Famous faces of horror: Where are they now?

They gave us nightmares. They haunt our memories. They made us freeze with fear.
These are the iconic faces of horror – scarred, twisted, gored, grimacing, blood-soaked and dripping in pure evil. But who was behind the mask, prosthetics and special effects... and where are they now?


1. Robert Englund A Nightmare on Elm Street movies

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Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep – or you’ll come face to face with your worst nightmare – Freddy Krueger. With his blade-glove, striped sweater, fedora, melted-face and deadly wit, Freddy is one of horror’s most enduring superstars. But the man who brought him to life over 8 A Nightmare on Elm Street movies is renowned in Hollywood as a friendly and charming raconteur. Englund last played Freddy on-screen in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason and has more recently starred in a variety of TV series, including Bones, Criminal Minds, Supernatural and Hawaii 5-0. He returned to his iconic character one final time in a 2016 doco focussing on the special effects make-up crafted for his dream-invading youth murderer, titled Nightmares in the Makeup Chair.

2. Lisa and Louise Burns The Shining
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No, that’s not the Olsen Twins. After being cast in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror masterpiece The Shining playing the tragic Grady daughters, real-life twins Lisa and Louise Burns have said that their fledging acting careers came to an abrupt end. It seems having a horror background left them shunned by Hollywood’s casting agents. Despite that, they cherished their time on set and have revealed that as scary as Jack Nicholson was on screen, off-screen he was a warm and caring mentor to them. Today, they enjoy successful careers away from the limelight - Lisa is a lawyer and Louise is a published scientist. The still occasionally make public appearances together – if you see them in a hotel corridor, run!

3. Kyle Richards  Halloween
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Kyle Richards was a child star who appeared in a number of 1970’s horror movies including Eaten Alive, The Car; and most famously in John Carpenter’s original landmark horror Halloween.
But Kyle gained true fame later in life – on the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which is still going strong. Along with her sister, Kim, their fabulous life of excess, drama and diva antics have kept audiences around the globe fascinated, titillated and speechless. Their epic fight in the back of a limo is one of the key moments in the Real Housewives franchise.

4. Linda Blair The Exorcist
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In 1973, Director William Friedkin and screenwriter William Peter Blatty created what is arguably still the scariest film of all time – starring 14 year old Linda Blair as an innocent young girl who becomes possessed by the devil. Her performance cause hysteria and debate; and to this day, is utterly terrifying to watch. Blair was even nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for this transformative role, which she reprised in 1977’s Exorcist II: The Heretic. She went on to forge a controversial career in a number of exploitation movies and became a sex symbol in 1979’s Roller Boogie. Now days, Blair is most known for her philanthropy, animals rights activism and humanitarian activities,  working with PETA, Feed the Children, Variety, the Children's Charity, as well as advocating for teen HIV/AIDS awareness.

5. Gunnar Hansen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 
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Who would have thought that such a sweet looking man hid behind Leatherface, surely one of the scariest horror concoctions to ever pick up a chainsaw and smash through our screens. Born in Iceland, Hansen auditioned for the role of Leatherface by chance, considering acting as a sideline to his true vocation as a writer. With numerous works published including travel writing, essays, film scripts, Hansen also even directed movies. Later in his life, he returned to acting, appearing in the 1988 horror spoof Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. He also wrote a book on the making and reception of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre called ‘Chain Saw Confidential’. Sadly, he died of pancreatic cancer in 2015. He was only 68.

6. Daveigh Chase The Ring  
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In 2002, Daveigh Chase scared the bejesus out of us as the terrifying Samara who crawled out of the well – but who would have thought that under that creepy black hair, was a swan waiting to emerge. Looking at her now, it’s impossible to imagine it’s the same person. As well as featuring in the lauded TV series Big Love, she’s appeared in numerous movies including Donnie Darko, was the voice of Lilo in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch, featured in TV’s ER and Charmed; and has forged a respectable singing career as well. In early 2017, she made headlines after a brush with the law – arrested for a traffic violation and questioned over a man’s mysterious overdose death, though it was revealed that there was no foul play, she was only taking him to hospital.

7. Ted Levine The Silence of the Lambs
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“It rubs the lotion on its skin...” We still shudder at the memory of the psychopathic skin- sewing character Jame Gumb, better known as Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs. This was Ted Levine’s break-out role and saw him typecast as a villain for many years after. But Levine deliberately moved away from dark roles and has had a long and successful Hollywood movie career - The Manchurian Candidate, Heat, Evolution, The Fast and The Furious, Ali, Memoirs of a Geisha, Shutter Island and the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. On TV, he’s featured in Ray Donovan and Lethal Weapon. But Buffalo Bill is still his most unforgettable screen creation.

8. Tim Curry IT 
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While the movie IT has taken the world by storm in 2017, we pay homage to the original 1990 Pennywise, the divinely demented Tim Curry. Not many actors have had such a diverse and distinctive career as this distinguished Englishman – Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 perennial cult hit The Rocky Horror Picture Show, voicing Darth Sidius in Stars Wars: The Clone Wars TV series and voicing Doctor Morocco in Transformers: Rescue Bots TV series. In 2012, Curry suffered a major stroke that left him in a wheel-chair, but this inimitable performer returned triumphantly to the screen for 2016’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again TV movie, this time playing The Criminologist. It was recently announced that Curry is involved in a new doco detailing the legacy of the original IT TV series, titled Pennywise: The Story of It, due to be released in 2018.

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