May 29

Unveil the real faces of horror icons in Hollywood movies


Although the horror characters below are very famous, not many people pay attention to who is behind the disguise as “demons”.

Since the late 60s of the 20th century, the Hollywood horror genre has blossomed with a series of successes coming from hideous, sick or disgusting horror characters that strike directly at the fear of the public. These characters quickly created a huge buzz and became the inspiration for horror movies. Let’s take a look at the real faces behind the classic horror characters of Hollywood cinema!

  1. Xenomorph in Alien (1979)
This iconic alien is portrayed by Nigerian actor, Bolaji Badejo.

2. Pinhead in Hellraiser (1987)

Doug Bradley plays the “Priest of Hell” Cenobite, fondly known as Pinhead by fans.

3. Michael Myers in Halloween (1978)

This classic horror icon was portrayed by SIX in the first movie. The man in the top center is the one with the most screen time, but the one on the right is the face you see when Michael is temporarily revealed.

Will Sandin plays a young Michael Myers but in the scene above, who is looking through his mask and grabbing a knife, it’s Debra Hill’s hand/arm (co-writer and producer).

4. The Babadook (2014)

Babadook performed by Tim Purcell

5. Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Robert Englund plays the infamous Freddy Krueger. The actor is truly dedicated to the role having appeared as Freddy in eight movies, 44 episodes of the Freddy’s Nightmare spin-off series, an episode of The Simpsons and even a video game Mortal Combat.

6. Original Pennywise from the miniseries It (1990)

Stephen King’s nightmare monster, the clown Pennywise was once played by Tim Curry.

7. New Pennywise in It part 1 & 2 (2017/2019)

The latest reboot of the Pennywise clown movie project is portrayed by actor Bill SkarsgÄrd.

8. Samara from The Ring (2002)

Daveigh Chase played the vengeful ghost and even won Best Villain at the MTV Movie and Television Awards.

9. Bughuul from Sinister (2012)

“Eater of Children” played by Nick King received several hints for the role from Kane Hodder, the actor who was cast as Jason Voorhees in the 4 Friday the 13th movies.

10. Regan/Pazuzu in The Exorcist (1973)

Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil terrorized moviegoers in 1971 and still does it today!

11. Face of Evil and Linda in The Exorcist

Eileen Dietz really played an integral role in the making of The Exorcist franchise. In some of the more intense scenes, Eileen in her 20s replaced Linda Blair from when she was 14 at the time of filming. Eileen is also the “Face of Evil” (middle image) that doesn’t have much screen time (under a second), but still haunts viewers to this day.

  1. Valek from The Conjuring 2 (2016) and The Nun (2018)
The nun who haunts all of our nightmares was portrayed by Bonnie Aarons. Interestingly, she’s also a supporting character in The Princess Diaries (middle photo).


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