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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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  • 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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