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The Best Horror Movie Cameos From Horror Icons, Ranked

List RulesVote up your favorite cameo appearances from horror legends.

Cameos in horror films are always fun, whether they're from the actors who portrayed the best horror icons, the directors of our favorite slashers, or the special effects artists behind all the blood. Even though the scenes may only take up a few minutes of screen time, they can be as shocking and memorable as the rest of the film. Sometimes actors from the original film even show up for seconds in the remake.

Vote up on your favorite cameos by horror icons, and keep your eyes peeled next time you watch these horror films.

  • Bill Murray has a surprising cameo as himself in the middle of Zombieland when mega-fan Tallahassee leads the group to Murray's mansion.

    Surprised to find Murray alive and not a zombie, Tallahassee and his idol reenact a scene from the horror-comedy classic Ghostbusters. It's hard not to smile when he says, "Don't cross the streams!"

    Great cameo?
  • The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 psychological horror classic centering on the relationship between Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a serial killer/psychiatrist, and Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), an FBI trainee who needs his help.

    George A. Romero, the writer/director of Night of the Living Dead and its sequels, pops up in The Silence of the Lambs to escort Clarice away after she confronts Hannibal.

    Great cameo?
  • In the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, written by James Gunn and directed by Zack Snyder, a group of strangers barricade themselves in a mall in order to protect themselves from zombies.

    Makeup artist Tom Savini, who also cameoed in the original film, has a small part in the remake as a police officer.

    Great cameo?
  • Heartthrob Johnny Depp had his film debut in the original The Nightmare on Elm Street as Nancy's boyfriend Glen Lantz, who suffers a very memorable (and bloody) end by the knifed hand of Freddy Krueger.

    Despite Glen not surviving for the sequels, Depp does return to the franchise for a quick appearance in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare as the host of a televised public service announcement who uses a frying pan and egg to show the harmful side effects of drugs. Krueger then knocks him out using the pan.

    Great cameo?