It’s pretty rare for a horror movie to get an Academy Award, and even rarer for that award to go to the cast. (Quick Quiz: Which actors have won Academy Awards for horror movies? Answers at the bottom.)
Even actors who love horror movies have to look elsewhere for their field’s top accolades. But horror has been a launching ground for a lot of famous names before they were famous names: Johnny Depp (“Nightmare on Elm Street”), Jennifer Anniston (“Leprechaun”), Mischa Barton (“Sixth Sense”) and on and on. It’s hard to get a role in any movie, but with their low budgets and brutal filming conditions, horror offers a lot of talented actors their first lead roles.
Our villains got their own teaser trailers, so I’m going to focus on our victims. Here’s what you know them from and why you’re going to hear a lot more from them in the future…
Ana Ayora stars as Izzy in “Savage County,” but you can see her in “Marley and Me” and the upcoming “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out in Rio?”
Why she’ll be famous: She’s a bilingual Miami-to-L.A. transplant who just belongs on a red carpet — you wouldn’t know it from the serious valedictorian she plays in “SC,” but she’s sophisticated, sexy and has only begun to show her range.
Why he’ll be famous: A former division-one basketball player and a current martial artist, his combined acting chops and physicality are the perfect recipe for an action star.
Why she’ll be famous: Bekah’s the ultimate girl-next-door, if you lived next to a knock-out who’s funny and reads McSweeney’s.
Why he’ll be famous: Ken’s character in “SC” is a hardass, but Ken is anything but. He was the on-set clown, doing spot-on impressions of everyone (including me) and keeping a very tense set lively. The second somebody casts Ken in a comedy, he’s going to blow up.
Why she’ll be famous: After editing “SC” for months, I ran into Mimi at a coffee shop, halfway expecting her to be the trashy Texan she plays in the movie — which, of course she isn’t (she’s a NY native and all class). Mimi was initially set to play another role in “SC,” and was as convincing in the initial role as she was as Megan. She’s a true actor’s actor and makes it look easy, which will take her places.
Why he’ll be famous: A chameleon as an actor, Doug has also done turns as an agent and PR guy. He’s got the chops to be an actor, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up a mogul.
Why he’ll be famous: Ryan alternated his days on “SC” with his days working in the Memphis summer as an electrician. Another actor famously paid his dues with manual labor before being discovered: Harrison Ford.
Why she’ll be famous: You can put fake tattoos on anybody and a lot of actors can fake an attitude, but Ivy’s the real deal — an inked up tattoo artist, art-school drop out and actress without pretense.
Why she’ll be famous: The world has only seen the beginning of what Melissa can do — a serious actress who makes for a very convincing horror victim; when she’s not covered in fake blood, she’s got a quick wit that will serve her well in any genre.
(Quiz Answer, most to least recent: “Silence of the Lambs,” Anthony Hopkins and Jodi Foster (1991), “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1932), Frederic March. I’ll give you Charlize Theron in “Monster,” maybe — because she plays a serial killer. I won’t give you Whoopi Goldberg in “Ghost,” but thanks for playing. If you widen the net and include nominations, you get “Exorcist” and “Rosemary’s Baby”).
Tune in for the “Savage County” premiere tonight on MTV2 at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Central), and let us know what you think in the comments!