13 Really Fun Cameos In Horror Movies You May Have Missed
No other film genre is quite as reverent of its past as horror. Directors will often reference movies they love in dialogue, and, in some cases, they’ll bring in big-name actors they’ve worked with previously to make a cameo. Some horror movie cameos are small and hard to notice unless you know what you’re looking for, while others are in your face.
These cameos from horror films are all pretty wild, whether they’re male models playing angels or massive rock stars being taken out by hair metal demons. Each of them shows the power that an unexpected cameo can have in a horror film.
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Gremlins 2 isn't a traditional horror movie; it's not even a traditional sequel, but Joe Dante's anarchic follow-up to his scary children's film has wonderful casting (including Grandpa Munster as an action hero) and a cameo that's legitimately jarring.
In the middle of the movie, the film literally breaks down thanks to those pesky gremlins - and who shows up to get things back on track? Hulk Hogan himself. Alternatively, on home video, John Wayne takes over for Hogan.
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Scream 3 had a lot of problems during production, and while it's not one of the scariest films ever made, it does have a ton of cameos. Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith appear as Jay and Silent Bob in a film within the film, but it's Carrie Fisher who has the most bonkers scene in the movie.
When Gale Weathers and Jennifer Jolie try to get information on Sidney's mother, they run into a sassy secretary named Bianca played by Carrie Fisher. Throughout the scene, she talks about how she was almost cast in Star Wars, but Fisher slept with George Lucas. The cameo is a big wink at the audience, but Fisher makes it work.
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Johnny Depp made his film debut in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street as Glen, the boy doomed to be turned into a fountain of bed blood. Unless you've watched the entire Nightmare series, you may not know that he pops up in Freddy's Dead, the sixth film in the series.
Director Rachel Talalay was fresh off producing the John Waters film Cry-Baby, starring Depp, and she asked him if he'd pop by for a brief scene. Depp appears under a pseudonym in the credits, but it's clearly him in the riff on a "this is your brain on drugs" commercial that Breckin Meyer watches while getting high.
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Halloween has always been indebted to Psycho, not only with its casting of Jamie Lee Curtis, but also with its sparse setting and use of tension over gore. So it makes sense that Halloween H20 would bring in Janet Leigh, the star of Psycho and Curtis's real-life mother, for the series' return to form.
Leigh's part is a little more than a cameo, as she plays a secretary named Norma who mostly shares the screen with Curtis. Leigh isn't the only reference to Psycho in the film; her character also drives the same 1957 Ford Sedan - complete with the same license plate - that she has in the Hitchcock classic.
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Scream is one big meta riff on the slasher genre, so it's no surprise that it's full of cameos and references to horror's past. The most obvious cameo in the film belongs to director Wes Craven, who pops up dressed in Freddy Krueger garb as a janitor at Sydney Prescott's high school, but there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance by a horror great twice in the film.
One of the reporters hounding Sydney and Officer Dewey is none other than Linda Blair. Craven directed Blair in the 1978 TV movie Stranger in Our House and they clearly developed enough of a relationship that she said yes to a 10-second role. The next time you watch, you'll see her wearing a zebra-striped suit jacket and sporting orange-tinted hair.
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Chances are, if you've seen Trick or Treat, the hair metal horror movie from 1986, then you know that Ozzy plays a fire-and-brimstone preacher on television. The film came out at the height of the Blizzard of Ozz, and the singer was dealing with a lot of blowback from the religious right.
Ozzy clearly takes glee in lampooning the preachers who were thumping their Bibles at him throughout the '80s, and fans must have been pumped to see him hamming it up in the picture.