Actresses’ Horror Beginnings

A few days ago I made a post about famous actors who got their early break in film by appearing in horror movies.  I now present to you a group of very lovely actresses who also got their first break in the world of horror.  Enjoy.

Eva Mendes in Children of the Corn V:  Fields of Terror


Before she was Denzel’s sexy mistress in Training Day, Eva Mendes was in this straight to video sequel in 1998.

Jennifer Aniston in Leprechaun


Before she was your favorite Friend, Jennifer Aniston played the Final Girl in this campy 1993 classic.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Troll


Before she was the iconic Elaine on Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was in this ridiculous B-Movie from 1986.

Julianne Moore in Tales from the Darkside:  The Movie


Before she had her breakout role in PTA’s Boogie Nights, Julianne Moore played a part in this classic anthology film from 1990.

Katherine Heigl in Bug Busters


Before she was Dr. Izzie Stevens in Grey’s Anatomy, the beautiful Katherine Heigl was in this weird horror-comedy from 1998.

Michelle Williams in Species


Before she was Dawson’s love interest, Michelle Williams played the young Sil in this classic sci-fi flick from 1995.

Naomi Watts in Children of the Corn IV:  The Gathering


Before she got her big break in another horror movie, The Ring, Naomi Watts was in this campy straight to video sequel from 1996.

Renee Zelweger in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:  The Next Generation


Before she started keeping a diary about her dating life, Renee Zelweger was in this classic, underrated “remake” of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  

Sharon Stone in Deadly Blessing


Before she spread her legs in the interrogation room, Sharon Stone was the lead in this horror gem from 1981.


5 thoughts on “Actresses’ Horror Beginnings

  1. Nice post! Definitely love the Children of the Corn series and 4 and 5 were two of the best ones. I also love the TCM : Next Generation, even though most people hate it. You’re right, it was really underrated 🙂

    • I never realized it either up until a few years ago. So many get their start in horror and we don’t realize it. For all we know the next Tom Hanks could’ve got his first big break in Shark Night 3D.

  2. I got a couple more for you, Jamie Lee Curtis, definitely, and how about, Jessica Biel & Adrienne Barbeau, (don’t know if they count because they were on TV first) … I know there’s more, brain ain’t working right now.

    • I didn’t put Jamie Lee because that’s the most obvious one. I wanted to put a list of people together where you said to yourself “she was in a horror movie”? Thanks for the suggestions though. And props for mentioning my favorite 80s scream queen, Adrienne Barbeau.

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