English playwright and novelist John Galsworthy once said, "The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy." That bit of wisdom probably holds especially true for anyone in show business. Even the most glamorous, celebrated and lauded stars in Hollywood had to start at the start, the bottom of the proverbial heap, and plenty of them found that early breaks in their careers came in the form of roles in horror flicks.
Some of those gigs led to immediate success, while others were the start of a longer journey to fame and, presumably, a lot more roles to choose from. Scouring the cast lists of cinema’s bloodiest genre for diamonds in the rough turns up more major players than one might think. Some of the following are well-known debuts and early roles that made stars out of unknowns, while others are smaller roles in largely forgotten or overlooked movies, that the stars themselves may look back on fondly as early opportunities, but would likely be quite glad never to watch again.
Without further ado, here is a look at 18 careers that saw their fair share of corn syrup drenched sets in their early days in the industry.