11 big Hollywood stars that were in terrible horror movie sequels

  • 11 big Hollywood stars that were in terrible horror movie sequels

Horror movies are great at churning out sequels, and most of the time, each sequel sees the quality dip, the budgets reduced and the original stars moving on to better things.

But that means that a lot of young, aspiring actors are given their break in the industry, and as we shall see, those actors go on to become major Hollywood stars.

11. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers starring Paul Rudd

The sixth instalment of the iconic horror franchise Halloween sees Michael Myers, possessed by a druid cult attempting to kidnap his niece - who has just given birth - as the cult have sinister plans for the baby.

Paul Rudd filmed his role as recurring character Tommy Doyle in the slasher, before he worked on Clueless - which many believe was his film debut - to mark his first big-screen appearance, with him being credited as his full name Paul Stephen Rudd.

Unlike a lot of the efforts on the list, The Curse of Michael Myers was a moderate success, grossing $15m in the U.S. despite going through many production problems and last-minute reshoots.

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10. Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest starring Charlize Theron

As we'll see, the Children of the Corn movie series gave roles to a number of aspiring actresses who went on to the big time, starting with Charlize Theron.

Brothers from the murderous cult are adopted and taken to Chicago by an unwitting couple, as the pair starts a supernatural series of events in their new city.

In her first film role, South African actress Charlize Theron had a small uncredited role as one of the cult's followers before going on to star in films such as The Devil's Advocate, Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road.

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9. Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering starring Naomi Watts

For the following sequel, The Gathering, Naomi Watts was brought in to play the lead, Grace Rhodes, a medical student who moves back to her Nebraska hometown only to find that the entire town's children have become possessed.

After appearing in the 1996 film, it would take another five years before Watts would become a household starring in David Lynch's mind-bending Mulholland Drive, which led to roles in King Kong, The Ring and the Divergent films.

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8. Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror starring Eva Mendes

Completing the Children of the Corn trio is Mrs. Ryan Gosling, who appeared in the fifth installment, as a group of college students who become lost in a rural town that is infested with the murderous child cult.

Mendes made her debut in the straight-to-video horror, and was so disappointed with her performance that she hired an acting coach, helping her to roles in Training Day, The Other Guys and Fast Five.

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7. American Psycho II: All American Girl starring Mila Kunis

Originally adapted from a script named The Girl Who Wouldn't Die that had no association with Patrick Bateman's murder spree, but midway through production, the script was re-written to a be about a young criminology student who is drawn to murder after an encounter with the serial-killing yuppie.

Flush from her success in TV sitcom That 70s Show, Mila Kunis misguidedly thought that starring alongside William Shatner in the straight-to-DVD horror sequel would be her pathway to the big screen.

Kunis explained: "When I did the second one, I didn't know it would be 'American Psycho II' It was supposed to be a different project, and it was re-edited, but, ooh ... I don't know. Bad."

She jokingly demanded: "Please - somebody stop this. Write a petition!"

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6. Return of the Killer Tomatoes starring George Clooney

The sequel to the cult horror B-movie spoof Attack of the Killer Tomatoes sees a mad scientist named Professor Gangreen wage war against humans attempting to launch the second coming of 'The Great Tomato Uprising', but is foiled by pizza delivery boy Chad Finletter.

Hollywood hopeful George Clooney had a couple of films under his belt when he appeared in the 1988 horror comedy as pizzeria employee and ladies’ man Matt Stevens.

The film was an expected flop, and the Cloon went on to rise to fame as Dr. Doug Ross in ER.

Looking back on his early roles, he was glad that they failed, explaining:

"I'm lucky enough, sort of in a backward way, that a lot of films that I did weren't particularly successful early, so I didn't get pigeonholed. I've been given free rein to try a bunch of different things and have them all fail at once!"

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5. Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III starring Viggo Mortensen

The second sequel to the legendary violent slasher saw a couple on a road trip encounter a perverted gas station attendant who threatens them with a shotgun, and seeking help, end up at the doorstep of the Leatherface's cannibalistic clan.

A full 11 years before he appeared in his most famous role as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movies, Viggo Mortensen played a crazed hitchhiker named Tex, a member of the Leatherface family who helps in violently and gorily killing the road trippers.

The third Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie was one of Mortensen's first roles and he was described by R.A. Mihailoff - who played Leatherface - as "a very serious, intense guy. We only had a few scenes together, but I remember very distinctly what a good actor he was."

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4. Jaws: The Revenge starring Michael Caine

Long after Steven Spielberg had left the Jaws franchise, the fourth installment saw the widow of Chief Brody convinced that she is being targeted by sharks because of the death of the sharks in the first two Jaws films.

Among the cast of the 1987 horror, including Lorraine Gary and Mario Van Peebles, was Michael Caine, playing carefree pilot Hoagie.

Caine, who already had an impressive career with Oscar-nominated performances in Alfie, Sleuth and Educating Rita, at the time of shooting explained: "it is part of movie history... the original was one of the great all-time thrillers. I thought it might be nice to be mixed up with that."

But since, the iconic actor has revealed his true reasons for appearing in the atrocious shark sequel, famously stating:  "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific!"

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3. Critters 3 starring Leonardo DiCaprio

The third installment of the famous(?) Critters tongue-in-cheek horror series saw the carnivorous, furballs from outer space attack the residents of an L.A. apartment block.

The direct-to-video Critters 3 marked the film debut of a 17-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio playing Josh, a character DiCaprio described as "your average, no-depth, standard kid with blond hair."

Later, the star of The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street and Inception stated: "I admit I've done a few lousy roles in the beginning of my career, like my role in Critters 3. But at that age, you'll do anything for attention!"

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2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation starring Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger

A half-sequel, half-remake to the classic Leatherface horror movie was made in 1994 with a staggeringly low budget of $600,000, as four teenagers celebrating their prom get lost in the woods after crashing their car and are found by Vilmer, Leatherface's brother, who then brings them back to the cannibal's family house for bloody violence.

In some of their first roles, future Oscar winner Renée Zellweger plays Jenny, one of the teens, while future Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey plays the bug-eyed Vilmer, one of the sadistic cannibals.

The film's release was held back for three years while distributors Columbia Pictures waited for the release of Jerry Maguire, which would catapult Zellweger to stardom, while McConaughey, knowing this was their plan, had his agent reportedly put pressure on Columbia to not release the film at all.

Eventually, the film received a limited release in 1997 and was widely-panned by critics, proving why Matthew McConaughey was reluctant to be associated with such a stinker.

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1. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later starring Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams and Joseph-Gordon Levitt

One of the more star-studded of horror sequels was the seventh installment of the Michael Myers slasher which sees Laurie Strode, who had faked her death and changed identity to escape the supernatural serial killer, once again being hunted down by the masked slasher.

Jamie Lee Curtis - who made her film debut in the first Halloween - returns as Laurie, while Josh Hartnett - who would breakthrough with The Faculty also released in 1998 - played her son John.

As well as that, in the same year that she would join the cast of Dawson's Creek, Michelle Williams played John's girlfriend Molly, while a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was appearing in 3rd Rock from the Sun, had a small role as a neighbour.

Think about how much star power would be in the film if it was made now.

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