From Clive Barker to Rob Zombie, there are lots of celebrities using Twitter who work in the horror industry. Some are funny, some are inspirational and some just clearly don’t get it. Check out these 15 actors, writers and directors to see what horror stars really think.
Actors & Actresses
Rose McGowan @rosemcgowan
Horror bio: McGowan’s career skyrocketed after she played perky teenager Tatum Riley in Scream, becoming perhaps the only horror movie victim to die while stuck in a cat door. More recently, McGowan starred in Grindhouse as Cherry Darling, a go-go dancer whose leg is ripped off by zombies and replaced with a machine gun.
Recent tweet: “I hate gyms. Sweaty people that are happy w/ communal sweatiness. Hate the girl who’s so close her bum is in my face. I’d like to kick it.”
Jackie Earl Haley @jackieearle
Horror bio: After an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor playing a child molester in Little Children, Haley landed the role of mentally unstable superhero Rorschach in Watchmen. Next, Haley will resurrect horror icon Freddy Krueger in an upcoming remake of Nightmare on Elm Street.
Recent tweet: “I’m here… Comic-Con. Little nervous… and excited, too. I suck at this stuff, but I’ll try and post a few pics from the phone tomorrow.”
Derek Mears @Derek_Mears
Horror bio: This physically intimidating actor and stuntman starred as everybody’s favorite hockey mask-wearing mass murderer, Jason Vorhees, in the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th. Previously landed bit parts in The Hills Have Eyes II and Cursed.
Recent tweet: “Just left this message for a friend. Shovel. Lye. Roll of duct tape. My house. Twenty minutes. No questions.”
Elizabeth Banks @ElizabethBanks
Horror bio: In this year’s horror thriller The Uninvited, Banks stars as a nurse, homewrecker and suspected murderer. She also battled alien plague zombies in the 2006 horror flick Slither. (Incidentally, some men found her nyphomaniac character terrifying in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.)
Recent tweet: “Today’s career advice: Night Manager at Best Western is a terrible job, even if u r a vampire.”
Donnie Wahlberg @DonnieWahlberg
Horror bio: Although Wahlberg rose to fame in boy band New Kids on the Block, his recent acting work has included the Saw movies, Dead Silence and the adaptation of Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher (in which he plays the mentally challenged Duddits).
Recent tweet: “Wednesday! Hump day! Get off your rump day! Get outta your slump day! Get outta of the dumps day! Let nobody keep you from your joy!”
Authors & Screenwriters
Clive Barker @RealCliveBarker
Horror bio: Barker first made his name as a horror/fantasy author who frequently illustrated his own books. He later transitioned to the director’s chair, adapting his own short story into the movie Hellraiser. The Candyman films are also based on a short story by Barker.
Recent tweet: “What a wonderful way to earn a buck! I dream to live and live to dream.”
Neil Gaiman @neilhimself
Horror bio: Gaiman’s award-winning horror-fantasy comic series The Sandman was a cult success, spanning 75 issues over 7 years. In 2009, his novella Coraline was adapted into a stop-motion film, and he recently released a children’s book(!) about a boy whose parents are murdered and is raised by the occupants of an old graveyard.
Recent tweet: “People keep being excited about the silent movie script. Which brings me-the-writer joy and fills me-the-director with nerves.”
Diablo Cody @diablocody
Horror bio: Juno screenwriter Cody turns to comedy horror with her sophomore film, the upcoming Jennifer’s Body. Megan Fox stars as a high school cheerleader who is possessed by a demon and begins devouring her male classmates.
Recent tweet: “Just walked outside and saw a bloody corpse under the rear wheels of my car. Turns out CSI: NY was stealing a shot. Still scared me.”
Joe Hill @joe_hill
Horror bio: Joe Hill is the son of legendary horror novelist Stephen King and a novelist in his own right. His debut ghost novel, Heart-Shaped Box, peaked at #8 on the New York Times bestseller list and his new book, Horns, is due out in February.
Recent tweet: “Yes I bought it. You can’t lose on a game called Zombies vs Sheep for .99, right?”
Scott Sigler @scottsigler
Horror bio: Sigler made his name with sci-fi thriller EarthCore, which is credited as being the first novel ever released via podcast. Sigler followed up his success with several more podcast novels, including horror-thrillers Infection and Contagious.
Recent tweet: “Edits back from publisher. Time to hunker down on ANCESTOR final draft. There will be blood. And probably beer, too. And PopTarts.”
Directors & Producers
Wes Craven @wescraven
Horror bio: Craven is best known as the writer and/or director of many horror films, including Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, The Hills Have Eyes and The People Under the Stairs. His latest horror film, 25/8, is currently in post-production.
Recent tweet: “Working away on ’25/8′. Want to see a picture? Stay tuned…”
David Lynch @DAVID_LYNCH
Horror bio: Lynch’s work is hard to categorize but tends toward the violent and surreal, starting with his debut film Eraserhead to later critical hits like Blue Velvet and Mullholland Drive, as well as the popular TV series Twin Peaks.
Recent tweet: “When the heart is satisfied w/the experience of happiness & the inquiries & doubts of the intellect have been satisfied, fulfillment results.”
Rob Zombie @RWZombie
Horror bio: Best known as the front man for heavy metal horror band White Zombie, as well as an accomplished solo musician. Rob Zombie has since written and directed several horror films, including House of 1000 Corpses and a remake of the 1978 classic Halloween.
Recent tweet: “At Universal mixing the sound of Halloween 2. Haven’t worked here since 1000 Corpses. Sounding killer!”
Toby Wilkins @splinterfilm
Horror bio: Wilkins directed a number of short thrillers and horror films before making the feature length Splinter, in which an innocent couple has to fend off both an ex-convict and a blood-hungry parasitics. Next up: The Grudge 3.
Recent tweet: “Love when a sneak screener puts a smile on my face in the first minute. You’re in for a super low budget indie horror treat this fall. Shhh.”
Uwe Boll @Uwe_Boll
Horror bio: Possibly the worst horror director in the history of horror directors, Boll makes movies that are so bad, they’re awesome. He’s also been known to fight critics of his movies in the boxing ring, so choose your tweets carefully.
Recent tweet: “I apologize for the lack of updates. this latest project requires all of my time. I predict major awards for it next year. Slumdog who???”
Got a horror star to add to the list? Leave a comment below! And don’t forget Oct. 31 is fast approaching. Make sure you’ve got your own scary Halloween costumes ready.