You’re used to seeing these ironic killers from horror movies at their worst, but you deserve to see them at their best, too. Here are some instantly recognizable villains, monsters, and murderers from horror movies and how they look in real life.
10. Ari Lehman as Jason Vorhees
Ari was the original Jason Vorhees in Friday the 13th in 1980. He took a few decades off from acting until 2006 and has been working steadily since then.
9. Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger
Robert Englund first played the ironic dream killer in 1984’s Night on Elm Street, and has played the role for decades. He’s done a lot of other work during that time span, and even done some voice work in video games including the upcoming Injustice 2 where he’s doing the voice of Scarecrow.
8. Andrew Byniarski as Leatherface
The role of Leatherface has been played by many different people, Andrew is one of 7 actors to tackle the role this far. This former bodybuilder also played Zangief in the Street Fighter movie.
7. Warwick Davis as Leprechaun
Warwick got his start in Return of the Jedi where he played Wicket. He’s played other characters in later Star Wars movies, too, and been in Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and a ton more. But in the 90’s, he played Leprechaun, an angry Irishman who just wanted his gold, but it kept getting stolen. You’d eventually lose your mind and go on a murderous rampage using black magic, too, so don’t hold it against him.
6. Tobin Bell as Jigsaw
Do you want to play a game? See how many movies and TV shows you can recognize this guy from. Tobin has had a long career appearing in all sorts of recognizable roles, from ER to the X-Files to Alias. He plays Jigsaw / John Kramer in the Saw movies.
5. Tim Curry as Pennywise
There’s a remake of IT on the horizon, but the creepy clown Pennywise will always be remembered for his portrayal by Tim Curry in this Stephen King classic. If you grew up in the late 80s or the early 90s and have an irrational fear of public showers, this movie is probabally why.
4. Nick Castle as Mike Myers
Numerous actors have played Mike Myers in the Halloween franchise, but Nick Castle was the first to put on the famous pale white mask .
3. Bonnie Aarons as Valak
Valak is the demonic nun from The Conjuring 2, based on a true story of a couple of paranormal investigators and experts in the occult who tried to help a young girl who seemed to be possessed.
2. Doug Bradley as Pinhead
The Hellraiser movies are classics, and Bradley become synonymous with the Pinhead character, and is one of six actors to play the same horror role at least six times in a row.
1. Daveigh Chase as Samara
The Ring is the US adaptation of Ringu from Japan, and in the American version Samara is played by Daveigh, whose first role was in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and has was also in Donnie Darko, voiced Lilo in Lilo and Stitch, and HBO’s Big Love.