These Are the Last Actors We Thought We’d See in Horror Films

Kate Hudson, is that you?

Amy Adams and horror aren’t exactly synonymous, but (believe it or not) the Oscar nominee has a slasher flick in her filmography: The classic, ridiculously underrated Psycho Beach Party (2000). And Amy is a campy delight in the romp.

She’s one of many actors you’d be surprised to know dabbled in fright fare at some point in their careers. Jennifer Aniston (yes, as in Rachel Green), Jim Carrey and Kate Hudson can proudly say they were (brief) scream kings and queens. And there’s more against-type goodness where that came from. Allow us to explain.

  • 1 Kate Hudson, The Skeleton Key (2005)
    Universal Pictures
    Kate plays Caroline, a hospice nurse who takes a gig looking after an old woman (Gena Rowlands)’s ailing husband at their creaky New Orleans manor. It’s a voodoo-tastic flick with a pretty surprising ending. We won’t spoil it for you, but one thing is certain: It’s certainly not How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2001).

  • 2 Jim Carrey, The Number 23 (2007)
    New Line Cinema
    Yes, the King of Funny knows how to get serious. In this psychological thriller, Walter (Jim) becomes darkly obsessed with a book about the number 23, which he feels mirrors his own life. Not a home run, but it’s thrilling to see Jim play something so radically different.

  • 3 Jennifer Aniston, Leprechaun (1993)
    Trimark Pictures
    Jennifer (another rom-com goddess) got her start in this cult classic. She portrays Tory Redding, a young girl who—along with her father—accidentally release a murderous leprechaun from an enchanted spell. And then he goes on a killing spree. Good going, Rachel!

  • 4 Brittany Snow, Prom Night (2008)
    Screen Gems
    The Pitch Perfect (2012) actress starred in this not-so-chipper horror film about a deranged psychopath who kills a young girl’s family, goes to prison and then returns on her prom night for a final showdown. Quite a departure from John Tucker Must Die (2006) and Hairspray (2007), right? Brittany also flexed her horror muscles again in 2012 with the gory Would You Rather.

  • 5 Katherine Heigl, Bride of Chucky (1998)
    Universal Pictures
    The Grey’s Anatomy alumna tangoed with Chucky and his evil doll wife Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) in the third (and perhaps best) Child’s Play sequel. C’mon. You know you love this shit.

  • 6 Matthew McConaughey, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
    Columbia Pictures
    Before he established his role as Creator of All Wet Dreams, Matthew played a twisted backwoods hick with a taste for MURDER in this Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel. It’s not for the faint of heart (or people who still want to find Matthew flaw-free).

  • 7 Amy Adams, Psycho Beach Party (2000)
    Everyone starts somewhere, right? For Amy, that was Marvel Ann in this comedy horror film about a girl who thinks she has a split personality that causes her to kill her friends…like a psycho. A far cry from acting opposite Meryl Streep in Doubt (2008), eh?

  • 8 Hilary Swank, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
    20th Century Fox
    Did you know the iconic Sarah Michelle Gellar TV series actually started as a movie? Yup. It didn’t star SMG, but it did include a young Hilary Swank. She played one of Buffy (Kristy Swanson)’s minions and gets knocked out in one horrifying (but was it supposed to be humorous?!) scene.

  • 9 Renée Zellweger, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)
    Columbia Pictures
    Renée channels her inner scream queen alongside Sir McConaughey in Massacre, and the results are more disturbing than actually scary. But it’s OK, she redeemed herself in 2003 when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Cold Mountain.

  • 10 Julianna Margulies, Ghost Ship (2002)
    Warner Bros. Pictures
    Julianna has said herself she feared her career was over after Ghost Ship, a slice of cheap-thrills horror slosh originally sold to the cast as a psychological thriller. It’s vastly different than the nuanced, interesting roles Julianne (The Good Wife) typically plays.