Who Became Famous From the Halloween Movies?

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Famous Actors and Actresses that Started In the Halloween Franchise

The Michael Myers Halloween films date back to 1978 and have featured some pretty radical kill scenes…however, there were some truly talented actors and actresses who got their big break from starring in one of these horror slashers.  The franchise was such a success, right from the start, that it spawned success that would be experienced across a number of careers! Check out some of the biggest winners from the horror favorite that is the Halloween franchise.

Actors Made Famous From Starring in the Halloween Movies

Jamie Lee Curtis

As a horror movie icon from her time spent as Laurie Strode in 7 of the 13 Halloween movies (including the in-production 2018 film), she cannot be ignored as a clear number one winner emerging from the franchise. Jamie’s first role of any real notoriety absolutely boils down to the first Halloween movie in 1978.  She put on a fantastic performance fleeing her brother back then, and has since graced the horror franchise with her presence in subsequent chases throughout the years. Jamie Lee Curtis’ character might be one of the only people able to truly understand, control, trap or otherwise kill her famed Halloween-killing brother, Michael Myers.

Josh Hartnett

Josh got pretty good traction in the horror genre, and specifically was very positively received in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Playing John, the son of Laurie Strode, he is one of the prime targets when Michael Myers returns to wreak havoc! Josh and Jamie have a seemingly instinctual dynamic between them that makes their mother-son relationship in the movie feel extremely natural and real.  Honestly, Josh does so well that it is pretty unbelievable that Halloween was his first feature film.

Jodi Lyn O’Keefe

Like Josh Hartnett, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe’s first hollywood movie credit rests well with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).  Jodi Lyn plays Sarah, who suffers one of the most terrifying deaths of all of the Halloween movies, including the use of a dumbwaiter!  Sarah’s character may not have survived the entire flick, but her death was not in vain…for Jodi Lyn’s performance would launch the successful career she enjoys today.

Tony Moran

The first actor to play Michael Myers in the Halloween original (1978), was Tony Moran.  Although he would receive a small amount of work throughout the following few decades, it seems the last few years have been much better to Tony.  Perhaps he is finally getting the recognition he deserves for his stellar performance as one of the first most horrific slashers, who changed the horror genre forever!

Nancy Stephens

Crazy Dr Loomis’ nurse, Marion can be found in 3 of the Halloween films. Before the 1978 Halloween hit, Nancy would only achieve success in TV…making Halloween her break out movie role!  She reprises her role in Halloween II (1981) and again in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). Unfortunately, Marion is killed off rather early in the beginning of the 1998 film, along with the explained death of Dr Loomis.  Still, Nancy died with dignity and put on a heck of a show!

LL Cool J

It is true that LL Cool J had a small handful of roles before Halloween H20…however, many attribute his break out “on-screen” role to Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). LL Cool J played a likable protagonist (Ronny), an inspiring erotic novelist working as a very convincing security guard.  He almost gets murdered by Michael and narrowly escapes an almost fatal accident to end up surviving! After the experience, Ronny decides to write a romantic thriller.

Larisa Miller

Larisa also received her first feature film role in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), like many others. She played Claudia, who barely survives an encounter with Michael Myers while taking her daughter to the bathroom in the beginning of the movie. She would go on to have a small bit of success in TV, however, must have chosen to retire after 2007…despite a career seemingly on the uprise from her part in the movie.

Other Hollywood Icons and Legends Who Got Their Start in Halloween

Severed head from Halloween Horror Movie

John Carpenter

John Carpenter is an extremely talented individual, contributing a number of credits to so many titles throughout his career. He even contributed to the Halloween soundtrack, writing the main theme song to Halloween that still makes the audience tremble today.  It is more than arguable that Halloween could have been Carpenter’s true break out role as a director…as it is much more widely known than his only real prior hit, Assault on Precinct 13.  And Carpenter, without a doubt, was the spine of the original Halloween movie.

Rick Rosenthal

Another famous director responsible for a lot of hits that are enjoyed today, Rick Rosenthal, got his big feature film break directing a Halloween film.  Rosenthal was responsible for Halloween II, which is amazing considering the success of the first film and Rosenthal only having a single episode of TV as experience in directing. Regardless, he would produce an incredible scare that has been admired for years to come that is the first sequel in the hit horror franchise.

Final Notes About the Halloween Franchise

It would not be right to address famous actors and actresses getting a big break from the Halloween movies without mentioning the actor who famously played Dr Loomis.  Donald Pleasence is a huge part of the story line and suspenseful drama throughout the movies.  While Donald was widely known and quite famous before assuming the role of the demented killer’s mental doctor…there is no questioning his notoriety and glory living on larger and more vibrant than ever through the Halloween films.

There is absolutely no doubt that the horror franchise, especially the slasher sub-genre, would ever be the same without the influence from the Halloween franchise horror films.   Each person played their part (pun intended), creating the legend the still haunts the screen on the occasional Halloween. And while Michael Myers may be immortal through his on-screen terror, he could not have done it alone.  Without the collaborated effort of all the crew and cast involved in the making of the Halloween movies, these movies simply would not be the polished horror we know them as today!

Who Became Famous From the Jaws Movies?

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Famous People Who Acted in a Jaws Movie

Although there were only 4 Jaws movies, it certainly feels like there were going to be more. In fact, there is even a joke about it in Back to the Future Part II which features a “Jaws 19” holographic movie promotion.  Still, there are a number of Hollywood gems who sparkle throughout the sea fairing horror film.  And while some are more notable than others, Jaws has done a great job in truly bringing out the best in many! Let’s go over some of the biggest Jaws stars, who weren’t so big when they took the role.

Who Got a Big Break in the Shark-based Horror Franchise, Jaws

Roy Scheider

Although Roy had a somewhat lengthy career pre-Jaws, he had remained mostly an unknown.  He was also not Spielberg’s first choice.  He did, however, turn out very well and the film would not be the same had anyone else been cast as Chief Martin Brody.  After Jaws, Scheider would receive many other roles and see a very fruitful career, all the way up until his death in 2008.

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard is a super convincing oceanographer, Matt Hooper.  Basically, Richard plays the role of an educated pursuit of the unknown very well and his character develops into an extremely resourceful survivor by the end of it all!  Richard most certainly contributed to the stellar performance that is Jaws…so much so he would go on to see a great deal of additional success throughout his career (even to this day)!

Lorraine Gary

Although Lorraine would retire shortly after her success in Jaws, she would retain her role as Ellen Brody from the original Jaws film, two more times (playing in a total of 3 Jaws films). She also starred in 1941 and a couple other hits post-Jaws involvement.

Jeffrey Kramer

After Jeffrey played Deputy Hendricks in the Jaws franchise, he found a great deal of success both as an actor and a producer alike.

P.H. Moriarty

Mr. Moriarty started acting much later in life than most…however, saw a skyrocket in the value of roles offered to him after he played Jack Tate in Jaws 3-D (1983). He would go on to be known for hits such as Patriot games and ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’.

Dennis Quaid

Although it could be argued Dennis got his start in a number of films, some predating his role as Mike Brody in Jaws 3-D, he most certainly saw a tremendously GREAT DEAL of success post-Jaws.  Dennis  is known for starring in blockbusters like: Frequency, Far from Heaven, In Good Company, The Day After Tomorrow, and Vantage Point.

Simon MacCorkindale

Jaws 3-D also spawned success for actor Simon MacCorkindale…who played Philip FitzRoyce in the shark-terror flick.  Post-Jaws, Simon would be offered roles such as Professor Jonathan Chase in Nightman and Peter Sinclair in Counterstrike.

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson played Kelly Ann Bukowski in Jaws 3-D and then shortly thereafter be noticed for the Back to the Future franchise.  Lea would receive the valuable role of Lorraine Baines in all three of the Back to the Future movies…as well as a well-sought after role of Beverly in Howard the Duck.

Jaws horror movie painting of a shark attacking a man on a boat

Karen Young

Like Lea Thompson, Karen luckily received her role in the Jaws franchise relatively early in her career. She was cast as Carla Brody in Jaws 4: The Revenge (1987). Subsequently, she would receive notable roles in hits such as 9 ½ weeks (as Sue), Torch Song Trilogy (as Laurel), and Daylight (as Sarah Crighton).

Final Notes About the Jaws Franchise

Despite the many actors and actresses which have found fame and greater success from playing in a Jaws movie…there are many other performers who have contributed greatly to making the Jaws franchise what it is today.  If it were not for the many well-known associated actors and considered actors (who didn’t take the role or were turned down), the brand would never have provided so much fuel for those who needed the big break!

A special tip of the hat goes to Robert Shaw, who played Quint…a Horror Enthusiast favorite!

Who Became Famous From the Saw Movies?

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 Any Famous People Come From Saw?

The Saw movies are one of the most gruesome and sadistic horror franchises of them all!  As much as the franchise focuses on the torture and suffering of its death scene victims…a few talented performers had their break out role in a Saw movie.  Here are some of the most prominent actors and actresses which got their real start from dying in a Saw movie…

Leigh Whannell

Wayne is well known today for his roles in the Insidious franchise, among other films. Before Insidious, however, Leigh played Adam Faulkner-Stanheight in the original Saw movie…where all his magic began!

Erik Knudsen

The younger actor playing Detective Matthew’s son in Saw II, Erik Knudsen, saw a plethora of opportunities after his performance in the Jigsaw torture house! Being that Erik was only 16 at the time of the first Saw movie, he has had the opportunity to grow more diversely into the opportunities that have been presented.  Some of Erik’s more recent work includes: Youth in Revolt (2009), Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010), and Scream 4 (2011).

Shawnee Smith

Although Shawnee was known from the movie “The Blob” in 1988, it was not until she assumed her role of Amanda Young in the Saw franchise that she received mainstream success. Although she would receive many other roles in a number of other projects after the original Saw, she would also go on to play Amanda 3 more times in Saw II, Saw III and Saw VI.

Tobin Bell

Tobin Bell as Jigsaw

There may be a little hesitation in adding Tobin Bell to this list, as he did have a huge acting history before Saw (dating all the way back to 1979, in fact).  Truth be told, however, most of Tobin’s roles were uncredited or too insignificant to land him mainstream publicity.  Playing John Kramer (aka Jigsaw) in Saw (2004), nearly 25 years after his first movie role, landed Tobin his international fame and household recognition status.  Tobin would reap continued success from the Saw franchise for years to come.

Michael Emerson

Michael is another actor who had many roles before Saw, but did not seem to achieve mainstream success until making an appearance in Saw. After his role in the first Saw movie, Emerson would be picked up for a number of big projects and lead roles including: 4 seasons of Lost (TV), 5 seasons of Person of Interest (TV), and even the Joker in the 2013 Batman movie!

Final Notes

The Saw franchise is most notorious for the torture devices and creepy Jigsaw killer (doll included). Although the number of actors and actresses which get funneled through the death scenes is rather large, very few of the faces seem to turn up mainstream success afterwards.  Still, the movies are made in an extremely realistic fashion and all actors or actresses who die a Jigsaw death deserve a round of applause!

Who is the Smartest Horror Movie Killer?

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Horror Movie Killer With the Highest IQ

Of all the horror movie killers, some are just smarter than the others! And as a horror fan, one realizes rather quickly that the variations between franchises and movies can be rather diverse. Some horror movies feature super smart killers who are able to outwit nearly any protagonist…keeping the audience’s jaw dropped to the floor. Other horror movies invite super dumb killers to the screen who chase their victims best, but with little to no cunning or wit at all! Ultimately, all horror movie killers can be ranked by IQ and their intelligence in kills.

Horror Movie Killers, Ranked by Intelligence (IQ)

The Horror Enthusiast has included the most notable killers along with their IQs. Here is a complete list of our favorite horror movie slashers and killers ranked by intelligence!*

*Killer must star in at least 3 films to be considered.

Jigsaw [IQ: 158]

jigsaw killer iq

Saw’s Jigsaw Killer, John Kramer is so smart that he continues to kill movie after movie, even after his physical character has died.  One of the most influential factors which make Jigsaw #1 Smartest Horror Movie Killer, is that he planned all of these additional killings (in one fashion or another) in advance of his own predicted death. If planning weren’t enough, Jigsaw’s traps are absolutely reeking of genius.

Pinhead [IQ: 154]

what is pinhead's iq

Hellraiser’s Pinhead is an interesting killer. He is ominous and speaks with authority. He uses a wide variety of psychological terrors and torture methodology to kill his victims. He is also classified as a demon, making his restrictions a little more divine and his limitations a little greater. He is a powerful and an extremely intelligent killer with aspirations to take over the world!

Hannibal Lecter [IQ: 140]

Hannibal Lector's iq

Silence of the Lambs brings Hannibal Lecter, who is a devious killer able to literally cut open someone’s skull, remove, cook and eat the victim’s brains, all right in front of their eyes!  Hannibal is educated, assumes the identity of a doctor, and convinces others to kill and mutilate, making him a super manipulative killer, and the third most intelligent horror movie killer.

Freddy Krueger [IQ: 121]

what s freddy krueger's iq

Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger is a little predictive, but still puts on a really good show. Freddy pulls off a number of creative deaths and outsmarts a lot of really resourceful protagonists. One of the most important factors to consider, is that Freddy often comes back for victims that have survived the past movies, finding new ways to overcome and slay them. Freddy Krueger maintains a respectable 4th place when it comes to horror movie killer IQs!

Chucky [IQ: 111]

what is chucky's iq

Child’s Play’s Chucky is a doll inhabited by a desperate fugitive serial killer, Charles Lee Ray.  Charles is not too bright himself, often being outwitted or otherwise outdone by a child or other dimwit character.  However, given the nature of most other horror movie killers, Chucky still rakes in a strong fifth place!

Ghostface [IQ: 102]

what is ghostface's iq

Scream’s Ghostface killer ends up being two of the high school students involved in the plot from the start.  Protagonist Sidney Prescott’s boyfriend (Billy) and her friend (Stu) are the killers, sharing the same outfit in order to manipulate the characters throughout the scenes faster and with less suspicion. Still, a team of high school killers hatch a plan smart enough to outscore a lot of the more traditional hack and slash jobs!

Michael Myers [IQ: 78]

what is michael myers iq

Halloween’s Michael Myers has a variety of movies to showcase his intelligence, but he just doesn’t meet the bar! He is constantly outsmarted by characters that get away time and time again…most notably being Dr Loomis, who can be found in a number of Halloween movies constantly trying to reacquire and actually track Michael Myers.

Jason Voorhees [IQ: 69]

what is jason voorhees's iq

Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees is portrayed as a disabled child in Freddy Vs Jason (2008) and has had several other references made throughout his films insinuating he is mentally challenged. He still manages to kill an astronomical amount of people rather quickly…probably because he is too stupid to play with his food!

Leatherface [IQ: 67]

what is leatherface's iq

Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface wins the award for the most deranged killer, being that the character is literally mentally challenged. Leatherface is supposed to be the result of a redneck, Texas inbred family (referenced in some of the flicks themselves), who lives life by following family orders.  Still, as low of an IQ as Leatherface might have, he is no less entertaining, finding ways to make the same types of kills interesting every time!

Final Words About the Smartest Horror Movie Villains

Not all of the killers we see in horror flicks are slashers, making the running a lot harder for first place! There are many creative ways a smarter killer is able to showcase a death and a lot of these movies feature proof of exactly that! 

Have a killer you’d like to see ranked? Leave your comment below and we’ll assess the monster/slasher and add them to the list!

Who is the Voice of Billy the Puppet From Saw? [Saw Facts]

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Is the Voice of Billy the Puppet Familiar?

The scary little tricycle riding puppet from the Saw movies, more formally known as ‘Billy the Puppet’ is one of the most terrifying props used throughout the franchise.  His oversized head and creepy eyes let the Saw victims and the audience know that danger is imminent. Usually Billy is around to explain to the victims why they are in the trap to begin with and the general rules of the game.  He also tells people how to survive the games.  James Wan (the original Saw director) did a great job making the puppet from scratch himself.  However, many Saw fans still want to know, who plays Billy the Puppet as far as casting goes (what real life actor is credited with Billy the Puppet)? Who is the Billy the Puppet voice in Saw?

Tobin Bell Voices Billy the Puppet

Billy the Puppet is very diabolical in appearance. But the news the puppet has to relay is much scarier! That said, the actual voice used for the puppet to speak to the victims about the traps they are in…is all Tobin! He is the complete villain package, both playing the vigilante-style sympathetic killer that is John Kramer (the Jigsaw killer), as well as being able to voice his own accomplice-puppet!

Tobin Bell is a very talented actor. Whether he is showing face on the screen itself or simply loaning his voice, he knows how to captivate the audience with the power of his presence. He is without a doubt the PERFECT Jigsaw slasher for the Saw movies! And Billy the Puppet has been an excellent partner to Jigsaw.  They are truly a very good fit, and thus, it is only appropriate that the Saw puppet is voiced by Tobin himself.

Final Notes About Billy the Puppet

Rusty wheels on a little red tricycle. White gloves to match an eerie white, humanoid-like face. Black unkempt hair and a mechanical mouth that moves as the killer speaks.  Billy the Puppet stands out as one of the most horrifying props used by a horror movie killer to date!  And it even has the scariest voice to match…thanks to Tobin Bell, the voice of Billy the Puppet!