Acting might not seem all that important in the horror genre, but it did this year alone pearl, barbarianand Werewolf at night all had great casts whose acting added to the horror. It’s easy to single out great individual performances in horror movies, like Daniel Kaluuya in Go out or Toni Collette in Hereditarybut it’s rare that a horror film comes along where every actor in the cast is at the top of their game.
Out of Jaw to the thing to The silence of the Lambssome horror film casts have impressed Redditors with powerful performances and no baggage.
10/10 Scream (1996)
According to Redditor u/Past-Adhesiveness691, Wes Craven’s self-aware slasher satire Scream has one of the greatest horror film casts of all time. Neve Campbell is iconic in the role of Sidney Prescott, but she’s also surrounded by lovable supporting cast.
From Drew Barrymore to Matthew Lillard to Rose McGowan, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Jamie Kennedy, Henry Winkler, the cast of Scream is full of fantastic performers.
9/10 The Lost Boys (1987)
The uniquely combative, darkly comedic tone of The Lost Boys wouldn’t work nearly as well without its dedicated cast of brilliant actors. According to Redditor u/akennelley, this vampire-infested cult classic has one of the best casts of any horror film.
Jason Patric and Corey Haim star as two brothers who move to a new town with their single mother only to find it infested with the undead. Kiefer Sutherland is extremely charismatic as vampiric gang leader David Powers, while Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander are endless to watch as the Frog brothers.
8/10 Barbarian (2022)
Redditor u/hellosidney_24 named the latest horror hit barbarian as one of the best line-ups in the history of the genre. While acknowledging that the film has “a small main cast,” the Redditor writes that this small cast gave “consistently solid performances for me.” Georgina Campbell and Bill Skarsgård host the first act as two double-booked Airbnb residents before Justin Long steals the show.
Even Matthew Patrick Davis as the film’s monster, “The Mother,” manages to be both terrifying and likeable as a ferocious subterranean creature that just wants a baby to take care of them.
7/10 Aliens (1986)
Sigourney Weaver’s iconic portrayal of Ellen Ripley was backed by a strong cast of screen icons in the first film, but Redditor &/ericbkillmonger thinks James Cameron’s sequel, Foreignerhas an even stronger supporting cast when Ripley joins a band of Colonial Marines to infiltrate a xenomorph nest.
The Redditor writes that the chemistry and interaction between these actors “felt so real and natural” that it undoubtedly increased “the overall believability” of the story.
6/10 Addams Family Values (1993)
Redditor u/Comic_Book_Reader says that the cast of Values of the Addams Family “takes the cake over the first by having a more solid supporting cast.” The sequel brings back all of the legendary cast from the first, including Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christina Ricci as Wednesday, and Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester.
But it also brings supporting players like Peter MacNicol, Christine Baranski, David Krumholtz and “Joan Cusack, who is delightfully insane as Debbie.”
5/10 The Thing (1982)
John Carpenters the thing is one of the few horror films that puts its actors in the spotlight. When an alien shapeshifter invades a remote arctic facility, none of the outpost’s scientists know who to trust, so they turn to each other in a sci-fi crime unit.
According to Redditor u/Joverby, the thing is “perfectly cast and played. You know everything you need to know about each character with little screen time.”
4/10 Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
One of the aspects that makes Rosemary’s baby A horror classic so revered is that it depicts a Satan-worshipping cult with startling realism. A big part of this is a cast full of gifted actors bringing the story to life.
Redditor & The Curious Sofa Praises This Cast: “Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, [and] Ruth Gordon (who won a rare Oscar for a horror film) are all brilliant. You’re surrounded by a bunch of great Hollywood veterans. As a bonus, Charles Grodin [can be spotted] in an early role.”
3/10 Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Edgar Wrights Shaun of the Dead may be a comedic take on the zombie genre, but it has far more believable and three-dimensional characters than the average straight zombie movie. Redditor u/MembraneSweeper believes it has one of the best horror film casts of all time.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are perfectly matched in the lead roles, and the supporting cast is rounded out by screen legends like Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy, and British comedy greats like Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis and Peter Serafinowicz.
2/10 Pine (1975)
The Star by Steven Spielberg Jaw is, of course, the 25-foot great white shark that lurks in the waters of Amity Island. But it’s the human characters that make the film endlessly compelling, from Roy Scheider as Everyman’s Chief of Police to Richard Dreyfuss as a frustrated marine biologist to Robert Shaw as a seasoned shark hunter.
Redditor u/AZtoOH_82 writes, “I rewatched it not long ago and I could have seriously spent hours watching these three guys at sea. Such amazing chemistry and dialogue throughout.”
1/10 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Redditor named u/wtfisthisnoise The silence of the Lambs as a horror film with the strongest cast: “This one has both lead actor Oscars, and the supporting actors are stacked high…precious, even.” [the dog] is excellent.”
Everyone remembers the tense dialogue scenes between Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, but also Scott Glenn as Jack Crawford, Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill and Anthony Heald as Dr. Chilton are all great.
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