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  • Manuel Colon
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    With Silence Of The Lambs winning both Best Actor and Actress and The Exorcist being nominated for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor, what do you think are the best performances ever on a horror film? are those the best?

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    Scottferguson
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    Max Schreck/Nosferatu (1922)
    The ultimate Dracula, the definitive horror portrayal 

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    Eddy Q
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    Anthony Perkins in Psycho

    Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion

    Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon in Rosemary’s Baby

    Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie in Carrie

    Must watch Nosferatu soon.

    EDIT: How could I forget Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man? And a more underrated one, Philip Stone as Delbert Grady in The Shining. Chilling.

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    Malick
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    Wanted to list come unconventional choices
    – The children in The Conjuring
    – The ladys of The Descent
    – Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween (yeah, that’s right)
    – Brian Cox in The Ring 2
    – The high school students in Jeepers Creepers 2
    – actors of Let Me In

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    babypook
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    O great thread!

    Jeff Goldblum, in Cronenberg’s The Fly

    Max Schrek and Klaus Kinski, Nosferatu. both so creepy

    John Barrymore and Frederic March**, Dr Jeckel and Mr Hyde

    The cast from the original Halloween

    George C Scott, The Changeling

    Nicole Kidman, The Others

    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, The 6th Sense

    Lance Henrickson, Pumpkinhead

    The cast from The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

    The cast from The Exorcist (so iconic)

    The cast from Reanimator

    So many others….

    ***ETA: probably my favorite, Bruce Campbell in The Evil Dead series.

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    babypook
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    More…

    Christopher Walken, The Dead Zone (Oscar-worthy) and his co-star, the late great Colleen Dewhurst

    The cast from Kathryn Bigelow’s, Near Dark: Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and most of the others

    Both leads from both Let Me In and Let The Right One In

    Boris Karloff, The Mummy (and everything else he starred in)

    The cast from the original Fright Night

    Zombieland

    Carrie (!)

    and so many others…….

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    Margot Kidder – Black Christmas.

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    Kathy Bates — Misery

    Julianne Moore — Safe

    Meryl Streep — Silkwood 
    Silkwood is not a conventional domestic docudrama. The situations are protagonist finds herself in are horrifying. The movie gave me the creeps while making me upset and sad by the end. Nuclear power is the scariest villain because its real.

    Dianne Wiest — The Lost Boys 

    Gary Oldman and Sadie Frost — Bram Stoker’s Dracula 

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    nkb325
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    Best I’ve seen: Piper Laurie, Carrie

    Most Underrated I’ve Seen: Neve Campbell, Scream 

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    Milo Kunis
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    I so agree with the mentioning of Neve Campbell in Scream. Such a fantastic performance that gets overshadowed by the genre for which it appears in. 

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    How could you forget Janet Leigh in Psycho and Jack Nicholson in The Shining

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    I don’t think that either “Misery” or “The Silence of the Lambs” are horrors, so I’m not including them here.  

    My List 
    Jamie Lee Curtis in “Halloween” 
    Janet Leigh in “Psycho” 
    Lorna Raver & Alison Lohman in “Drag Me To Hell” 
    JoBeth Williams & Heather O’Rourke in “Poltergeist”
    Heather Langenkamp & Johnny Depp & Robert Englund in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” 
    Nicole Kidman in “The Others” 
    Natalie Jackson Mendoza in “The Descent”
    The Cast of “The Devil Rejects” 

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    And a more underrated one, Philip Stone as Delbert Grady in The Shining. Chilling.

    THIS! Everytime I think of The Shining it’s the bathroom scene that first comes to mind. The silence between them and around them is terrifying. Peak Kubric directing and Philip Stone is so unsettling.

    Not really an underrated one, but the Alien series really lives off of how brilliantly Sigourney Weaver conveys Ripley’s fear over and over again. There’s a genuine quality to her performances in all of the movies that is very, VERY hard to pull off, especially in a sci-fi / horror context.

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    Great topic…right up my alley!  If you do not know, I actually run my own horror awards (http://www.frightmeterawards.com) that have allowed me the opportunity to interview and chat various horror actors/directorss.   You can find the Facebook Fanpage as well and see pics of the likes of Tom Savini, Lin Shaye, Traci Lords proudly displaying their Fright Meter Award Trophies!

    But to the topic…..agree with the ones mentioned above, particularly JoBeth Williams in “Poltergeist,” and Margot Kidder in “Black Christmas.”  The other are obvious choices (Spacek, Laurie, Perkins, etc..)

    I’d add:

    Angela Bettis “May”
    Gretchen Lodge “Lovely Molly”
    Traci Lords “Excision”
    Vincent D’Onofrio “Chained”
    Isabelle Fuhrman “Orphan”
    Patty McCormack “The Bad Seed”
    Beatrice Dalle “Inside”
    Marcia Gay Harden “The Mist”
    MIchael Rooker “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”
    Melissa Sue Anderson “Happy Birthday to Me”
    Susan Tyrell “Night Warning”
    Marilyn Burns “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
    John Jarrat “Wolf Creek”
    Amy Steel “Friday the 13th Part II”
    Sharni Vinson “You’re Next”
    Karen Black “Trilogy of Terror”

    I’m sure I can think of more, but these are ones that come to mind.
     

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    Isabelle Fuhrman was awesome in “Orphan”! Another one has to be Jeffrey Dean Morgan in “The Possession”

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