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13 Famous Actors and Their Forgotten Horror Roles

October 15, 2018

Did you know that the first major movie Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight Schrute on The Office, starred in was Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses? He was the first one to get killed by the crazy Firefly family. As part of Rob Zombie’s 13 Nights of Halloween on HDNET MOVIES, here are 13 more celebrities that starred in horror films that we bet you forgot about!

1. Leonardo DiCaprio in Critters 3 (1991)

This was the Academy-Award® winning actor’s first credited movie role.

2. Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Sadly, his character dies in the most brutal, and “volcanic,” fashion.

3. George Clooney in Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)

He also had minor roles in a couple other slasher gems, Grizzly II: The Concert and Return to Horror High.

4. Jennifer Aniston in Leprechaun (1993)

Those shoes…the shorts…that jacket! A classic ‘90s ensemble perfect for fighting evil leprechauns.

5. Adam Scott in Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)

The precursor to his starring role in the 2015 box office success Krampus about a demonic horned beast terrorizing a family that has lost the Christmas spirit.

6. & 7. Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

Believe it or not, this film helped launch both of their careers.

8. Kevin Bacon in Friday the 13th (1980)

It took hours to get the setup right for Bacon’s death scene and he was forced to stay in position on the bed nearly the entire time.

9. Linda Hamilton in Children of the Corn (1984)

This movie came out the same year as The Terminator where Hamilton played Sarah Connor, the role she is most remembered for.

10. John Travolta in Carrie (1976)

His character was not very nice to Carrie, and in the end, he appropriately met a fiery fate.

11. Michelle Williams in Species (1995)

A few years later, Williams went on to star in the slasher film, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, where she played the girlfriend to the son of Jamie Lee Curtis’ character, Laurie, who survived Michael Myers’ attack in the original Halloween film.

12. Mila Kunis in Piranha (1995)

Kunis starred in this movie about a killer fish alongside former child actress Soleil Moon Frye aka Punky Brewster.

13. Jim Carrey in Once Bitten (1985)

Michael J. Fox nearly had this role, but producers did not think he would be the right fit and after seeing how Carrey delivered the lines, making horror humorous, they were set on him.

Starting October 19th, HDNET MOVIES will kick off Rob Zombie’s 13 Nights of Halloween featuring a new thriller every night hosted by Rob Zombie, leading up to an all-day marathon on Halloween. Click Here for a complete list of titles, synopses, airtimes, and more.