Soap Stars Face the Unknown in Slasher Films With Terrifying Premonitions, Brutal Murders, Flesh-Possessing Demons
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Soap opera actors in must-see scary movies, a screamfest full of delights.
At Soaps.com we’re celebrating soap stars who have been in horror films which are generally watched most during October and Halloween, or the month of February, which is Women in Horror month which is “an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.” Here are a few slasher and horror movies featuring soap opera stars past and present for some chilling viewing from past and present soaps such as All My Children, Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Sunset Beach, and Young and the Restless.
Final Destination 5
Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), appeared in the thriller, Final Destination 5 as Olivia Castle. In the film, a man has a terrifying premonition that he and his colleagues will be involved in a bus crash on a suspension bridge. He’s able to save his coworkers but death returns and won’t take no for an answer as it takes the lives of those involved. Wood’s character Olivia has a little trouble with her eye in the fifth installment of the franchise…
Happy Birthday to Me
The Young and the Restless star, Tracey Bregman, played Amy Thomerson in the 1981 psychological horror film, Happy Birthday to Me, which surrounds a young woman named Virginia, whose snobby friends from Crawford Academy began to go missing years after horrible events that occurred on one of her childhood birthdays. Though the film didn’t do well to begin with, it now has a cult following.
This 2008 film is loosely based on the 1980 film with the same title, Prom Night, which stars Guiding Light alum Brittany Snow (Susan). As the story goes, Donna (Snow) is a high school student who is traumatized after witnessing the brutal murder of her entire family by her former teacher who is obsessed with her. Three years later on prom night, has everyone running for their lives when the lunatic returns for more blood.
Evil Dead II
Soap veteran Kassie DePaiva, known for her role as Blair on One Life to Live and Eve on Days of our Lives, appeared in the 1987 follow-up to Evil Dead. She played Bobby Joe in the flick, Evil Dead II, which had a group holed-up in a cabin while under siege by flesh-possessing demons hell-bent on possession.
I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Grudge, Scream 2
Sarah Michelle Gellar (All My Children’s Kendall) and Ryan Phillippe (Billy, One Life to Live) both starred in the 1997 slasher film, I Know What You Did Last Summer. The film draws inspiration from the urban legend The Hook and centers around four underaged friends who try to cover up their involvement in a car accident where they’ve killed a man from their small town. It looks as though they’ve gotten away with it until the anniversary of the accident when they’re stalked by someone wielding a hook who is out to extract his pound of flesh. Geller played the lead, Helen, and Phillippe as Barry.
Geller was also involved in the Scream franchise, having played the part of a sorority sister named Cici Cooper in Scream 2, which is a sequel from the first, following Sidney Prescott, a student who becomes a target of the copycat killer, Ghostface. Cici (Geller) experiences a terrifying attack by Ghostface that doesn’t end well. Incidentally, Guiding Light (Lizzie) and One Life to Live alum (Sarah), Hayden Panettiere, stars in Scream 4 as Kirby, who is forced to answer horror movie trivia to save one of her friends.
Sarah Michelle Gellar also starred in the supernatural horror film The Grudge, as Karen, which, based on the Japanese Ju-On films, is about a curse that turns into an entity after someone dies in a state of rage or sorrow. The entity passes from victim to victim, murdering all in its path.
The Young and Restless alum Michael Graziadei, who played Daniel Romalotti on the soap opera, appeared as Darren in the 2007 horror-thriller Boogeyman 2, which told the terrifying story of a young woman with a life-long fear of the Boogeyman, who checks into a mental health facility as an adult to confront her demons which came about witnessing her parents’ and brother’s murder as a child.
Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) got in on the horror genre in 1995 playing the role of Amanda Porter in the third installment of the Children of the Corn series, in which two brothers connected to the murderous children’s cult in Nebraska were taken to Chicago by a couple who adopted them.
We Are Still Here
Soap actress Barbara Crampton, who appeared on Days as Trista Evans Bradford in the 80s, and later Guiding Light as Mindy Lewis, The Bold and the Beautiful as Maggie Forrester Warwick, and The Young and Restless as Leanna Love, starred in the 2015 horror film, We Are Still Here, as Anne Sacchetti. The spooky plot involved a lonely old house in New England that awakens once every thirty years and demands a sacrifice.
Jeepers Creepers II
Bold and Beautiful’s former Thomas Forrester, Drew Tyler Bell, played Jonny Young in Jeepers Creepers II, which starred Y&R alum, Ray Wise (Ian Ward) as Jack Taggart Sr. In the sequel to Jeepers Creepers, a basketball team’s bus is attacked by The Creeper, a winged, flesh-eating terror, as he wraps up his 23-day feeding frenzy.
Friday the 13th
Numerous soap opera actors have appeared in the Friday the 13th series of horror movies, which surround the hockey-masked attacker, Jason Voorhees, who began his reign of terror at Camp Crystal Lake in the 1980 original film, which featured Kevin Bacon (Tim Werner, Guiding Light) as Jack. In later sequels, Days of our Lives alum, Renee Jones (Lexi Carver) played Sissy in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, Staci Greason, also a Days alum (Isabella Black), appeared as Jane in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, soap vet Scott Reeves, who played Young and the Restless’ Ryan McNeil and GH’s Steve Webber, appeared in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan as Sean Robertson, and soap alum Peter Barton (Scott Grainger, Y&R/Bold and the Beautiful; Eddie Connor, Sunset Beach) was Doug in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.
Another version of this story was written on October 4 2018 by Candace Young and refreshed February 2020 by Christine Fix.