25 Horror Movie Actors That Were So Creepy, Terrifying, And Amazing That They Should've Won An Oscar

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We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which horror movie performances were so amazing, they deserved more recognition. Here are some of the best responses:

Warning: There are some massive spoilers ahead!

1.First, Toni Collette as Annie Graham in Hereditary (2018)

Annie screaming at Peter saying saying, "I'm your mother. Do you understand? All I do is worry and slave and defend you"

"I’ve never seen a performance so heartbreaking and terrifying."



2.Alex Wolff as Peter Graham in Hereditary (2018)

Peter, with a bandage on his nose, crying

"Alex was severely underrated. He deserved so much recognition for his commitment to the role."



3.Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson and Red in Us (2019)

Red talking to Adelaide saying, "The shadow had to do it all herself. So you see the shadow hated the girl so much for so long

"Lupita Nyong'o should’ve won ALL the awards for Us. Phenomenal performance."


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4.Emily Blunt as Evelyn Abbott in A Quiet Place (2018)

Evelyn holding her baby and hiding from a monster in the basement

5.Florence Pugh as Dani Ardor in Midsommar (2019)

Dani screaming and crying surrounded by other women

6.Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in It (2017) and It Chapter Two (2019)

Pennywise hiding in a storm drain and saying, "A storm blew me away. Blew the whole circus away"

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7.Jack Dylan Grazer as Young Eddie Kaspbrak in It (2017) and It Chapter Two (2019)

Eddie saying that his mom wasn't protecting him and "You made me turn my back on them when I really needed them"

8.Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther in Orphan (2009)

Esther wiping her makeup away

9.Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse in Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Rosemary explaining that they are a coven and they want her baby

10.Kate Siegel as Maddie Young in Hush (2016)

Maddie crying inside her house

11.Betty Gabriel as Georgina in Get Out (2017)

Georgina repeating "No" while laughing and crying

12.James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb, Dennis, Patricia, Hedwig, Barry, Orwell, Jade, and The Beast in Split (2016)

Kevin turning into Hedwig and saying that Casey shouldn't have used a walkie talkie

13.Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin in The Witch (2015)

Thomasin summoning Black Phillip

14.Barry Keoghan as Martin Lang in The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Martin saying "Murderer? There's really no need for such a dramatic, sensational, old-fashioned word, but if you insist"

15.Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller in The Ring (2002)

Rachel turning around a chair Noah's body in it and screaming

16.Samara Weaving as Grace Le Domas in Ready or Not (2019)

Grace covering in blood laughing, swearing, and smoking a cigarette

"Samara did an outstanding job in Ready or Not."


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17.Audrey Hepburn as Susy Hendrix in Wait Until Dark (1967)

Susy crying and saying, "I'll give it to you if you just go. And not hurt me"

18.Yahya Abdul-Mateen as Anthony McCoy in Candyman (2021)

Anthony looking in the mirror in an elevator and saying "Candyman"

19.Teyonah Parris as Bri Cartwright in Candyman (2021)

Bri screaming and looking in a rearview mirror and saying "Candyman"

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20.John Goodman as Howard Stambler in 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Howard saying, "You're sorry? I accept your apology"

21.Ralph Fiennes as Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon (2002)

Francis saying, "Open your eyes and look at me. If you won't open them yourself, I'll staple your eyelids to your forehead"

"Excruciating, totally sick, and creepy."


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22.Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)

Laura looking at herself in a mirror

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23.Jennifer Carpenter as Emily Rose in The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Emily tied to a bed and yelling "You think that can save your little girl?"

"That scene in the barn must have taken so much energy. It's wild."


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24.Kurt Russell as R.J. MacReady in The Thing (1982)

RJ saying, "You were the only one who could've gotten to that blood. We'll do you last" and using a flamethrower

25.And finally, Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn as Millie Kessler and Blissfield Butcher in Freaky (2020)

Millie laughing while Blissfield cries

We can't fit everyone into one post, so what other horror movie performance do you think deserved an Oscar? Tell us in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.