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 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?
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.
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.
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.
If you've ever wanted to see the opposite of what Matthew is like in those Lincoln car commercials, watch this.
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.
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.
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?
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.)
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.
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.
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.)
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.
What's more problematic, these outfit, the lines, or the fact that Kimberly (Hilary) dared to betray Buffy?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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."
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.
15-year-old Michelle played the young version of Sil (Natasha Henstridge), the alien-human monster.
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.
It's been 20 years. You haven't forgotten about Mischa's scene under the blanket, have you?
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.
In his first-ever film, Seth played Ricky Danforth, a sidekick bully who mumbles the line, "I like your boobs."
In this slasher parody set in the 1960s, Amy Adams is Marvel Ann, a bikini-wearing beachgoer on the run from a serial killer.