14 A-List Actors Who Started In Horror Movies

14 A-List Actors Who Started In Horror Movies

These 14 A-List movie stars got their first break in horror movies. Most notable names like Kevin Bacon from Friday the 13th (1980) and Johnny Depp from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) are featured here. Also included are George Clooney, Jennifer Anniston, Sharon Stone, Bradd Pitt, and a few more. Horror movies are where many movie stars received their first breaks, and here we list them out along with that horror film. Each movie has movie details and a trailer.

  1. Kevin Bacon

    Friday the 13th (1980)

    Directed by Sean S. Cunningham

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    Official Synopsis: One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe.

    Cast: Tom Savini, Kevin Bacon, Adrienne King, Walt Gorney, Betsy Palmer, Ronn Carroll, Rex Everhart, Peter Brouwer, Ari Lehman, Ron Millkie,…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

  2. Johnny Depp

    A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

    Directed by Wes Craven

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    Official Synopsis: On Elm Street, Nancy Thompson and a group of her friends (comprising Tina Gray, Rod Lane and Glen Lantz) are being tormented by a clawed killer in their dreams named Fred Krueger. Nancy must think quickly, as Fred tries to pick them off one by one. When he has you in your sleep, who is there to save you?

    Cast: Johnny Depp, Lin Shaye, Robert Englund, Robert Shaye, Heather Langenkamp, Joe Unger, David Andrews, John Saxon, Jsu Garcia, Joseph Whipp,…
    Genres: Horror

  3. George Clooney

    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

    Directed by John De Bello

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    Official Synopsis: After a wave of reports of mysterious attacks involving people and pets being eaten by the traditionally docile fruit, a special government task force is set up to investigate the violent fruit and put a stop to their murderous spree. Included in this crack team are a lieutenant who never goes anywhere without his parachute, an underwater expert who's never out of his scuba gear, and a master of disguise who conceals his appearance by dressing as a black Adolf Hitler.

    Cast: Dana Ashbrook, Donna Woodrum, John De Bello, George Wilson, David Miller, Skot Pierson, Jerrold Anderson, D. Wayne Cyphert, James De…
    Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Adventure, Musical

  4. Jennifer Aniston

    Leprechaun (1993)

    Directed by Mark Jones

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    Official Synopsis: When Dan O'Grady returns to the U.S. after stealing some Irish leprechaun's pot of gold, he thinks he can settle down and enjoy his newfound wealth. He thought wrong. The leprechaun followed him and O'Grady barely gets away with his life, having locked the little monster in his basement. Ten years later, J.D. and his spoiled daughter Tory move in. By accident, the leprechaun is released and almost immediately the annoying creature starts to look for his gold, not displaying any respect for human life.

    Cast: Warwick Davis, William Newman, Mark Holton, John Sanderford, Klexius Kolby, David Tripet, Shay Duffin, Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Robert Hy…
    Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy

  5. Brad Pitt

    Cutting Class (1989)

    Directed by Rospo Pallenberg

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    Official Synopsis: High school student Paula Carson's affections are being sought after by two of her classmates: Dwight, the "bad boy", and Brian, a disturbed young man who has just been released from a mental hospital where he was committed following the suspicious death of his father. Soon after being released, more murders start happening. Is Brian back to his old tricks, or is Dwight just trying to eliminate the competition?

    Cast: Brad Pitt, Roddy McDowall, Dirk Blocker, Nancy Fish, Norman Alden, Brenda James, Alexander Folk, Donovan Leitch Jr., Ronnie Sperling, Robert…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy, Crime

  6. Samuel L. Jackson

    Def by Temptation (1990)

    Directed by James Bond III

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    Official Synopsis: Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

    Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Kadeem Hardison, Ellis Williams, Rony Clanton, Beth Latty, Angela Stokes, Lahana Kameha, James Bond III,…
    Genres: Horror

  7. Paul Rudd

    Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

    Directed by Joe Chappelle

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    Official Synopsis: Six years after Michael Myers' last massacre in Haddonfield, Jamie Lloyd has a child, but is then killed by Michael. Michael is allied with the Cult of Thorn, who both protect him and gave him the Curse of Thorn, the reason he killed all of his family. The Strode Family also moved into the Myers' house and are stalked by Michael. Sam Loomis and Tommy Doyle, a boy Laurie babysat during Michael's first rampage, are now out to stop Michael and the cult. Michael heads to kill Jamie's son and the rest of Laurie's family, but Dr. Loomis and Tommy plan to stop the curse, defeat the cult, stop Michael, and put an end to his murderous rampages, once and for all.

    Cast: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, George P. Wilbur, Kim Darby, Leo Geter, Tom Proctor, Bradford English, Marianne Hagan, J.C. Brandy, Jimmy…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller

  8. Matthew McConaughey

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

    Directed by Kim Henkel

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    Official Synopsis: This is the twisted tale of Vilmer and his crazy family which includes the lovely Leatherface. They have pastime of killing and stuffing people. Unfortunately, Jenny and her friends run into Vilmer and his clan in the middle of the night in the middle of the woods.

    Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Lisa Marie Newmyer, Renée Zellweger, Marilyn Burns, John Harrison, Joe Stevens, Bill Wise, Paul A. Partain,…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Comedy

  9. Renee Zellweger

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

    Directed by Kim Henkel

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    Official Synopsis: This is the twisted tale of Vilmer and his crazy family which includes the lovely Leatherface. They have pastime of killing and stuffing people. Unfortunately, Jenny and her friends run into Vilmer and his clan in the middle of the night in the middle of the woods.

    Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Renée Zellweger, Lisa Marie Newmyer, Renée Zellweger, Marilyn Burns, John Harrison, Joe Stevens, Bill Wise, Paul A. Partain,…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Comedy

  10. Tom Hanks

    He Knows You're Alone (1980)

    Directed by Armand Mastroianni

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    Official Synopsis: A reluctant bride to be is stalked by a serial killer who only kills brides and the people around them. While her friends get whacked one by one, a hard boiled renegade cop whose bride had been killed years before tries to hunt him down before it is too late. Meanwhile, the bride has to figure out if it is all in her imagination or not, aided by her ex-boyfriend...

    Cast: James Rebhorn, Tom Hanks, Russell Todd, Caitlin O'Heaney, Barbara Quinn, Patricia Benson, Robin Tilghman, Michael Eiler, Peter Gumeny, Vic Di…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller

  11. Sharon Stone

    Deadly Blessing (1981)

    Directed by Wes Craven

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    Official Synopsis: A former Hittite (a member of an Amish-like sect) dies in a mysterious tractor "accident", and his widow is left to face the frightening Hittites who view her as "the incubus" and may have sinister designs on her.

    Cast: Michael Berryman, Jeff East, Sharon Stone, Kevin Cooney, Ernest Borgnine, Percy Rodrigues, Neil Fletcher, Chester Kulas Jr., Lawrence Montaigne, Lucky…
    Genres: Horror

  12. Demi Moore

    Parasite (1982)

    Directed by Charles Band

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    Official Synopsis: Paul Dean has created a deadly parasite that is now attached to his stomach. He and his female companion, Patricia Welles, must find a way to destroy it while also trying to avoid Ricus, his rednecks, and an evil government agent named Merchant.

    Cast: Demi Moore, Cherie Currie, Cheryl Smith, Scott Thomson, Al Fann, Luca Bercovici, Tom Villard, Robert Glaudini, James Davidson, Vivian Blaine,…
    Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi

  13. Bradley Cooper

    The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

    Directed by Ryûhei Kitamura, Ryûhei Kitamura

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    Official Synopsis: The photographer Leon lives with his girlfriend and waitress Maya waiting for a chance to get in the photo business. When Maya contacts their friend Jurgis, he schedules a meeting for Leon with the successful owner of arts gallery Susan Hoff; she analyzes Leon's work and asks him to improve the quality of his photos. During the night, the upset Leon decides to wander on the streets taking pictures with his camera, and he follows three punks down to the subway station; when the gang attacks a young woman, Leon defends her and the guys move on. On the next morning, Leon discovers that the woman is missing. He goes to the police station, but Detective Lynn Hadley does not give much attention to him and discredits his statement. Leon becomes obsessed to find what happened with the stranger and he watches the subway station. When he sees the elegant butcher Mahogany in the train, Leon believes he might be a murderer and stalks him everywhere, in the beginning of his journey to the darkness.

    Cast: Ted Raimi, Leslie Bibb, Tony Curran, Bradley Cooper, Greg Brown, Vinnie Jones, Peter Jacobson, Brian Taylor, Roger Bart, Dan Callahan,…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy

  14. Leonardo Dicaprio

    Critters 3 (1991)

    Directed by Kristine Peterson

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    Official Synopsis: In what appears to be a cross between Critters and The Towering Inferno, the residents of a shoddy L.A. apartment block are chased up to the roof by hoards of the eponymous hairy horrors.

    Cast: Lin Shaye, Dee Wallace, Ethan Phillips, Billy Zane, Edward Chiodo, Terrence Mann, Don Keith Opper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Green Bush,…
    Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Comedy