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...

June 18, 2020

House of Usher premieres in Palm Springs, Calif. in 1960. The first of director Roger Corman’s eight Edgar Allan Poe-based films, features a screenplay by Richard Matheson and stars Vincent Price and was shot i...

June 17, 2020

Vlad III of Wallachia becomes Vlad the Impaler in 1462. After a surprise attack on an Ottoman Turk army fails to capture or kill the sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, Vlad displays the bodies of approximately 20,000...

June 16, 2020

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho premieres at the DeMille Theater, a former burlesque house, NYC in 1960. The horror classic was controversial for years, but is currently 18th on the American Film Institute’s 100 Grea...

June 15, 2020

Spooks! opens across the U.S. in 1953. The Three Stooges short is one of the string of 3D films made during the “Golden Age” of 3D between 1952 and 1955. The short is the 148th of the Stooges career and the fir...

June 14, 2020

Takeo Murata is born in Tokyo, Japan in 1910. The screenwriter’s work includes several kaiju classics like Godzilla, Godzilla Raids Again, Godzilla King of the Monsters, and Rodan. He died in 1994.  ...

June 13, 2020

The Shining opens across the U.S. in 1980. Stanley Kubrick’s film, based on Stephen King’s book, stars Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Though it’s a box office success, critics mostly dislike the film. Over ...

June 12, 2020

Rosemary’s Baby opens in the U.S. in 1968. Written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on Ira Levin’s novel, the film stars Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. The film is now considered a classic as well as Will...

June 11, 2020

Gene Wilder is born in Milwaukee in 1933. The actor/screenwriter/producer’s career is known for various comedies, but his starring role and co-writing of Young Frankenstein is perhaps his best regarded work. He...