Top 10: Best Horror Performances of All Time


    The horror genre never gets the respect it deserves with Oscar. However, the genre has given us some of the most incredible performances. They don’t just conjure up fear. Instead, the best horror performances use other tactics to make us feel a myriad of emotions. They can make us laugh, cry or house incredible dramatic arcs that all run parallel to the horror conventions at play.

    This week sees the release of “Us,” Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated follow up to the Oscar-winning film “Get Out.” The film stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple who’s family trip to Santa Cruz turns deadly when mysterious intruders show up. Early word on the film is incredibly strong, with Nyong’o specifically getting praised for her performance. In honor of the film’s release, let’s count down ten of the best horror performances of all time.

    10Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington in “Get Out”

    9Boris Karloff as The Monster in “Frankenstein” (1931)

    8Essie Davis as Amelia in “The Babadook” (2014)

    7Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil in “The Exorcist” (1973)

    6Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in “Psycho” (1960)

    5Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in “Misery”

    4Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson in “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?” (1962)

    3Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

    2Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

    1Mia Farrow as Rosemary in “Rosemary’s Baby” (1969)