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Horror Almanac – July 30

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BORN ON THIS DAY IN HORROR HISTORY

  • 1982 – Yvonne Strahovski, starred in “I, Frankenstein” and “Dexter (TV Series).”
  • 1977 – Jaime Pressly, who starred in “Poison Ivy: The New Seduction,” “Death To the Supermodels” and “Demon Island.”
  • 1974 – Hilary Swank who appeared in the films “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Sometimes They Come Back…Again” and starred in “The Reaping.”
  • 1970 – Producer/writer/director Christopher Nolan, whose work includes “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “Inception.”
  • 1969 – “The Mentalist,” Simon Baker, who starred in the films “Land of the Dead,” “The Ring 2” and “Red Planet.”
  • 1964 – Vivica A. Fox who appeared in the films “Idle Hands,” “Batman & Robin” and “Independence Day.”
  • 1963 – Scream Queen Monique Gabrielle, who appeared in the films “Return of the Swamp Thing,” “Evil Toons” and “976-Evil 2: The Astral Factor.”
  • 1961 – Laurence Fishburne who starred in “A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors,” “Event Horizon” and “The Matrix.” films . He is currently starring in “Hannibal (TV Series).”
  • 1948 – Carel Struycken who played “Lurch” in the new version of the “Addams Family” movies and appeared in the films “Men In Black” and the “Vampire Hunters Club.” He also played the “Giant” on the TV series “Twin Peaks.”
  • 1947 – Arnold Schwarzenegger who starred in “The Running Man,” Total Recall,” “The Terminator” and “Predator.”
  • 1947 – William Atherton who appeared in the films “Ghostbusters,” “Grim Prairie Tales” and “The Crow: Salvation.”
  • 1939 – Director Peter Bogdanovich, whose film credits include “Targets” (w/Boris Karloff) and “Voyage To the Planet of Prehistoric Women.”
  • 1931 – The late Italian director Bruno Mattei, he worked on “Hell of the Living Dead”, “Rats: Night of Terror”, “Zombi 3”, “Mondo Cannibal”, “In the Land of the Cannibals”, “Zombies: The Beginning”, “Island of the Living Dead” – Note: many of these films were under Mattei’s alias “Vincent Dawn.”
  • 1929 – Producer Sid Kroft of the Sid & Marty Kroft production team.
  • 1927 – Victor Wong who appeared in “Tremors” and “Prince of Darkness.”
  • 1927 – Richard Johnson who appeared in the films “Zombie,” the original version of “The Haunting,” “Beyond the Door” and “The Monster Club.”
Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski
jaime Pressly

jaime Pressly

 

Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank

 

Monique Gabrielle

Monique Gabrielle
Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne

Carel Struycken
Carel Struycken
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

Victor Wong

Victor Wong

DIED ON THIS DAY IN HORROR HISTORY

  • 2015 – Roddy Piper, WWE wrestler and actor. He appeared in such films as “They Live”, “The Chair”, “Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies”, “Terminal Rush”, “Hell Comes To Frogtown”, and many more. He passed away at the age of 61 from a massive heart attack.
  • 2014 – Makeup effects legend Dick Smith. His work was known from “The Alligator People”, “Dark Shadows (TV Series)”, “The Godfather”, “The Exorcist”, “Little Big Man”, “The Sentinel”, “Altered States”, “Scanners”, “Ghost Story”, “Poltergeist III”, “Monsters (TV Series)” and many, many more. He died at the age of 92.
  • 2007 – Director Ingmar Bergman whose international masterpieces include “The Seventh Seal,” “The Magician,” “The Devil’s Eye” and “Hour of the Wolf,” passed away at the age of 89.
  • 2000 – Max Showalter who appeared in “The Indestructible Man” and “The Monster Who Challenged the World,” under the stage name of Casey Adams, passed away at the age of 83. He appeared as Molly Ringwald’s grandpa in the film “Sixteen Candles.”
  • 1992 – Joe Shuster who created “Superman,” passed away at the age of 78.
  • 1980 – Charles McGraw who played “Chief Ed Masterson” in the TV movie, “The Night Stalker,” passed away at the age of 66.
Roddy Piper
Roddy Piper
Dick Smith
Dick Smith
Max Showalter

Max Showalter
Charles McGraw

Charles McGraw

FILMS RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN HORROR HISTORY

Ghosts On The Loose 1943
Mothra 1961
Goliath and the Vampires 1964
Flesh Gordon 1974
Squirm 1976
Swamp Thing 1982
The Secret of NIHM 1982
So I Married An Axe Murderer 1993
The Blair Witch Project 1999
Thunderbirds 2004
The Village 2004

Ghosts on the Loose movie poster     Mothra movie poster 2

Squirm movie poster     The Blair Witch Project

 

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.