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

2. Johnny Depp in A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

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For a lot of people (and for me until recently), this would have been the be-all-to-end-all pre-fame celebrity horror movie death. It’s just a spectacular early demise for today’s biggest star. Young Johnny, in practically his first foray into movies, struggles and calls for his mother as the bed sucks him in. It’s horrifying.

I remember imagining myself being dragged into the bed screaming for my mum when I first saw this scene at age 7. Even now, it’s the one that affects me the most – more than Tina’s death scene which I know is a favourite of the guys here at Movie-Moron. I’ve decided to use the video with the additional deleted footage where Johnny’s body is returned to the bed, out of interest. For me, this is less scary than nothing returning because you assume Depp gets liquidised as opposed to drowning in his own blood… or was he drained? Did he blend? Who knows. Enjoy.

And at Number 1. I had to do it. His appearance in this film is just too classic and when I tracked down his death scene, I was like “HOLY SH*T!!!”. I give you…


1. Crispin Glover in Friday the 13th Part 4 – The Final Chapter (1984)

Here is why Mr. Crispin is legendary in my book:

Ahh it’s f*cking hilarious – he looks likes he’s directing traffic while really needing the toilet. It doesn’t matter whether it was intentional or not (it’s my feeling that it was), he made himself stand out in the film despite not being the main character. And his death – f*ck. It’s so brutal. A corkscrew through the hand and a machete to the face.



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  • G said

    No John Goodman in C.H.U.D.??

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    • Mark Lavender said

      You forgot about one of the best Actors of our time….Tom Hanks

      In “He Knows Your Alone” This was pre Boosm Buddies

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  • gd smith said

    Slasher Films feature loads of before they were famous deaths and survivors.
    Mickey Rourke. Fade to Black
    Daryl Hannah. The final Terror
    David Copperfield Terror Train
    Kevin Costner Shadows Run Black.
    Viggo Mortensen; Leatherface’
    Tom Hanks. He Knows You’re Alone.
    Tanya Roberts. Tourist Trap
    Jennifer Jason Leigh. Eyes of a Stranger.
    Christopher Lloyd. Schzoid
    Brad Pitt. Cutting Class
    George Clooney Return to Horror High
    Jason Alexander and Holly Hunter. The Burning.

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  • gd smith said

    Mickey Rourke, dies
    Hannah, survives, only just
    Copperfield, dies
    Alexander, dies
    Hanks, survives
    Clooney, dies
    Pitt, survives
    Lloyd, not sure
    Costner, survives
    Mortensen, dies or seems to, but he’s the villain
    Hunter, is only glimpsed but survives
    JJ Leigh, survives
    Also James McAvoy and Isla Fisher die in The Pool.
    Bill Paxton is the killer in Mortuary and is killed in the great Crazies variant Impulse, much better than either version of the Crazies. It also features Meg Tilly who survives it and Entity Force aka one Dark Night, a sort supernatural slasher variant.

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  • G said

    Here are some more off the top of my head.
    Paris Hilton: Nine Lives, dies (yah!)
    Sam Rockwell: Clownhouse, lives
    Mark Ruffalo: Mirror Mirror 2, dies
    Willam Dufoe: The Hunger, lives

    Also Death Wish has a young Jeff Goldblum in it, and he dies. More thriller than horror

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    • George Arthur said

      RE: Jeff Goldblum in Deathwish. I know he was one of the kilers of Bronson’s wife but was he actually killed in the movie?

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    • Gent said

      Goldblum doesn’t get killed in DW, his character only serves as the catalyst to Paul Kersey’s vigilante tendencies.

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    • steve said

      Coma – Tom Selleck
      Death Wish – Samuel L Jackson
      Blade Runner – Darryl Hannah

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    • frandouglass said

      Paris Hilton dies real cool in House of Wax. Pole stabbed through her I think it was

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  • G said

    Plus James McAvoy in The Pool (dies) and Kiera Knightly inThe Hole (dies)

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  • Bob said

    Before The Matrix and even before Cowboy Curtis, Lawrence Fishburne was in Nightmare on Elm Street 3

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  • Alex said

    Jack Black in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (gets killed) and (if you count it as a Horror movie) in Mars Attacks!

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  • BobaFett said

    Danny Trejo in The Hidden (1987)

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  • honda said

    right! i remember all of those “oh wow” the hidden that was a good flick!and the guy who was the alien hero went on and played
    “krull” btw is a somewhat strange sci-fi flick as well
    but the elmstreet series had a lot of potential actors signing up for exposure on the freddy movies,well we all have to start
    somewhere to get your foot in the door? with decaprio on “growing pains”…who knew! lol!

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    • Gab said

      Liam Neeson was also killed in Krull, he was one of the no name thieves and he got a spike in the belly!

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  • missy said

    John Travolta in Carrie
    Drew Barrymore Firestarter!
    Jim Carrey, not really horror, I guess more comedy, but Once Bitten!
    Leonardo Dicaprio in Critters 3
    John Travolta The Devils Rain also.

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  • gd smith said

    Definitely not a horror but a slasher influenced thriller
    Jim Carey basically playing Axl Rose is killed in The Dead Pool and the rest of Guns “n” Roses are in it before they were famous.

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  • Mark Patterson said

    The death scenes in these movies lack the shock value. Do create the suspense though.

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  • Gent said

    Daryl Hannah in the 1978 Brian De Palma film The Fury.

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  • s said

    The thing about Glover in Friday the 13th is that he just plays a normal guy…that may be the weirdest thing he’s ever done.

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  • Jerec350 said

    Patricia Arquette in Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Breckin Meyer in Freddy’s Dead and The Craft.

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