred Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland (also medical students).

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Columbia Pictures
Jack Black: 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer' (1998)

Though uncredited in the film's OG release, that's really Jack Black playing a stoner named Titus Telesco, who meets his fate either probably because of his name or those unfortunate dreads.

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Jada Pinkett Smith: 'Demon Knight' (1995)

Officially called Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, this comedy horror motion picture also starred Billy Zane, Thomas Haden Church, and the infamous Crypt Keeper, who just wanted to make it in Hollywood.

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New Line Cinema
Kelly Rowland: 'Freddy vs. Jason' (2003)

No Destiny's Child song could have saved Kelly's character Kia from Freddy and Jason, who battled it out at the expense of the teens of Springwood, Ohio.

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Dimension Films
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 'Halloween H20: 20 Years Later' (1998)

Who's a good neighborhood boy? JGL, who plays Jimmy Howell, the first to die in the film after a skate gets the best of his young face.

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Dimension Films
Tyra Banks: 'Halloween: Resurrection' (2002)

Released four years after H20, Resurrection finds Tyra Banks, Busta Rhymes, and others hanging out in Michael Myers's childhood home to film a live internet horror show. Why do horror movies always start with good people and bad ideas?

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Screen Gems
Idris Elba: 'Prom Night' (2008)

A former teacher is hunting his student on prom night after being jailed for killing her family. Enter Detective Winn, a hot man better known as Idris Elba IRL.

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Dimension Films
Eva Mendes: 'Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror' (1998)

In Eva's own words, this role was her most embarrassing ever: "The scene when I find out my boyfriend killed himself? I beg you to remember that it was my first time on camera ever, and everybody's got to get their start somewhere."

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Embassy Pictures
Demi Moore: 'Parasite' (1982)

In one of her first movie roles, Demi played a lemon farmer who helps a doctor find and kill a flesh-eating parasite in an apocalyptic America.

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Michelle Williams: 'Species' (1995)

15-year-old Michelle played the young version of Sil (Natasha Henstridge), the alien-human monster.

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Adam Scott: 'Hellraiser IV: Bloodline' (1996)

Remember all the Hellraiser movies? Long before Parks and Rec and Big Little Lies, Adam Scott was in the fourth Hellraiser, playing a man named Jacques, who doesn't mind having a demon or two around.

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Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Mischa Barton: 'The Sixth Sense' (1999)

It's been 20 years. You haven't forgotten about Mischa's scene under the blanket, have you?

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Walt Disney Studios
Keira Knightley: 'The Hole' (2001)

In one of her first big screen roles, Keira plays Frankie, a popular boarding school student who joins three other classmates in skipping a field trip. Instead, the group checks out an abandoned nuclear fallout shelter and soon find themselves locked in.

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Flower Films
Seth Rogen: 'Donnie Darko' (2001)

In his first-ever film, Seth played Ricky Danforth, a sidekick bully who mumbles the line, "I like your boobs."

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Amy Adams: 'Psycho Beach Party' (2000)

In this slasher parody set in the 1960s, Amy Adams is Marvel Ann, a bikini-wearing beachgoer on the run from a serial killer.

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