Celebs that got their starts in horror movies – The horror genre has a reputation for being low budget and unsophisticated. The blood, guts, and cheap scares aren’t usually winning any big Hollywood awards, but they still have their place, and usually a huge cult fan base.
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There are some big directors like Wes Craven, Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Alfred Hitchcock, and George A. Romero who made the the horror genre what it is today.
Characters in horror films usually aren’t around for long. Except for franchise regulars like Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween, most characters are killed off at some point. That means it’s the perfect role for young actors looking to get some experience and break into the business. Not to mention, acting terrified isn’t easy, and it takes at least a bit of real acting skill.
These days, horror has become a lot more mainstream and even made its way into TV with series like MTV’s Scream and FX’s American Horror Story. Emma Roberts is one young actress who has made a name for herself in the latter, and the experience and exposure is sure to open her up to more projects in different genres. Here are 15 other celebs who got their start in horror movies.
15. Johnny Depp – A Nightmare on Elm Street
Johnny Depp is a certified A-lister these days thanks to huge roles in films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But his first major film role was as Glen Lantz, the boyfriend of heroine Nancy Thompson in the very first A Nightmare on Elm Street. He made it half way through the film, only to fall asleep and be killed by Freddy Krueger in the unforgettable scene where he’s pulled through his own mattress and a geyser of blood shoots out drenching the ceiling and entire room in red.
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