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The film industry is full of cameos, but the horror genre is usually the sneakiest about their cameos. While some are right there in plain sight, some are just a split second glimpse or the actor is completely covered in makeup and prosthetics and we can't quite make them out. Some of the most beloved names in horror have been strategically placed throughout some of the genres best films. Here are 20 horror movie cameos you may have missed (the pictures are not from their cameos, the videos are).

20. Nick Principe- Almost Mercy (2015)

Nick Principe is known for his tough guy roles and his abilities to disembowel people with ease. Principe is a bit of a chameleon because many times he is wearing a mask or dressed as a woman (it was one time, and he was prettyish), but on occasion he does strip off the mask. He had a small, but memorable role in the 2015 film Almost Mercy as an orderly at the mental hospital. Unfortunately, there is no video available online of his performance, but here is a picture, he is the orderly on the left.

Nick Principe Almost Mercy
Nick Principe Almost Mercy

19. Corey Taylor- Fear Clinic (2014)

Corey Taylor is best known for being the outspoken front-man for the bands Slipknot and Stone Sour. Taylor had a role in the 2014 horror film Fear Clinic, as Bauer, which starred horror legend Robert Englund.

18. Todd Farmer- My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009)

Todd Farmer is best known as a writer and director having written the screenplays for films such as Jason X, Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine 3D and many more, but few know that he is also an actor. Farmer has cameos in just about every film that he has written. In My Bloody Valentine 3D, Farmer had a cameo as Frank the Trucker, he had a short amount of time on screen with a sex scene and a gruesome death scene. Frank the trucker meets his demise around the 30 second mark.

17. Sheri Moon Zombie- Toolbox Murders (2004)

Sheri Moon Zombie, as everyone knows, is the beautiful wife of Rob Zombie, she is also a model, actress and clothing designer. Most people recognize her from Rob's films such as House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween, Halloween II, The Haunted World of El Super Beasto and The Lords of Salem. Sheri had a small cameo in 2004's remake of Toolbox Murders as Daisy Rain.

16. Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes (Jay & Silent Bob)- Scream 3 (2000)

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are best known by their comedy duo names Jay and Silent Bob; the pair has been making audiences laugh with their crude humor since Clerks in 1994. The pair brought their shtick to Scream 3 in a cameo on a lot in Hollywood as Gale Weathers storms out the studio door.

15. Johnny Depp- Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Johnny Depp has a Hollywood resume longer than the Bill of Rights, and like many other A listers, this chameleon got his start in horror. Genre fans remember him as Nancy's boyfriend Glen Lantz that was sucked through his bed in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street, but did you know that he returned to the franchise in 1991's Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare? He had a small cameo on an anti-drug PSA.

14. Fran Drescher- Santa's Slay (2005)

Fran Drescher is hard to miss with her larger than life personality and unique voice. She is best known for the TV series The Nanny. She had a cameo in a horror-comedy, Santa's Slay, along side other comedians like Chris Kattan. She was eventually lit on fire and butchered in the film.

13. Carrie Fisher- Scream 3 (2000)

Scream 3 was based in Hollywood, so of course it was going to boast a very high cameo rate. Princess Leia herslef, Carrie Fisher had a small cameo as Bianca the file clerk. She even poked fun at her cameo with the line, "You look like,," "Carrie Fisher? I hear that all the time".

12. Kane Hodder- The Devil's Rejects (2005)

Kane Hodder has been playing the big bad guys for a couple decades now with his portrayals of Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley and many other serial killers both real and fictional. Hodder is also a stuntman and stunt coordinator, and in 2005, he was the stunt coordinator for Rob Zombie's film The Devil's Rejects. He also has a very small, masked cameo in the film as a police officer in a gas mask. When watching the scene, he is the officer on the left when they enter the house.

11. Alice Cooper- Prince of Darkness (1987)

Shock rocker Alice Cooper has had ties to the horror genre for pretty much his entire career. He wrote a song about Jason Voorhees, songs for many other horror films and quite a few horror-themed songs, but before he wrote that song, he had a cameo in John Carpenter's 1987 film Prince of Darkness. He was the "street schizo" that kept appearing.

10. Sid Haig- Hatchet III (2013)

Sid Haig is a true legend, he has played a wide array of parts from the smallest of cameos to being the star. Haig had a cameo in the third installment of the Hatchet series as Abbott McMullen, Victor Crowley's cousin and only living relative. I will caution you, the below clip contains strong language that may be offensive, watch with caution NSFW. If you are easily offended, I would suggest not hitting play.

9. Adam Green- Hatchet 1-3

The amazing Adam Green is best known for his work behind the camera and his role in the horror sitcom, Holliston. What few catch is that he has a small cameo in pretty much every film he has written, and the best of those cameos are in the Hatchet films. In all three, Green appears as a drunk guy that has enjoyed Mardi Gras a bit too much where he can be found throwing up on the corner in the first 2 films and eventually being locked up in the third. In the clip below, Green is in the cell next to Marybeth.

8. Alex Vincent- Curse of Chucky (2013)

Alex Vincent stole our hearts as the adorable Andy, Chucky's original target. Alex reprises his role of Andy at the end of the newest installment of the Child's Play franchise, Curse of Chucky.

7. Stephen King- Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Master of horror novels, Stephen King, is known for his reclusive behavior. In the only film that he has directed, that was adapted from his short story Trucks, King had a quick, rather funny cameo in 1986's Maximum Overdrive.

6. Janet Leigh- Halloween H20 (1998)

Janet Leigh is best known for her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho as the beautiful Marion Crane. Leigh is also the mother of scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, and in Halloween H20, the pair shared some screen time. Her screen time would yield several Psycho references. Her character's name was Norma, and when she was leaving the school, she stands in front of a 1957 ford, the same car she pulled up to Bates Motel in, and the music playing in the background as she makes her exit is from Psycho.

5. Wes Craven- Scream (1996)

The horror maestro himself has had a cameo here and there including a very short one in Scream. In his cameo, he plays the school's janitor Fred with a unique fashion sense that pays homage to A Nightmare on Elm Street.

4. Linda Blair- Scream (1996)

The fantastic Linda Blair also had a cameo in Scream as a reporter. The scene happens so fast, if you blink, you missed it. Here is a slowed down version of the scene.

3. Bruce Campbell- Evil Dead (2013)

When news broke of a reboot of The Evil Dead, most fans were not pleased that Bruce Campbell was not going to be reprising his role of Ash for the film. Little did they know, there was a surprise planed for them at the end of the film, after the credits. Campbell has a small, dark cameo where he mutters the most over quoted line from the franchise, "groovy".

2. Bill Moseley- Army of Darkness (1992)

Bill Moseley's name has become synonymous with horror playing a wide array of characters. He is quite easy to recognize and his face is more times than not visible during his performances, but he dawned loads of prosthetics for a cameo in 1992's Army of Darkness as the Deadite Captain.

1. George Romero- The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The father of zombies, George Romero is best known for his work behind the camera, but in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs, he had a very brief cameo as an FBI agent. He is not wearing his trademark big, black framed glasses, he is the agent on the far side in the stripped tie around the 3 1/2 minute mark of the clip below.

Do you know of anymore, "blink and you missed it" cameos? Which cameo surprised you the most? Let me know in the comments.


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