Hollywood had to start somewhere, and a great many of them have dipped their toes into he creepy end of the pool at least once over their careers. It's usually before they become famous, but it can happen at any time.
In this edition of Before They Were Stars, we've got the 3 stars from the banner above; 2 of the best actors in the world who starred in two of the worst Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequels; the stars of Mad Max before they traveled down Fury Road together; one of the hottest women in history; one of the Fast & Furious; and George Clooney.
You can check out the previous edition of Before They Were Stars by clicking the label at the bottom of the post.
Horror Experience: Urban Legends: Final Cut (above), All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.
Currently Famous For: He's Cullen Bohannan!
Hell on Wheels is quietly one of AMC's best shows, and a truly under-appreciated show in general. That's thanks largely in part to the fact that Anson Mount makes for one of TV's baddest bad-asses, Cullen Bohannan. As rough & ready as he is on Hell on Wheels, it's hard to imagine him playing a sniveling, douchey film student like he did in the Urban Legends sequel, but he did.
We won't hold it against him though.
Horror Experience: Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (above), Urban Legends: Final Cut.
Currently Famous For: Being hot.
Eva Mendes has been in all kinds of great movies over the years, which makes it even more amusing that she got her start in a shitty Children of the Corn sequel. A paycheck is a paycheck, though. At least she was in better company when she starred in Urban Legends: Final Cut.
Horror Experience: Stir of Echoes (above), Urban Legends: Final Cut.
Currently Famous For: She's Emma Swan!
The last of our Final Cut alumni, Jennifer Morrison actually got her start the year before playing the creepy ghost girl in Stir of Echoes. These days, she can be seen on the hit show Once Upon a Time, although we're way bigger fans of her Horror work than we are of that cheesy show.
Horror Experience: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
Currently Famous For: Being one of the best actors on the planet.
Matthew McConaughey is the perfect example of why dismissing an actor for being in a Horror movie or two is a bad practice. Sure, his turn in the worst TCM sequel is embarrassing, but the guy went on to become maybe the best actor alive, so shut up, critics!
Horror Experience: Prison, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (above), The Prophecy.
Currently Famous For: Being another one of the best actors on the planet.
Same goes for Viggo; the guy is brilliant, so let's not hold his silly role in Leatherface against him.
Horror Experience: Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest.
Currently Famous For: She's Imperator Furiosa!
Not only has she won an Academy Award, but Charlize Theron is also one of the best actresses working today, she's awesome in general, and is hot as sin to boot. Let's just for get that Urban Harvest ever happened, shall we?
Horror Experience: The Killing Gene.
Currently Famous For: He's Mad Max!
Just about as great an actor as the aforementioned McConaughey and Mortensen, Tom Hardy is no stranger to Genre work. Sure, he might not show up in many cheap Horror flicks anymore, but as long as he keeps on taking roles like Mad Max, we'll never revoke his street cred.
Horror Experience: Return to Horror High, Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (above.)
Currently Famous For: Being George Clooney.
Clooney. The awful shit he starred in in the 80's makes you wonder how he ever became one of the biggest movie stars in the world... oh wait... he's talented and likable. And handsome.
That son of a bitch!
Horror Experience: Phenomena.
Currently Famous For: For being a Goddess.
We've been crushing on her since we were kids, and until the day we die, Jennifer Connelly will always be an Eternal Hottie of the highest magnitude to us. Phenomena forever!
Horror Experience: Monster in the Closet.
Currently Famous For: Being forever in our hearts.
This one makes us a bit melancholy, but it was too good for us not to post anyhow. Until recently, we had no idea that Paul Walker had been working since he was a little kid, but that just goes to show you how much we know.
R.I.P in peace, Paul.