Aug. 3, 2020

John Landis is born in Chicago in 1950. The writer/director started out as mailboy, assistant director and stuntman before graduating to directing Animal House, An American Werewolf in London, an infamous segme...

Aug. 2, 2020

Fright Night opens across the U.S. in 1985. Writer-director Tom Holland’s horror-comedy classic stars Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowell and William Ragsdale. Not only does its success spawn a sequel, a remake in 2...

August 1, 2020

Tales from the Crypt is published by EC Comics in 1950. Having previously been the titles Crime Patrol and briefly The Crypt of Terror, and the famous character, the Crypt Keeper, debuting five months earlier, ...

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...