Horror as a genre itself is so exciting and enticing that a competent bunch of actors playing either the hunter or the hunted is like a surprise holiday bonus. With changing times and the audiences getting smarter by the day the concept of selling fear has undergone 360 degree changes. This has proved to be a boon for actors who are now given the task of bringing something new to the much used and abused genre of horror. With more offbeat directors trying their hands at horror and changing the landscape of cinema with their unique blend of aesthetics and psychological insights – a new era of horror films has come upon us. Here is a list of the 10 best acting performances in horror films by actors of different decades.
10. Linda Blair, ‘The Exorcist’ (1973)
Linda had the most taxing task of lending a tone of authenticity to a film which was heavy on prosthetic and visuals. Although the film had a strong script full of the right amount of scares needed to give the audiences a mild heart attack, it would never have worked if she wasn’t convincing enough. To play a young girl possessed by an evil force is never easy and it was particularly tough for her because she had no precedent to look for inspiration. Her nightmare inducing performance was a combination of the right guidance given by her director William Freidkin and the reliance on her inborn histrionic abilities. All her hard work paid off when she won a Golden Globe for Best supporting Actress. She reprises her role in the sequel which came out four years later.
9. Haley Joel Osment, ‘The Sixth Sense’ (1999)