18 Actors You Totally Forgot Starred in Horror Movies

From Jennifer Lawrence to Katherine Heigl, see all the celebs who've made our hearts stop and stomachs drop — in the best way possible

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2012: Jennifer Lawrence in House at the End of the Street

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, Jennifer Lawrence, 2012. ©Rogue Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
Rogue Pictures/Everett

Sure, Lawrence took home an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, but the year was also memorable thanks to her MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Scared-As-S--- Performance. The award recognized her turn as a teen who becomes wrapped up in a thrilling mystery after discovering a gruesome neighborhood secret.

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2005: Ryan Reynolds in The Amityville Horror

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, Ryan Reynolds, 2005, © MGM/courtesy Everett Collection

Reynolds played the unfortunate new owner of the famously haunted house in this remake. Chloë Grace Moretz appeared as the actor's daughter; she was only 6 years old at the time of filming.

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2002: Scarlett Johansson in Eight Legged Freaks

EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, Scarlett Johansson, 2002. (c) Warner Brothers/ Courtesy Everett Collection.

Before her creepy, critically-acclaimed performance as an alien in 2013's Under the Skin, Johansson dappled in horror-comedy as the resident screaming teen in a town overrun by giant spiders.

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1998: Ben Affleck in Phantoms

PHANTOMS, Joanna Going, Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, 1998

Post-Good Will Hunting, Affleck played Sheriff Bryce Hammond in this adaptation of a Dean Koontz novel about a small town where almost all the inhabitants mysteriously die or go missing.

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2005: Paris Hilton in House of Wax

HOUSE OF WAX, Paris Hilton, 2005, (c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection
Warner Brothers/Courtesy Everett Collection

Hilton portrayed bratty teen Paige — and suffered a brutal death — in the mid-aughts remake of the eerie 1953 original.

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1994: Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation


Maybe appearing in a low-budget horror remake is the secret to success? Following their film's release, Zellweger and McConaughey both went on to win Oscars and star in critically-acclaimed movies. Also, important to note: "If looks could kill, he wouldn't need a chainsaw," is a line highlighted in Chainsaw's trailer.

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1998: Josh Hartnett and Michelle Williams in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later


Hartnett was joined by Williams and Halloween veteran Jamie Lee Curtis in this flick, set 20 years after the original. He scored the lead role as Curtis' character's son, John.

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1998: Katherine Heigl in Bride of Chucky


Before Grey's Anatomy and a slew of rom-coms catapulted her career, Heigl starred in Bride of Chucky, which saw the actress get kidnapped by Chucky and his longtime love and fellow doll Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) in an attempt to serve as Tiffany's new human body.

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1984: Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street


We'll never forget Depp's epic bloody death scene.

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1980: Kevin Bacon in Friday the 13th


Among Crystal Lake's newest group of camp counselors was a fresh-faced Bacon, who joined the chaos that came about once the assumed Jason Voorhees began to wreak havoc.

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2008: Brittany Snow in Prom Night


Let's just say Prom Night was Snow's practice for hitting high notes in Pitch Perfect. Only difference? The aforementioned thriller found Snow running from a crazed stalker rather than competing in a national singing competition.

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1993: Jennifer Aniston in Leprechaun


Before Friends and her iconic haircut, Aniston came head-to-head with a killer leprechaun searching for his gold.

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1987: George Clooney in Return to Horror High


Just as his career began to blossom with roles on E.R. and The Facts of Life, Clooney made an uncharacteristic choice by signing on to the campy Return to Horror High. The sequel focused on a group of high school students as they attempted to escape a serial killer.

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1980: Tom Hanks in He Knows You're Not Alone


Fun fact: Hanks was supposed to have an early death scene, but "America's Dad" scored more screen time due to his charm.

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1989: Brad Pitt in Cutting Class


Even if you're not into campy thrillers, Cutting Class is still worth a watch to ogle at a baby-faced Pitt, pre-Thelma & Louise.

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1995: Charlize Theron in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest


Although it was a minor role, it's important to note that much like Zellweger and McConaughey's run in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel, Theron's gig in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest led to an Oscar — albeit for a different role years later in 2003's Monster.

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1982: Demi Moore in Parasite


In one of her first-ever films, Moore starred as partner of Dr. Paul Dean, who created a deadly parasite that became attached to his insides.

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1991: Leonardo DiCaprio in Critters 3


Before Romeo + Juliet and Titanic, DiCaprio was merely a kid fighting furry aliens in a Los Angeles apartment tower.

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