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5 Actors from ‘Breaking Bad’ You Didn’t Know Were in a Horror Movie

Written by: Lois Kennedy

Breaking Bad is a gritty show, with its fair share of awful goings-on and plenty of symbolic monsters. But if you’re looking for real monsters, some of the cast members have played and interacted with some truly evil beings.

  1. RJ Mitte—House of Last Things (2014)

How we know him: As kindly, sheltered Walter White Jr.

The horror: House of Last Things concerns Kelly, who is watching a (unbeknownst to her) haunted house for married couple Alan and Sarah. Her delinquent boyfriend Jesse pushes his way into staying in the house too. Various events start supernaturally linking Kelly and Jesse to Sarah and Alan, like Jesse suddenly needing to wear glasses because Alan does. Things start getting really weird after Jesse kidnaps a little boy in order to ransom him. Mitte is Kelly’s childlike and needy brother Tim, who begins acting out when the boy gets more attention than him (so, pretty much the opposite of Walter Jr.).

My verdict: I watched this movie after a crappy, upsetting day, and for two hours I was rapt. I didn’t want it to end. It’s a tad confusing; for example, the opening scene of a golfer with a bloody nose is never really explained. It’s also a bit hard to care about the characters at first, because for roughly the first half of the movie the action moves along by the steam power of Kelly and Jesse doing the stupidest things possible. Nonetheless, the imagery is haunting and strange and creepy. The filmmakers create a sense of foreboding that builds throughout the movie. It’s not strictly a horror movie (in that the ghosts aren’t actively trying to kill people and there isn’t an elevator full of blood), but it’s eerie and unforgettable. I strongly recommend it.

  1. Dean Norris—The Lawnmower Man (1992)

How we know him: As cynical but ethical DEA agent Hank Schrader.

The horror: The Lawnmower Man (generously referring to itself as a Stephen King adaptation until King sued to have his name removed) depicts scientist Larry (Pierce Brosnan) and his experiments in mind control and super soldiers. His simple test subject Jobe (Jeff Fahey) is given treatments to “increase synaptic responses” (i.e. make him smarter). Larry’s treatments work, but unfortunately they turn Jobe into a super-intelligent telekinetic megalomaniac. Norris is Larry’s boss The Director, who wants results no matter the cost.

My verdict: I’d seen this movie a few times as a kid and liked it. As a more refined adult, I don’t hate it. It’s super dated, but its theme of technology running away with itself and causing loss of humanity is still quite relevant. Its warning that “By the turn of the millennium a new technology know as VIRTUAL REALITY will be in widespread use” is a bit premature though. The CGI is so primitive that it’s painful at times, but the explosions are pretty neat. The characters are interesting and somewhat likable. It’s nothing you absolutely have to see, but it’s an attention-grabbing little relic.

  1. Anna Gunn—Lost Souls (2000)

How we know her: As miserable and occasionally devious housewife Skyler White.

The horror: Lost Souls is an account of the devil manifesting itself in a human body. Maya (Winona Ryder) is determined to stop it, and stalks the most likely candidate, non-believer Peter, until he too believes. Together they try to stop the transformation. Gunn is Sally, a talk show host who interviews Peter about his latest book. Of the five in this article, hers is the smallest role—blink, and you miss her. She’s not onscreen long enough to establish a personality, but she’s still more pleasant than Skyler.

My verdict: People tend to complain that this movie is both slow and unoriginal. I found it entertaining—but not scary—and a little different from most possession movies in that is focuses less on demons and more on people (hence the complaints about slowness). It has the standard for this genre message that if God is real, Satan and evil must be real, too. This is punctuated by occasional siren sounds and people punching each other in the background. It has a strong cast of familiar faces and (very) occasional creepy moments. The characters are interesting. If you’re tired of the basic Emily Rose, Last Exorcism type movies about naïve waifs being possessed, give it a look.

  1. Aaron Paul—The Last House on the Left (2009)

How we know him: As sullen and self-destructive but basically good guy Jesse Pinkman.

The horror: The Last House on the Left is about teenage girls Mari and Paige being raped, tortured, and left for dead by a group of criminals. Said criminals, after a car accident, unknowingly find themselves at Mari’s house. Mari’s parents, Emma and John, soon figure out what’s going on, and take bloody revenge. Paul plays Frank, the second scariest of the convicts. He’s as burned-out looking as Jesse and almost as fond of the word bitch, but nowhere near as easy to empathize with.

My verdict: I’m not a fan of gore, but the villains’ deaths seem a bit anticlimactic given how thorough and brutal the girls’ rape and torture scenes were. Their detachment from and enjoyment of others’ pain implies the bad guys will receive a punishment equivalent in suffering to the one they gave the girls, and that doesn’t really happen, particularly for the leader, Krug. Otherwise, the performances are impressive and the cinematography is nifty. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was better than Wes Craven’s original film, but at least it doesn’t have off-putting efforts at comic relief or weird songs describing what the characters are doing. If you haven’t seen the original, see that instead, but if you have, give this one a look.

Bonus Breaking Bad actor: Uncle Jack (Michael Bowen) has a small role as a police officer.

  1. Bryan Cranston—Terror Tract (2000)

How we know him: As seemingly average family man turned vicious drug kingpin Walter White.

The horror: Terror Tract is comprised of three tales, with the wraparound story of real estate agent Bob (John Ritter) telling potential buyers why the lovely homes he’s selling are so suspiciously cheap. Cranston is featured in the second story as Ron, a husband and father whose life crumbles after his beloved daughter finds an evil monkey in their backyard.

My verdict: I had my doubts about the movie at times, mainly during the sillier parts. For example, Ron pays an animal shelter worker two hundred dollars to get rid of the monkey; after the monkey, who has already proven its proficiency with stabbing innocent creatures, of course kills the guy, Ron whips out a gun. Why not start with the gun, Ron? Why send the guy in the house with nothing but a rabies pole? The stories are also a bit too reminiscent of works by Stephen King, namely the “Something to Tide You Over” segment in Creepshow, the “Cat from Hell” segment in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, and “The General” segment in Cat’s Eye. Nevertheless, the stories get progressively better from first to last, though the third story feels a bit tacked on since it doesn’t take place in the house. The villain of that segment, a killer with an old lady mask, is surprisingly creepy. Even the evil monkey is a little creepy, because monkeys are yech. Then the ending—the movie loses its collective shit in a good way, and it’s hilarious. I loved it. It’s a little derivative and a lot inane, but it’s worth a look—especially for an early in the millennium glimpse of the badass Bryan Cranston to come.

So next time you watch Breaking Bad (and you will, because if you haven’t watched it yet by choice there’s no doubt a person in your life who wants to make you), keep in mind the actors who have a wicked past in their filmographies.

Author’s note: A big thank you to Internet Movie Database for filmographies and dates.

Lois Kennedy is an avid horror fan who also loves to write. You can find her under her pseudonym GhoulieJoe on YouTube, WordPress, and Facebook.

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