16 Actors Who Were So Perfectly Cast In Their Scary Movie Roles, I Can’t Imagine Anyone Else Playing Them

16 Actors Who Were So Perfectly Cast In Their Scary Movie Roles, I Can’t Imagine Anyone Else Playing Them

16 Actors Who Were So Perfectly Cast In Their Scary Movie Roles, I Can’t Imagine Anyone Else Playing Them

Anthony Hopkins is Hannibal Lecter.


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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors were perfectly cast in their scary movie roles. Here are the brilliant results:

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Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson/Red in Us (2019)

Adeline staring terrifyingly at Red in the cabin while Red holds her face

Universal Pictures

“She played two different characters with such ease that you had to remind yourself there wasn’t a separate performer. Whether she was Adelaide or Red, her commitment to the role was so brilliant that she portrayed the quiet, vindictive smiles and sheer terror with equal aplomb. Also, a special mention to her vocal skills — she actually did the raspy grunts as Adelaide herself. UNREAL.”



Octavia Spencer as Sue Ann “Ma” Ellington in Ma (2019)

Ma storming out of the house with determination

Universal Pictures

“Octavia Spencer literally saved the movie, and she did such a good job playing Ma. She was perfect.”



Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington in Get Out (2017)

Missy hypnotizing Chris and bringing him to The Sunken Place

Universal Pictures

“Kaluuya’s portrayal was brilliant throughout the whole movie. From the terror he experienced in The Sunken Place to the momentary helplessness when the cop car arrived in the final scene — he was brilliant in that role.”



Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Hannibal trapped in his prison cell, describing how he ate a man's liver with beans and wine

Orion Pictures

“Anthony Hopkins was perfectly deceptive and quintessentially creepy, not to mention the rapport between him and Jodie Foster as Clarice. It was arguably the best relationship between two antithetical characters — you can’t help but love it.”



Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990)

Paul looking for a knife under the mattress while Annie holds it up and asks him if he's looking for it

Columbia Pictures

“Kathy Bates was made for that role. Homicidal, delusional, enraged…the sledgehammer scene was the icing on the cake.”



Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates in Psycho (1960)

Norman Bates staring creepily into the camera in his prison cell

Paramount Pictures

“He embodied the role and made it his own. The way he was so charming and normal, to the little tics he had, to the full-blown madness — it was eerie and so well acted.”



Tony Todd as Daniel Robitaille/Candyman in Candyman (1992)

Candyman pulling out his hook hand and telling Helen he wants her to be his next victim

TriStar Pictures

“Candyman haunts me to this day. He was also in Final Destination and he scared me in that, too. The true Black king of horror.”



Sissy Spacek as Carrie White in Carrie (1976)

Carrie's mom backing away from Carrie in the kitchen, questioning her powers, while Carrie cries and tells her it's always been inside of her

United Artists

“No other actor at the time could’ve executed that level of awkwardness and innocence. So many movies take these beautiful actors and throw some glasses on them and voila! Nerd! But you could actually imagine Sissy having a hard time fitting in. Then, at the prom, she was lovely and delicate while still looking like herself, and later when they poured the bucket of blood on her, it was the ultimate transformation! Every remake hasn’t come close to how perfect Sissy was in the 1976 version.”



Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Freddy Krueger raising his claw and telling the young woman in the alleyway that his weapon was God

New Line Cinema

“Freddy Krueger wouldn’t be a horror movie icon if it wasn’t for Robert Englund. Englund brought the perfect mix of scary and funny to the role.”



Jada Pinkett Smith as Maureen Evans in Scream 2 (1997)

Maureen asking her boyfriend for money to get popcorn at the movies

Dimension Films

“Jada Pinkett Smith did what she needed to do in Scream 2, tbh! Drew Barrymore was so fantastic as the victim in the first movie’s opening sequence, but there was something about Jada’s performance that made it even more heart-wrenching to watch, I think because she was surrounded by so many people and the death was really drawn out. But her entire presence on the screen was truly iconic, and her character was super confident. I need them to find a way to bring her back in the fifth movie.”



Scatman Crothers as Dick Hallorann in The Shining (1980)

Dick telling Danny in the empty kitchen that he isn't scared of anything at the hotel

Warner Bros. Pictures

“Scatman Crothers as Dick Hallorann was one of my favorite parts of The Shining. He was so likable and funny, especially when it came to interacting with Danny’s character. He was a much-needed break from all the ghosts and murdering, and nobody could have played that role better than Crothers. There was a made-for-TV remake of The Shining several years after the Kubrick film, and the guy who played Dick in that version just…wasn’t it.”



Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Clarice insulting Hannibal that most serial killers collect things from the people they kill, but instead, he ate them

Orion Pictures

“Jodie Foster as Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs was perfect casting. Anthony Hopkins as well. I think the reason it worked so well was because it had the two of them together, rather than just one or the other. They had great chemistry.”



Eric Ruffin as Milo in The Transfiguration (2016)

Milo wiping blood off the couch with his finger and tasting it with curiosity

Transfiguration Productions

“When I first saw The Transfiguration, I didn’t know it was more of a drama with horror elements than an actual horror movie. I was nervous at first because I feel like those kind of projects can either be really good or really bad, but Eric Ruffin did such a phenomenal job at playing Milo that you couldn’t really help but get invested in the story. Did I scream in horror? No. But did I cry ugly tears at the end? Maybe so…”



Mark Duplass as Josef in Creep (2014)

Josef raising his hand for a high-five

The Orchard

“I cannot watch him in anything else without thinking of that movie. He was so perfectly unsettling without being over the top.”



Allison Williams as Rose Armitage in Get Out (2017)

Rose eating milk and cereal separately in bed while watching something on her laptop

Universal Pictures

“It almost felt like two different actors played the character in the two halves of the film. The phone call with Ray where we think she’s genuinely crying and blubbering in panic and then the camera cuts to her stony face but her voice remains as nervous and genuine? She was snubbed that year.”



And Toni Collette as Annie Graham in Hereditary (2018)

Annie yelling at her kid with great passion for being mean to her


“The screaming and crying she did in that movie was phenomenal, and I don’t think anyone else in the world could have done that performance so heartbreakingly perfect! She was terrifying, depressing, and disturbing, and I could not look away!!!”


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