Ever wondered where your favorite Hollywood stars got their start? No? Too bad, because you’re going to find out in pulp’s page of filler I mean killer list of Hollywood stars who got their start in horror.
Before she started irritating the hell out of us on Friends, young Jennifer brought home the bacon by irritating the hell out of us in such genre classics as 1993’s Leprechaun, which has the distinction of being one of the few movies that actually makes me cringe. I hate midgets.
One of hunky Brad Pitt’s first flicks was this cheap 80’s slasher with the shocking twist ending in which the schizophrenic loner who spent three years in a mental instituton for killing his father actually turns out to be the killer. Sorry to spoil it for you.
Everyone’s favourite familiar face Kevin Bacon rocketed to stardom with his role as ‘Doomed Counselor #4’ in 1980’s Halloween rip-off Friday the 13th.
After a brief appearance in 1964’s Castle of the Living Dead, Donnie tried to class up his act a bit by showing up in Hammer Horror’s long forgotten Die Die My Darling. It didn’t work.
Before Saturday Night Fever left him a ruined shell of a man, John Travolta actually worked on some good movies, like 1976’s Carrie and his brief fourteen second screen debut as the melting-face-guy in The Devil’s Rain.
Jamie Lee Curtis
People often forget this, but way back in the early eighties Jamie Lee was the reigning Scream Queen, and in my eyes there will never be another claim to the throne. It all started with John Carpenter’s 1979 classic Halloween, and from there it was The Fog, Prom Night (with Leslie Nielsen of Naked Gun fame), Terror Train, and finally Halloween II before she gave up the crown and started doing real movies. Like Virus.
Good ol’ Jack actually made quite a good living working for schlock horror producer Roger Corman in such genre classics as The Little Shop of Horrors and The Terror. Incidentally, famed movie directors Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and James Cameron also got their start making horror movies for Corman.
Before he got all wrinkley and senile, Clint truly used to be a god among men in Hollywood, and it can all be traced back to his first four lines in The Revenge of The Creature, Universal’s sequel to The Creature From The Black Lagoon. All in exciting 3D!
Mr. Oscar probably doesn’t want you to know this, but his first role was as a slasher killer in 1980’s He Knows You’re Alone. He didn’t even get a nomination.
I guess you young ‘uns ain’t old enough to remember Steve, but his first movie was 1958’s The Blob, which was redone in 1988 as the first and last movie Kevin Dillon ever made.
Before he could afford to be quirky, Johnny paid the rent by starring in Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street, where he played Heather Langenkamp’s boyfriend and got eaten by a bed. In my opinion, it’s all been downhill from there.
That’s right kids, American’s sweetheart was once a whore for the horror sequel machine, slumming it up in the truly godawful Amityville 3-D.
While it wasn’t her first movie, early eighties 3D revival flick Parasite is certainly her worst. Not counting GI Jane, of course.
In my humble opinion, Leo should have been killed immediately after his acting debut as Jack in Critters 3, therby saving the world from the godless abomination that is Titanic, but for some odd reason nobody ever listens to me.
Samuel L Jackson
Who can forget the great Sam Jackson’s memorable performance as ‘Dream Guy’ in the classic 1985 film Exorcist III: Legion? Me, for one, as evidenced by the fact that he’s last on the list.