22 celebrities you didn't realise got their start in horror movies

IMDBTurns out, a lot of celebrities got their start in scary movies.

Scary movies are usually not known for having Hollywood’s greatest actors. But, many viewers don’t even realise that they may be watching the next George Clooney, who surprisingly had his big break in the horror genre.

Many of your favourite celebs actually started out as main characters – or even the first to be killed off – in scary movies. In celebration of the Halloween season, we’re listing the most jaw-dropping celebrities who had their first major film role in a scary movie.


Justin Long starred in “Jeepers Creepers.”

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The heartthrob ignited his career by starring in this 2001 cult classic.


Madelaine Petsch had a minor role in “The Hive.”

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The “Riverdale” star got her first role playing “Current Girl #2” in this 2015 horror flick.


Jon Stewart made his first film appearance in “The Faculty.”

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Although he was already two years into “The Daily Show” at this time, he made his big-screen debut playing a high school teacher in this star-studded film. Other known celebrities who were in this horror-sci-fi mashup include Salma Hayek, Usher, and Elijah Wood.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the first victim in “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.”

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Although it wasn’t his first role, this role in the iconic horror series was one of Gordon-Levitt’s breakout role for transitioning from child actor to teen heartthrob.


Michelle Williams starred in “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.”

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Although Gordon-Levitt’s character was cut short in this seventh instalment of the “Halloween” franchise, Williams nabbed the role of a leading character that lives to tell the tale.


Renée Zellweger starred in “The Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.”

Columbia PicturesRenée Zellweger

This 1994 horror hit was one of Zellweger’s first major films. Another notable actor in this film is Matthew McConaughey.


Amy Adams starred in “Psycho Beach Party.”

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This 2000 horror-comedy flop was her first film role, according to IMDB.


Rooney Mara’s first role was in “Urban Legends: Bloody Mary.”

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She later became a prominent scream queen with her future leading role in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot, but she got her start in this teen slasher flick.


George Clooney played a minor role in “Grizzly II: The Concert.”

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The 1982 film also included then-unknown actors Charlie Sheen and Laura Dern in minor roles.


Chloë Grace Moretz was a leading character in “The Amityville Horror.”

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The horror classic was her first feature film role. She starred alongside then up-and-coming actor Ryan Reynolds.


Elizabeth Olsen starred in “Silent House.”

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Olsen started her acting career in 2011. She got her first feature film role in this cult-favourite horror sci-fi flick.


Matthew McConaughey had a minor role in “My Boyfriend’s Back.”

Paramount PicturesMatthew McConaughey

Before his breakout role in “Dazed and Confused,” McConaughey had a minor role as “Guy #2” in this ’90s horror comedy.


Ben Affleck had a minor role in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”

Not to be confused with the popular TV show, one of Affleck’s first roles on the big screen lasted for mere seconds in this early-’90s horror film.


Hilary Swank’s first film role was in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.”

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Unlike Affleck’s quick moment in the spotlight, Swank’s film debut was a prominent role in this cult classic.


Jennifer Aniston starred in “Leprechaun.”

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Before nabbing her iconic role as Rachel in “Friends,” Aniston made her film debut as the leading lady in this now fan-favourite film.


Kristen Stewart starred in “Panic Room.”

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Before becoming everyone’s favourite teen vampire lover in “Twilight,” Stewart nabbed a major role in this film. Horror veteran Jodie Foster, film icon Forest Whitaker, and then-budding actor Jared Leto starred alongside Stewart.


Katherine Heigl starred in “The Bride of Chucky.”

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One of Heigl’s first major film roles was playing Jade, the neighbour of Tiffany (aka Chucky’s bride).


Brad Pitt starred in “Cutting Class.”

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This late-’80s horror film was Pitt’s first starring role in a feature film, according to IMDb. However, this was not his introduction into the horror genre: he nabbed a single episode role in “Freddy’s Nightmares,” a spin-off show from “The Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise, that same year.


Demi Moore starred in “Parasite.”

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One of Moore’s first-ever acting credits is leading lady in this 1982 film, according to IMDb. The film currently holds an 11% Rotten Tomatoes “fresh” rating.


Charlize Theron had a minor role in “Children of The Corn III: Urban Harvest.”

IMDBCharlize Theron

The highly acclaimed actress’s first film role was as an uncredited extra in the third instalment of the “Children of The Corn” franchise.


Naomi Watts starred in “Children of The Corn: The Gathering.”

IMDBNaomi Watts

The direct-to-video film was one of Watt’s first major roles, according to IMDb. Her stint in horror didn’t stop there: she went on to later star in the frightening film “The Ring.”


Paul Rudd starred in “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.”

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The fourth instalment of the “Halloween” franchise came out the same year as Rudd’s breakout role in “Clueless.”

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