Horror Almanac – September 16



WRITERS NOTE: I would like to ask you – our readers – which way you prefer the borns, died’s, and released on this day in horror history. Do you like it the way it is now – all three combined into one post as the Horror Almanac OR the way I used to do it – with three separate posts for each category??? Please let me know which way you prefer to read these. Your feedback will determine whether I keep it the way it is now or go back to my old way of posting them. So please, don’t be shy! Let me know in the comments section below and I thank you for your feedback as always. 



  • 1985 – Madeline Zima, who played “Gretchen Berg” on the TV series ‘Heroes.” She also appeared in the films “The Collector”, “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”, “The Vampire Diaries (TV Series).”
  • 1960 – Mike Mignola, is an acclaimed comics artist and writer. He is the creator of “Hellboy” comics.
  • 1958 – Jennifer Tilly who played “Tiffany” in “Bride of Chucky” and “Seed of Chucky.” She also appeared in “Embrace of the Vampire.” and “The Haunted Mansion” as “Madame Leota.”
  • 1952 – Mickey Rourke, who starred as “Ivan Vanko” a.k.a. “Blacklash” in “Iron Man 2.” He also starred in “Sin City” and “Angel Heart.”
  • 1949 – Ed Begley Jr., who appeared in the films “Addams Family Reunion,” “Batman Forever,” “Amazon Women on the Moon,” and “Transylvania 6-5000.”
  • 1930 – Anne Francis who appeared in “Rocket Man,” “Forbidden Planet” and “The Satan Bug.”
  • 1908 – Steve Pendleton, who appeared in “Killers From Space” and “Target Earth.”
  • 1885 – Arthur Lucan who played “Old Mother Riley” in a series of films, most notably with Bela Lugosi in the film “My Son the Vampire.”
Madeline Zima

Madeline Zima
Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly
Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke


  • 2003 – Sheb Wooley, who recorded the song “Purple People Eater, passed away at the age of 82.
  • 2002 – James Gregory, who co-starred in “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” and appeared in episodes of the TV series ” Thriller,” “Inner Sanctum” and the “Twilight Zone,” passed away at the age of 90.
  • 2001 – American International Picture co-founder, Samuel Z. Arkoff (the Z. stands for Zachary) passed away at the age of 83.
  • 1996 – Gene Nelson, who directed the film “Hand of Death,” and for the TV series’ “Star Trek” and “The Invisible Man,” passed away at the age of 76.
James Gregory

James Gregory
Samuel Z. Arkoff

Samuel Z. Arkoff


Strange Invaders 1983

Street Trash 1987
Timecop 1994
Venom 2005
Cry_Wolf 2005
Monster Movie 2008
The Legend of Bloody Mary 2008
They Wait 2008

Strange Invaders

Venom movie poster

Cry Wolf movie poster

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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