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I often think that performances can get overlooked in a horror film as a result of the scares of it. But I do think there are some effective performances that manage to stand out. So, what is your favourite performance from a horror film, whatever your opinion is please comment.

The performances off the top of my head, that I consider memorable and effective in a horror film are;

  • Jack Nicholson as a writer who starts to lose his mind in a sinister hotel in  The Shining

Jack Nicholson The Shining

  • Catherine Deneuve as a repressed manicurist who begins to mentally crumble when left alone in her London apartment in Repulsion

Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion

  • Mia Farrow as a naive newlywed who becomes convinced her neighbours have evil designs for her unborn child in Rosemary’s baby

Mia Farrow Rosemary's Baby

  • Sissy Spacek as a victimized young girl who uses her telekinetic powers to gain revenge on her tormentors in  Carrie

Sissy Spacek Carrie