Cemetery Man opens in the US, this day 1996! This is just a fantastic piece of Italian film making, AKA Dellamorte Dellamore and based on a novel by Tiziano Sclavi (who also wrote the comic Dylan Dog, which I am also a Big fan of). It is the story of the friendship, love and the undead, Its irreverent, dark humor and strong story line made it an instant classic in my book, and I highly recommend it of you haven't seen it. The film never reached the success expected in theaters with really only a small select opening, but has gone on to garner a bit of a cult following. Director Michele Soavi had planned on filming a sequel in 2011 or 2012, but as of yet it doesn't appear to have happened.
Italian Director Mario Bava aged 65 passed away from natural causes this day in 1980. Credited with co-directing the first ever Italian science fiction film The Day The Sky Exploded (1958), Bava was a multi talent writer, director, cinematographer and special effects artist who was known for shaking things up. His films helped renew Italian horror, His horror/sci fi film Planet of the Vampires (1965) is seen by many as being a precursor to Alien. Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971) is seen retrospectively as being the first ever in the slasher film genre... and his accomplishments go on and on... RIP Mario, you were a man ahead of your time, and shall always be remembered.
Deadites the world over are well aware of the importance of today! Evil Dead had its nationwide release this day 1983. This one is such a seminal piece in modern Horror history Im honestly not even sure what to say lol. The film has gone on to international success, being referenced in countless movies in every imaginable country, and epitomizes what we here at The Horror Nation strives towards, bringing together people from all across the world in a common love of the genre and all it stands for. The film ensured the Raimi brothers and Bruce Campbells place in horror history, with 3 films in the series currently and one re imagining, as well as constant rumors and fan pleading for a 4th installment to the series. If you havent seen this one what the hell are you waiting for???!!! Go on... get to it, before I take your fan card away!
Alfred Packer dies 1907, at age 65 while incarcerated for manslaughter. Alfred Packer was among the travelers in the expedition that was trapped in the mountains 1874, he is the only to have made it out alive... There is still much debate as to what happened that winter and whether Aflred killed and ate his fellow travelers. His story has been a popular one, inspiring various adaptions over the years. Ravenous would be one of my personal favorites, with Cannibal the Musical coming in a close second, but there are many many others to explore too!
Born this day 1937 in Manhattan, New York 3 time Academy Award Winner Jack Nicholson celebrates his 77 birthday. Icon of the Genre Roger Corman gave Nicholson some of his earliest work in film with roles in The Cry Baby Killer, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven and The Terror where he would hone his skills toward future roles in the genre. He will go down in horror history for his role as Jack Torrence in Stanley Kubricks The Shining. We all know what happens when Jack overworks himself *shivers* so lets hope hes out "Playing" on his birthday! Happy Birthday Mr Nicholson, The Horror Nation wishes you Many Many more!
Stephen King once again inspired Nightmares when Pet Semetary opened in theaters back in 1989. Movie goers blood ran cold when Lil undead Gage uttered that famous line "Will you come over and play with me?". I actually remember watching this one on the big screen,and it definitely gave the audience chills! King did a fantastic job adapting this one from book to screenplay, making it one of the must see film for fans of his work.
One of my favorite moments in this one was when Jud (Fred Gywnne ~ Herman Munster from my youth) first took the screen. He completely creeped me out in this film!
Trekkies unite in song as George Takei turns 77 today! He will forever be known to many as Sulu from his Star Trek fame, but anyone who follows him is well aware of his many talents. He is a staunch proponent for gay rights, has won numerous awards for his work in Japanese-American relations and in Human rights. Mr Takei has shown himself to be quite the quick wit and kind heart with his enormously popular Facebook page that has helped him bridge the generational gap and earned him a place in the heart of the youth of America and beyond. Lets not forget his numerous books and voice over talents... Seems there is no slowing down Mr Takei, known affectionately to many as Uncle George. We wish you the Happiest of Birthdays, and we thank you for the good you do to leave this world a better place, we cant imagine the family with out you Uncle George! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!