Jennifer Lawrence stars in this weekend's teen-friendly horror movie "House at the End of the Street." In the film, J-Law plays a headstrong, independent gal who moves to a new rural town with her busy single mother. However, they soon discover that their next-door neighbors were brutally murdered by their crazed daughter some years ago, and now the house is occupied by the massacre's sole survivor: the shell-shocked brother. Naturally, that makes him perfect boyfriend material for the once-and-future Katniss -- despite the objections of her mother. But soon enough, Lawrence will realize that she probably should have listened to her mom, when she gets sucked into a deadly secret hiding underneath the floorboards of the tragic house.
Lawrence's star power is only getting bigger; with an Oscar nomination and a blockbuster franchise under her belt (all at the ripe old age of 22), starring in one schlocky horror movie isn't going to hurt her career. In fact, it's practically a rite of passage for all great award-winning, critically acclaimed actresses to have at least one bad scary movie on their resume. It's basically the Hollywood equivalent of an awkward yearbook photo. And even if they want people to forget that they used to be desperate for a paycheck, the magic of the Internet has preserved those growing pains forever. So let's take a look back at what happens when good actresses do bad horror movies.
Jamie Lee Curtis in 'Terror Train' (1980)
The only thing scarier than the killer on this locomotive is the average price of an Amtrak ticket. <em>Agh!</em>
Demi Moore in 'Parasite' (1982)
That's gotta hurt!
Mariska Hargitay in 'Ghoulies' (1983)
<strike>That's gotta hurt! </strike> Check please!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'Troll' (1986)
<a href="http://youtu.be/_V2sBURgUBI" target="_hplink">What's the deal with trolls? They're not trees, they're not rolls. They're somewhere in between. What am I supposed to do with that? I can't spread a glob of butter on a hot toasted troll. And believe me -- I've tried. </a>
Angela Bassett in 'Critters 4' (1992)
Reminder: Angela Bassett earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.
Jennifer Aniston in 'Leprechaun' (1993)
This still isn't as dumb as <a href="http://www.moviefone.com/movie/love-happens/37327/main" target="_hplink">'Love Happens.' </a>
Renee Zellweger in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation' (1994)
What do you think she's more embarrassed by: pretending to be scared by Leatherface or being in<a href="http://www.moviefone.com/movie/leatherheads/27495/main" target="_hplink"> 'Leatherheads.' </a>
Naomi Watts in 'Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering' (1996)
Oh bless her heart, she's trying to make this look believable.
Hilary Swank in 'Sometimes They Come Back... Again' (1996)
So wait, are they demons? Ghosts? Zombies? Wait-wait-wait... I don't care.
Eva Mendes in 'Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror' (1998)
Considering how many opportunities this series has provided for future movie stars, maybe Hollywood should be thanking "Children of the Corn." <em>Didya ever think about that?!</em>
Isla Fisher in 'The Pool' (2001)
Man... there are so many examples to use. That's probably a bad trend.
Ellen Page in 'The Cat That Came Back' (2004)
<em>This is really a thing? </em>
MALE BONUS! Tom Hanks in 'He Knows When You're Alone' (1980)
Cool story bro.