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Horror Almanac – May 20

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BORN ON THIS DAY IN HORROR HISTORY – MAY 20

  • 1992 – Stephanie Leon, who appeared in “The Black Cat” (2204) and “Hood of Horror.”
  • 1981 – Calico Cooper, daughter of rock star Alice, who appeared in the films “The Curse of El Charron. & “Junkfood Horrorfest.”
  • 1978 – Mike Flanagan, writer/producer/director of such films as “Absentia”, “Oculus”, “Hush”, “Before I Wake”, “Ouija 2”, and more.
  • 1977 – Matt Czuchry, who appeared in “Eight-Legged Freaks” and played “Willie Loomis” in the 2004 remake of “Dark Shadows.”
  • 1975 – Tahmoh Penikett, who starred in the the TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” “Dollhouse”, “Man of Steel”, “Supernatural (TV Series)” and the film “Trick r Treat.”
  • 1968 – Timothy Olyphant, who starred in the films “Scream 2,” “The Dreamcather” and “the 2009 remake of “The Crazies.”
  • 1960 – John Billingsley, who starred on the TV series” “Enterprise,” “True Blood” and “The Others.” He appeared in the film “2012.”
  • 1959 – Bronson Pinchot, who was known for playing “Balki” on the TV series “Perfect Strangers.” He starred in the TV movie “The Langoliers” and appeared as “The Prankster” on the TV series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”
  • 1936 – Anthony Zerbe who appeared in the films “The Omega Man,” “The Dead Zone” and “Star Trek: Insurrection.”
  • 1927 – David Hedison who played the title role of “The Fly.” He also starred in the 1960 film “The Lost World” and the TV series “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.”
  • 1908 – One of the greatest classic actors of our time, James Stewart, passed away at the age of 89. He starred in the wonderful fantasy tale, “It’s a Wonderful Life” as well as “Bell, Book & Candle” and the Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Rear Window.”
Tahmoh Penikett
Tahmoh Penikett

 

Timothy Olyphant
Timothy Olyphant

David Hedison
David Hedison

DIED ON THIS DAY IN HORROR HISTORY – MAY 20

  • 2015 – Mary Ellen Trainor, actress who appeared in “Roswell (TV Series)”, “Congo”, “Death Becomes Her”, “The Monster Squad”, “Ghostbusters II”, “Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)” and starred in all four “Die Hard” films. She passed away at the age of 62.
  • 1996 – Jon Pertwee who played Doctor Who # 3 and appeared in the films “The House That Dripped Blood” and “Carry On Screaming,” passed away at the age of 76.
  • 1989 – Anton Diffring who starred as “Dr. Frankenstein” in the unsold Hammer pilot “Tales of Frankenstein,” passed away at the age of 70. He also starred in the films “The Man Who Could Cheat Death” and “Circus of Horrors.”
  • 1989 – One of the original “Prime Time Players” on “Saturday Night Live,” Gilda Radner, passed away at the age of 42. She starred with her husband Gene Wilder in the movie “Haunted Honeymoon” (her last film).
Mary Ellen Trainor
Mary Ellen Trainor
Jon Pertwee
Jon Pertwee
Anton Diffring
Anton Diffring

FILMS RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN HORROR HISTORY – MAY 20

  • The Human Vapor 1964 filmed in 1960 as Gasu Ningen Daiichigo
  • Maniac 1963
    The Evil Eye 1964 filmed in 1963 as La Ragazza Che Sapeva Troppo
    Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone 1983
    Willow 1988
    Psychic 1992
    Witchcraft II: The Temptress 1993 filmed in 1990
    Mosquito 1995
    Dr. Jekyll & Mistress Hyde 2003
    Vampire Vixens 2003
  • Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist 2005
    Darkworld 2006
    Deadwater 2008

Maniac 1963

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Written by Michael Juvinall

I am a Horror journalist, producer, ravenous Horror fiend, aficionado of the classic Universal Monsters, Hammer Horror, Werewolves, and all things Horror.

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