10 Unexpected Movie Stars That got Their Start in Horror Movies

Published: September 19, 2014

Ever wondered if your favorite star has ever been slashed, gutted or otherwise maimed in a horror movie? Well, now you know! Take a look at this list of 10 movie starts that got their start in horror movies.

  1. Tom Hanks - He Knows You're Alone (1980)


    In this B-rated horror movie that preluded to an onslaught of terrible horror movies, an unknown killer slashes his way through a multitude of people seemingly in search of the main character. Tom Hanks shows up an hour into the movie and is really a breath of fresh air after having to endure such a god-awful movie. He doesn't contribute much to the plot, nor does he get killed. He starts dating the best friend of the main character and is never seen again. I really don't recommend watching this movie, but if you feel compelled for the sole reason of seeing Tom Hanks, I recommend fast forwarding to an hour into the film.

  2. Johnny Depp - A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)


    One of the most memorative and creative horror movies ever made was another product of the 1980's horror craze combined with the sick mind of Wes Craven. Out of this came a series of slasher films that re-imagined and re-established the boundaries for horror - and a common household name: Johnny Depp. Initially, Depp denied being in the film, and that might have had something to do with the fact that his friend, Jackie Haley, initially auditioned for Depp's character in the movie. However, Wes Craven was so interested in Depp (who had only driven Haley to the auditions) that he hired Depp instead. Interestingly enough, Jackie Haley later played the villain Freddy Krueger in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare On Elm Street.

  3. Kevin Bacon - Friday the 13th (1980)

    In the original Friday the 13th, it's not the hockey mask-wearing Jason that we all know and love that is chasing counselors, teens and hitchhikers weilding a machete. Instead, it's his mother, Mrs. Voorhees. The original Friday the 13th has become such a forgotten classic that many don't pay it much attention aside from acknowledging that it started the franchise. Well, one reason to dust off these old horror movies and rewatch them might be to see your favorite movie star before they became "established" in their niche. This time, we have Kevin Bacon starring as one of the camp counselors.


  4. Jamie Lee Curtis - Halloween (1978)


    Of course, I had to include the masterpiece that is John Carpenter's Halloween. This movie stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode who is trying to survive being hunted by her demented brother, Michael Meyers. This movie has become a staple in the homes of nearly every family during the Halloween season. The eerie tone of the film compiled with the aspect of being watched - not by a fast-moving, psychotic person, but instead by a faceless, slow-moving killer with apparently no soul and no emotion. A drastic difference from previous horror films, this one doesn't give the killer any lines in the film, not a one. The success of this film jumpstarted Jamie Lee Curtis into her career as an actress.

  5. Corey Feldman - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)


    After the success of the original Friday the 13th, there was no shortage of actors willing to audition for a role in one of the sequels, and with that came more stars in bloom. One of which was Corey Feldman. At only 12, Feldman had landed himself not only a speaking role and one of the main characters of the film, but he actually gets to kill Jason! I can't think of another slasher film where a child that young gets to kill the killer, but Feldman did. Corey Feldman is no stranger to horror, having since starring in Gremlins, Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys, and many more.

  6. Crispin Glover - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)


    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter was ripe with up-and-coming stars. Not only did a 12-year old Corey Feldman get a starring role, but Crispin Glover also got his big chance in this slasher movie. Known mostly for his role in the Back to the Future series, not many know Crispin Glover got his start as a typical teenage victim in the Friday the 13th franchise.

  7. Jennifer Aniston - Leprechaun (1993)


    In this slasher-comedy, a tiny Leprechaun terrorizes a farming family after one of their children mistakingly takes a gold coin belonging to the Leprechaun. Most people know about the Leprechaun films, and the terrible sequels that followed (In Space, In tha Hood, Back 2 tha Hood, etc) but most people forget that the main character and helpless victim of the movie was Friends-star Jennifer Aniston. I bet she's thankful she got picked up by that television show, otherwise we might have seen her in one of the horrible sequels.

  8. Matthew McConaughey - Texas Chainsaw: The Next Generation (1994)


    Puzzling enough, Matthew McConaughey, who was still riding the success of Dazed and Confused, chose to follow it up with a B-horror movie called Texas Chainsaw: The Next Generation. Maybe I'm just into a different kind of horror, but this one was hard to sit through. In fact, I probably wouldn't have finished the movie had I not wanted to see Matthew McConaughey run around and act like a lunatic.

  9. Renee Zellweger - Texas Chainsaw: The Next Generation (1994)


    Funny enough, Texas Chainsaw: The Next Generation had not one, but two stars from Dazed and Confused. Now, we have Renee Zellweger following Matthew McConaughey into this B-horror nightmare. I can't say I approve of the agents of either actor, but I am thankful that I can enjoy their poor decision-making by watching these awful movies and laughing to my heart's content.

  10. Drew Barrymore - Cat's Eye (1985)


    Before being gutted in Scream, a 10-year old Drew Barrymore starred in Stephen King's Cat's Eye. In this creepy, fantasy thriller, Drew is terrorized by a three-inch troll that lives in the walls of her bedroom. After she goes to bed, the troll climbs on top of her and slowly sucks the breathe from her in an attempt to kill her. This film I remember being quite interesting and an even better book.

Well, there you have it! If you take anything away from this list, let it be the knowledge that just because a movie looks or sounds stupid or old or whatever, give it a shot. Go ahead and watch the horrible movie. You never know if you might see a familiar face.