Before These Actors Became Stars, They Got Killed in Slasher Flicks

Everybody's got to start somewhere, right? This is true even for Hollywood's biggest stars.

Before they were acting in big budget films and thanking the Academy for their Oscars, these A-list actors cut their teeth on bloody, and sometimes horrible, micro-budget horror flicks. And since most of us will be watching a ton of these movies as Halloween creeps ever closer, we thought it'd be fun to take a closer look at the ones that introduced some of our greatest actors.

Films Against Humanity recently shared a supercut highlighting the likes of Johnny Depp, George Clooney, and Julianne Moore:

Watch Mojo gives a more thorough list in the video below, and, as always, provides a ton of information about each selection in their top 10, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Aniston, and Amy Adams:

So, before you scoff at the thought of making a garbage horror movie (I've made my fair share), just remember that they often give you the chance to experiment with and practice your craft. The horror genre doesn't ask much of its makers or its audience, which can be a good and bad thing, but if you're a new filmmaker just trying to figure out this whole filmmaking thing, then it's all good. Your directing doesn't need to be superb, your actors don't really have to know how to act -- hell, your story doesn't even have to make any sense. As long as you provide plenty of bloody carnage your audience will probably be into it. (The key, I think, is to not take this kind of film, or yourself, too seriously.)

And hey -- maybe you'll discover the next great ingénue or Oscar-winner! However, you won't know it until after they've moved on to another project, unfortunately.

Patricia Arquette and Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

What are some of your favorite pre-stardom appearances by actors in horror flicks? (I'm all about Patricia Arquette in Dream Warriors.) Let us know in the comments below!     

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What? Not even a nod to Hugh Grant in Ken Russell's 1988 classic, "Lair of the White Worm?"

October 10, 2015 at 1:53PM

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Zan Shin
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The 70s TV series "Kung Fu" was a breeding ground for future big name stars, apart from the star of the show David Carridine.
Harrison Ford and Jodie Foster amongst others all started out guest starring in it.

October 11, 2015 at 4:33AM, Edited October 11, 4:33AM

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Simon Chan
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Wow, that before they were famous video has the extended death scene of Johnny Depp from Nightmare on Elm St. where he comes back out of the bed all bloody. Ive never actually seen that before.

October 12, 2015 at 12:24PM, Edited October 12, 12:24PM

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Joe Hughes
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