They’re ready for prime time now, but these stars of Fall 2013’s new TV lineup have haunted our screens in the past in horror roles both iconic and obscure. You may find something in their resumes to revisit, or to discover for the first time.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the title character in the much anticipated Dracula, but in 1996 he appeared in the horror comedy Killer Tongue with Robert Englund and Doug Bradley.
Bradley Whitford of Trophy Wife was Steve Haley, a technician that works at the Facility in Cabin in the Woods; he also played Dr. Daniel Trepko, a villain in the X-Files “monster of the week” episode “Firewalker.” Marcia Gay Harden, who co-stars in Trophy Wife as Whitford’s first ex wife, played Mrs. Carmody in The Mist.
Hostages star Toni Collette of course starred as Lynn Sear in The Sixth Sense. Among other horror appearances on his resume, Dylan McDermott played evil boss George Gatlin in the Tales From the Crypt episode “This’ll Kill Ya.”
James Spader of The Blacklist played gang leader Dutra in The New Kids in 1985, and in 1988’s Jack’s Back, he played a serial killer who paid homage to Jack the Ripper in Los Angeles.
Orlando Jones of Sleepy Hollow was Ezra Traylor in From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter. Jones’s costar Katia Winter appeared as Ada in the 2007 Italian horror film The Seer.
Nathan Corddry of Mom played Stephen Harding in 6 Souls, and costar Spencer Daniels starred as Eli in 2012’s Last Kind Words.
Back in the Game‘s Maggie Lawson played Samantha the Bride in the “In Sickness and in Health” episode of Fear Itself; her TV dad James Caan, who you may have heard of, starred in the horror classic Misery.
Ironside‘s Brent Sexton, who plays the titular detective’s former partner, appeared in two X-Files episodes: “Medusa” and “Patience.”
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland‘s White Rabbit John Lithgow gave me a serious case of the creeps in Brian De Palma’s Blow Out; co-star Naveen Andrews played the zombie gas supplier in Planet Terror.
Michael J. Fox has his own show once again, aptly titled The Michael J. Fox Show. We remember him as psychic Frank Bannister in The Frighteners, and as the prosecutor in the Tales From the Crypt episode “The Trap.”