When starring in movies, these characters without a doubt make us shake with fear and horror, but then you see them in real life and you realize how normal-looking they really are, it changes everything…
Below is a list of actors and actresses who have starred in some of the most well-known horror movies, and how they look without all the make up and special affects!
Samara from The Ring, 2002 Actress: Daveigh Chase
Daveigh Chase may only be 26 years old, but she has appeared in a number of truly iconic movies and also TV shows, such as Donnie Darko, ER and Charmed. She’ll forever be known, however, as Samara in The Ring.
Jason Voorhees from Friday The 13th, 1980 Actor: Ari Lehman
The character Jason Voorhees has been played by a number of different actors, but the first to play the role was Ari Lehman. He played Jason as a youngster. During his audition for the movie Friday the 13th, they cast him immediately, telling him: “You have the necessary measurements, we’ll take you.“ The boy was only 15, and his height was 180 cm (5′ 9”)!
Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984 Actor: Robert Englund
We all know Freddy Krueger and his famous “One, two, Freddie’s coming for you” line. The mad serial killer was played by Robert Englund, and it remains his most famous role. Alongside Doug Bradley, Englund is the only actor to ever star as the main character in a horror movie eight times in a row. He still likes acting in movies, and is regularly invited to participate in horror films.
Valak from The Conjuring 2, 2016 Actress: Bonnie Aarons
Thanks to her extremely striking appearance, directors and producers find Bonnie Aarons perfect for many different types of roles. Having starred in comedies and horror movies alike, her role as Valak, in The Conjuring 2 shot her to fame, thanks to her incredible acting and horrifying make up work.
Pennywise from It, 1990 Actor: Tim Curry
Clowns have always been a big fear for many, and when the movie It came out, it didn’t really help. The movie based on the Stephen King novel with the same name still brings terrifying memories to children everywhere, thanks to Tim Curry’s excellent job as the clown.
John Kramer from Saw, 2003 Actor: Tobin Bell
John Kramer, the mastermind maniac in Saw, is Tobin Bell’s most famous role. Other than starring in the Saw movie series, he’s had many different roles in TV shows, such as ER, Texas Ranger and The X-Files.
Leprechaun from Leprechaun, 2003 Actor: Warwick Davis
Being one of Hollywood’s top dwarf actors, Warwick Davis has a height of 107cm. That doesn’t stop him from giving top acting performances, though. Other than starring in Leprechaun, he’s also played roles in Star Wars and Harry Potter.
Michael Myers from Halloween, 1978 Actor: Nick Castle
Michael Myers has been played by many different actors, one of the very first to do it was Nick Castle. The role brought him huge success and fame, however, he hasn’t acted for a long period of time now, preferring to write scripts and make his own movies.
Pinhead from Hellraiser, 1987 Actor: Doug Bradley
Fans couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the role of Pinhead in Hellraiser and it’s no surprise. Douglas Bradley has played the role in 8 movies. He has tried to find different roles in other genres, but Pinhead remains his most famous job to date.
Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, 2006 Actor: Andrew Bryniarski
Now a bodybuilder, Andrew Bryniarski once played Leatherface. He is one of 7 actors to take up the role.
Jack Torrance from The Shining, 1980 Actor: Jack Nicholson
The role that could have gone to either Robert De Niro or Robin Williams, the star of the classic movie, The Shining, was played perfectly by Jack Nicholson. Stanley Kubrick once stated that the movierunners always felt from the very start that the role was meant for Nicholson.
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