The four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore stars in a new horror movie, 'Shelter,' which was supposed to open this week, but -- not too surprisingly -- the Weinsteins are playing their usual chess game and have pulled it from release. Goodness knows we love horror movies, but let's face it: as far as prestige is concerned, they're just a step above the Three Stooges and a step below romantic comedies. Regardless, it got me thinking about all the times that high-profile and respectable actors have taken on jobs such as this. And I'm not talking about high-profile movies, either. Were they interested in the movie's themes? Did they need a paycheck? Who knows?

1. (tie) Bette Davis in 'Wicked Stepmother' (1989) and Joan Crawford in 'Trog' (1970)
Bette Davis was a two-time Oscar winner and Joan Crawford was a one-time winner, and they both went down this sad track, winding up their respective careers with these two movies, the final theatrical film for each. The road to horror started when they made the huge hit 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' (1962) together, and audiences presumably demanded more, but how much more was up for debate. 'Trog' is from Hammer alumnus Freddie Francis, and it's as bad as it sounds. 'Wicked Stepmother' (1989) is by Larry Cohen, one of the most prolific of "B" movie makers, and it's worse than it sounds.
Wicked Stepmother
In Theaters on February 3rd, 1989

Siblings meet father's witchy bride (Bette Davis) and her daughter (Barbara Carrera). Read More

Based on 36 critics

Strange events plague a confined psychologist (Halle Berry). Read More

Dark Water
Based on 35 critics

A woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her daughter move into a creepy building. Read More

The Reaping
Based on 23 critics

A former Christian missionary (Hilary Swank) who lost her faith now debunks religious phenomena. Read More

Case 39
Based on 15 critics

A social worker learns that there is more than meets the eye with a girl she saved from abuse. Read More

The Wicker Man
Based on 19 critics

A lawman (Nicolas Cage) finds sinister forces at work as he searches for a missing child. Read More

In Theaters on March 17th, 2008

An anthropologist works with her subject, an ice-age troglodyte found in an English cave. Read More

House On Haunted Hill
Based on 17 critics

A mogul (Geoffrey Rush) offers guests money to stay in a haunted asylum. Read More

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