This Day In Halloween

A Daily History of Horror

Sept. 25, 2020

Hammer’s The Mummy opens in the U.K. in 1959. The iconic British film company’s version of the monster movie borrows heavily from Universal’s Mummy sequels The Mummy’s Hand, The Mummy’s Tomb and The Mummy’s Gho...

Sept. 24, 2020

Shaun of the Dead opens in the U.S. in 2004. The British horror classic is a comic homage to — and loaded with references to  — the Romero zombie films. The film has won Saturn, Bram Stoker, Empire, British Ind...

Sept. 23, 2020

Dead Ringers opens across the U.S. in 1988. Loosely based on real-life twins Stewart and Cyril Marcus, the David Cronenberg film is also similar to Peter Greenaway’s A Zed & Two Noughts. The film wins many ...

Sept. 22, 2020

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster opens across the U.S. in 1965. Also known as Duel of The Space Monsters and Mars Invades Puerto Rico, among several others, it is considered one of the worst films ever made...

Sept. 21, 2020

Author Stephen King is born in Portland, Maine in 1947. The most well-known and successful horror author of the last half century, he has written more than 250 novels, novellas, or short story collections, with...

Sept. 20, 2020

James Bernard is born in England in 1925. The British composer is known mostly for his many scores for Hammer Films including The Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Plague of the Zombies, The Dev...

Sept. 19, 2020

Bubba Ho-Tep opens in limited release in the U.S. in 2002. The horror comedy starring Bruce Campbell becomes a cult success through the film festival circuit and roadshow release.  ...

Sept. 18, 2020

The Haunting premieres in New York City in 1963. The creepy and atmospheric haunted-house thriller directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn, is a moderate success at the...

Sept. 17, 2020

Before I Hang opens across the U.S. in 1940. A resurrection revenge tale stars Boris Karloff in one of his “Mad Doctor” films for Columbia. The feature is just an hour long.  ...