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10 Not-Yet Famous Actors Who Got Killed In Horror Movies

Best Famous Actors (List) Today I’m looking at the top 10 famous actors who were killed off in a horror movie before they were well known. You know, the death scenes you stumble across and go “Oh yeah, they got mangled in that film and I totally forgot about it”, or “Did I just see Kevin Bacon take an arrow-head through the throat?!”

It seems apart from appearing nude / playing gay characters / and or both, being fodder in horror films is a good way to build your CV and get noticed when you are still a fledgling actor. So let’s investigate.


Bonus. Kristin Davis in Doom Asylum (1987)
Famous Actors List Died In Horror Movies

Before Sex and the City‘s Kristin Davis was shopping in style around New York, she used have fun taking trips up to an abandoned asylum. What would Samantha say? Spending the entire film in a spandex blue one-piece swimsuit, and occasionally glasses, she meets an absolutely brutal end at the hands of the “The Surgeon” (a mutated butcher/lawyer, don’t ask). He does perhaps what many boyfriends wanted to do after being forced to watch 94 episodes of the show – applies a mini-circular saw to her face.


10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Halloween H20 (1998)
Famous Actors Died In Horror Movies

These days he’s the most-liked and busiest actor around, headlining indies and blockbusters alike with substantial roles. But Michael Myers doesn’t care about that. When Gordon-Levitt turns up in one of his movies he’s dead within five minutes. The Myers’ irony department is in full effect, as the keen skater ends up with a skate in his face:


9. Owen Wilson in Anaconda (1997) + The Haunting (1999)
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Owen Wilson got killed off in two horror movies in the space of two years. Once by a snake and once by a haunted house.

He’s one of the first to go in Anaconda. It’s his punishment for wanting to make money off a big snake, horror movies do not approve of that as a source of income. The death is pretty much presented as: the other characters are in the background saying “Where’s Gary?” and in the foreground we see a boa-constricted Wilson being dragged under the water. Not gruesome but an admirable way to exit any movie.

Things get more spectacular in The Haunting, a film where Oscar nominees are scared in a giant house by cgi run amok. Wilson is carried along on a magic carpet ride (despite Liam Neeson shouting “Enough!” at the carpet) to be dumped in a fireplace, where he has his head bitten clean off by a stone lion. He makes no attempt to get out of the way, and doesn’t bleed:


8. Jack Black in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

When Jennifer Love Hewitt and her dull friends touch down in a sunny Bahamas resort they’re immediately accosted by Jack Black trying to sell them some weed and get with the hunnies. He’s so high energy it must be laced with cocaine or something. Anyone with his hairstyle and one interest is never going to survive long in a horror movie, and the genre dictates that the pothead will always die while smoking pot. So as he prepares a bong… I won’t tell you how he dies at the hands of the hook-handed fisherman, I’ll leave you to guess from this photo:

His last words are “It’s all good”.



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  • Jason said

    Sam L Jackson in Deep Blue Sea (dies)

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  • Sunil said

    Jeremy Renner dies in 28 Weeks Later.

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  • Spencer Goodyear said

    Don’t forget George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn (he survives), as well as John Hawkes is briefly in From Dusk Till Dawn (he dies)

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  • Kin said

    Unless The Surgeon was a bear, Kristin Davis met a “grisly” death.

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  • Surface Noise said

    How could you forget Shannon Elizabeth in Jack Frost? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg8Rm0ajj_0

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  • MICHELE said

    Maybe everyone knows this, so it’s irrelevant… But Jamie Lee Curtis was a newcomer in the original Halloween.

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  • Ben Dick said

    Y’all forgot Paul Rudd in Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Meyers

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  • kurt kidder said

    Not a horror but Sylvester Stallone in Death Race gets blown up by a “Hand Gernade”.

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  • Lynn said

    The Fury was a great flik – but weird ending.

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  • Cory said

    Let’s add some color to this topic:

    Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea) – dies in epic fashion.
    LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea) – survives
    Pam Grier (Scream Dracula Scream) – survives
    Omar Epps (Dracula 2000) – dies
    Kelly Rowland (Freddy vs. Jason) – dies
    Angela Bassett (Vampire in Brooklyn) – survives

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  • Pat said

    Eva Mendez – Children of the Corn V
    Ben Affleck – Buffy the Vamp Slayer

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  • Dario Bava said

    My addition:

    John Travolta melts in The Devil’s Rain (1975), he also plays in Carrie (1976)

    before Margot Kidder got her role of Lois Lane in Superman, she played in Brian De Palma’s Sisters (1973) and Black Christmas (1974)

    Brooke Shields is murdered during her first communion in Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

    Sam Neil played grown up Damien in Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), the sam year he played in drama/horror movie Possession together with beautiful Isabelle Adjani

    Jennifer Connelly in Dario Argento’s Phenomena (1985)

    Patricia Arquette first appeared on the big screen in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), where we can also find Lawrence Fishburne

    Lara Flynn Boyle in Poltergeist III (1988)

    Paul Rudd in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

    Charlize Theron gets it in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

    Clea DuVall in Little Witches (1996)

    Naomi Watts again in Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996)

    Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

    Rainn Wilson in House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

    a lot of actors survived the Horror 🙂

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  • Tresix said

    By the time Gellar had done “I Know What You Did…” and “Scream 2”, the “Buffy…” TV series was in high gear.

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    • Jim B. said

      Even before “I Know What You Did…”, “Scream 2”, and “Buffy”, Sarah Michelle Gellar had a couple of high profile TV gigs, winning the Young Artist Award for her role in the series Swans Crossing and a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the soap opera All My Children.

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  • Scott P said

    Although 1984’s “The Terminator” is cosidered more of an action movie then a horror movie there’s plenty of horror in it.

    Bill Paxton plays a punk rocker with a blue mohawk who get his heat ripped out by Ahhhhnold.

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  • Jake said

    I’ll be honest.. I had no idea Johnny Depp was in Nightmare on Elm Street or that Kevin Bacon was that guy in Friday the 13th.

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