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Gory Beginnings

by Justin Grimbol

A lot of actors got their start in horror movies and, as a horror movie buff, this has always given me a strange sense of pride. Jonny Depp was in Nightmare on Elm Street. Kevin Bacon was in Friday the Thirteenth. Most people know that.
But here some nerdy little factoids. Did you know Leonardo DiCaprio first starring role was in Critters 3? The movie is an abomination. Leo’s outfit makes him look like a trapper-keeper. But it’s worth the watch, just to see him in a movie that’s so schlocky.

Here are some other cruddy horror films that gave some major league actors their start:

Clint Eastwood—Revenge of the Creature.
Viggo Mortensen—Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3.
Jennifer Aniston—Leprechaun
George Clooney—Return to Horror High and Return of the Killer Tomatoes.
Jack Nicholson—The Terror
Demi Moore—Parasite 3-d
Renee Zellweger—Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Tom Hanks—He Knows You’re Not Alone
Hilary Swank—Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Jack Black—I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (he plays a dreadlocked pot head. It’s really wild.) (He was also in The Never Ending Story 3, which was so bad it was practically a horror movie)
Charlize Theron—Children Of The Corn 3
Jim Carrey—Once Bitten
Harrison Ford—The Possessed.
John Goodman—C.H.U.D.
Brad Pitt—Cutting Class
Paul Rudd (damn this guy’s charming)—Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Meyers

There’s a zillion more examples. These are just from movies I’ve seen. Please add to the list.

7 responses

  1. Jason Alexander in The Burning (he still had hair!).

    October 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  2. Holly Hunter is also in The Burning, though you can barely recogniize her she’s so young.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

  3. I remember Jack Black playing a small (but I think very significant role) in the movie, Bob Roberts. That was his first movie and a really good one. He was in a lot of movies between that one and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (which he went uncredited for), although they may have been very small roles.

    October 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  4. Jack Black was also in Mars Attacks, one of the most underrated Tim Burton movies of the 90’s!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

  5. bastardo kamonohashi

    One of Jack Nicholson’s first roles was a cameo in the original “LittleShop of Horrors” film. He played the masochistic dentist patient that Bill Murray played in the later musical version.

    October 13, 2011 at 6:50 am

  6. Kevin Bacon: Friday the 13th
    Crispin Glover: Friday the 13th Part IV
    Patricia Arquette: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3
    Corey Feldman: Friday the 13th Part IV

    October 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

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