Big stars who started in horror movies

Hollywood A-listers who started their careers scaring the pants off of people.


    Kevin Bacon

    Kevin Bacon Bacon played camp counselor Jack in the original "Friday the 13th" in 1980. He did not reprise the role in any of its many sequels, for obvious reasons.

    Tom Hanks

    Tom Hanks Hanks had a small role in "He Knows You're Alone" (1980).

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Critter

    Leonardo DiCaprio Leo was warding off evil beasties in 1991 in "Critters 3: You Are What They Eat" (what a great title), his first ever movie role.
    New Line Cinema

    George Clooney

    George Clooney Clooney had a role in "Return of the Killer Tomatoes" in 1987, but that was a mock horror movie. He played a security guard in the real thing in "Return to Horror High" in 1988. Looks like if a killer was "returning," George was the first one they called.
    New World Pictures

    Jen Aniston

    Jennifer Aniston Jen's dad locks a killer leprechaun in the basement in 1993's "Leprechaun," after stealing all his gold. Not smart.
    Trimark Pictures

    Matthew McConaghey and Renee Zellweger

    Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey Renee played a hapless teen whose car broke down, Matt played one of the woodland psychopaths who, instead of helping, only wanted to hurt, in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" (1994).
    Columbia Pictures

    Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp The man who would become Jack Sparrow started in films as a suburban kid having really, really bad dreams in "Nightmare on Elm Street" in 1994.
    New Line Cinema

    Hillary Swank

    Hilary Swank One of the two-time Oscar winners first roles was as cheerleader Kimblery Hannah in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in 1992.
    20th Century Fox

    Demi Moore

    Demi Moore Demi played a lemon grower (yes, a lemon grower, what, do you think lemons grow themselves?) in the 1982 3-D horror travesty "Parasite." It was her first feature role.
    Embassy Pictures Corporation
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