July 31, 2020

Robert Burns’ “Halloween” is published in 1786. The poem is part of a collection published as the Kilmarnock volume or Kilmarnock edition. With its descriptions of various Celtic traditions, it becomes a highly...

July 30, 2020

House (Hausu) opens across in Japan in 1977. The often bizarre horror comedy featuring mostly amateur actors is a hit with audiences and flop with critics in Japan, but becomes a cult favorite in the U.S. when ...

July 29, 2020

The Tingler opens in 1959. The gimmicky William Castle horror classic stars Vincent Price. Castle’s gimmick for the film is its presentation in “Percepto!” which was a vibrating device under a few select seats ...

July 28, 2020

Dick Sprang is born in Fremont, Ohio in 1915. The comic book artist and explorer was largely responsible for giving Batman his look through the 1940s and 1950s. He also designed the look of the Riddler and the ...

July 27, 2020

Lupita Tovar is born in Matias Romero, Oaxaca, Mexico in 1910. The star of the Spanish-language version of Universal’s Dracula in 1931 had a nearly 20-year career in both English- and Spanish-language films bef...

July 26, 2020

The Night of the Hunter premieres in Des Moines, Iowa in 1955. The only film directed by actor Charles Laughton is based on an actual 1932 murder case and stars Robert Mitchum, Shelly Winters and Lilian Gish. Though it flops on its release, it is now considere...

July 25, 2020

Dressed To Kill opens across the U.S. in 1980. The Brian De Palma homage to Alfred Hitchcock is a critical and popular hit, with Roger Ebert describing it as “an exercise in style, not narrative.” It remains a ...