Aug. 31, 2020

The body of Mary Ann Nichols is found mutilated in Buck’s Row, in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888, the first known victim of the serial killer Jack the Ripper. The unsolved murders of at least five w...

Aug. 30, 2020

Author Mary Shelley is born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in London in 1797. Though she wrote several novels during her career, her first novel, Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus, written when she was just 19...

Aug. 29, 2020

William Friedkin is born in Chicago in 1935. The Oscar-winning director’s long career includes The Exorcist, The Guardian, Bug and the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth.  He also directed episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, and Tale...

Aug. 28, 2020

The Haunted Palace premieres in Cincinnati in 1963. Though billed as an Edgar Allan Poe story, the Roger Corman film was actually based on H.P. Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Starring Vincent Pric...

Aug. 27, 2020

Johnny Eck is born in Baltimore in 1911. The sideshow performer — born without his lower torso — and actor appeared as “The Half Boy” in Tod Browning’s 1932 film Freaks. He was also a musician, painter, woodworker, photographer, magician, and arcade owner. He ...

Aug. 26, 2020

War of the Worlds opens across the U.S. in 1953. The sci-fi horror classic directed by Byron Haskin, updates H.G. Wells’ classic novel from Victorian England to 1950s Los Angeles and is the first film version o...

Aug. 25, 2020

Tim Burton is born in Burbank in 1958. The filmmaker, animator and illustrator has built a steady career on making dark, yet whimsical films including Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, Mars Attacks! ...

Aug. 24, 2020

Victor Halperin is born in Chicago in 1895. The director of low-budget horror films of the 1930s, notably White Zombie and Revolt of the Zombies, as well as Supernatural, Torture Ship, and Buried Alive. He later denounced the films. He died in 1983.  ...

Aug. 23, 2020

Vera Miles is born in Boise City, Okla. in 1929. The actress’ career spanned five decades and multiple genres, and is notable for her supporting role in Psycho and Psycho II, as well as substantial TV work incl...