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Best Performances in a Thriller/Horror Movie

here are a few of mine.

JoBeth Williams in "Poltergeist"

Adrienne Barbeau in "The Fog"

Heather Langenkamp in 'Wes Cravens New Nightmare"

Patricia Arquette in "Stigmata"

Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly"

Nicole Kidman in "The Others"

Cate Blanchett in "The t"
customcritters Tuesday 1/12/2010 at 11:07 PM | 60192
Dick Warlock-Shape

Linda Blair-Exorcist

Gunner Hanson-The original LF

Lon Chaney Jr.-He is THE Wolfman

David Emge-Stephen(Flyboy) & zombie from DOTD'78

Just a few that come to mind
kaizu Wednesday 1/13/2010 at 01:05 AM | 60206
Kathy Bates in "Misery"

Fred Gwynne in "Pet Semetary"

Tony Todd in "NIght Of The Living Dead (1990)" and "Candyman"

Patricia Tallman in 'Night Of The Living Dead (1990)"

Todd Allen in "Witchboard"

Robert Englund "Nightmare on Elm Street"
BrandyWine Wednesday 1/13/2010 at 01:24 AM | 60208
ooh man, this is hard.....heres a few that come to mind:

JOE Frank Zito/MANIAC ANTHONY Hannibal DICK the Shape ROBERT Freddy ANGUS SCRIMM....The Tall Man JAMIE LEE CURTIS...Halloween
ny ghoul Wednesday 1/13/2010 at 03:06 AM | 60210
I will list more in a bit but this one couldn't be a better pick in my book.

Fred Gwynne in "Pet Semetary"

Fred Gwynne as Judd in Pet Semetary. That film is not even on the horror map without his performance.
Horror Domain - Cursed Evil Overlord Wednesday 1/13/2010 at 03:42 AM | 60216
Jeff Goldblum, The Fly

Gary Oldman, Bram Stoker’s Dracula

John Lithgow, The Twilight Zone: The Movie

gourney Weaver, Alien

Robert Shaw, Jaws

Boris Karloff, Frankenstein

Anthony Perkins, Psycho

Jack Nicholson, The Shining
El Diablo Wednesday 1/13/2010 at 06:26 AM | 60224
Anthony Perkins, Psycho

Hands down my favorite. mply a perfect performance.
Myers31TKD Wednesday 1/13/2010 at 08:17 AM | 60225
Didn't see her name listed yet...still the first person that comes to mind whenever this question comes up

Marilyn Burns as Sally Hardesty in the original TCM.

The dinner table scene is one of the grittiest, most intense performances I've ever seen and still holds up to me after all these years.
deathrisingup Wednesday 1/13/2010 at 04:16 PM | 60234
I'm suprised Justin or Joel didn't mention this yet but how about.

Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead series

oldskool Wednesday 1/13/2010 at 10:48 PM | 60246
Jamie Lee Curtis...Halloween

Robert Englund...Freddy

Sam... Trick 'r Treat ;)
KimmyBlanks Thursday 1/14/2010 at 05:24 PM | 60264
how about Shelly Duvall from The Shinning?
BIGKen Thursday 1/14/2010 at 07:33 PM | 60268
how about Shelly Duvall from The Shinning?

Definitely... also Nicholson of course.

My first thoughts went to the entire cast of John Carpenter's THE THING.
FilmFiends Saturday 1/16/2010 at 04:25 PM | 60318