A great day in cult movie history with the release of Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things in 1973, directed and co written by Bob Clark,(who also brought us such cinema treasures as Black Christmas and Porky's). Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things is one of those staples in the classic zombie movie category. A must see for everyone, mixing comedy, sloppy special effects that are actually fairly effective for the time and genre, with a classic story line. Celebrate this films 41st anniversary, grab the dvd, pop up some corn and enjoy! ( WAIT did I say 41st?!?! when the heck did that happen??? ugh I'm getting old lol)
Today we send Birthday wishes out to director James Wan, born in Sarawak Malaysia 1977. If you are unfamiliar with him you ought to be ashamed of yourself. He co wrote and directed Saw, and has gone on to be involved in such horror blockbusters as Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2, and The Conjuring. I am excited to say "Demonic" (written by Wan) is currently in post-production!
Today we celebrate the original Man in Black Mr. Johnny Cash! He rocked Folsam Prison in 1968. He Walked the Line in '64, and told us the story of A Man Named Sue in '69. Well know for rockabilly crossover style, he unfortunately passed away in 2003 only four months after his wife June Carter, leading some to believe he died of a broken heart. Their love story was well known and documented in the 2005 film Walk the Line.
John Saul, celebrates his 62nd birthday today. The acclaimed author has been satisfying our horror literature needs since 1977 when Suffer the Sinners, with Dell Publishing, was released. He has since penned over 30 novels, and I will admit I have read almost all of them! His book Cry for the Strangers, was turned int o a made for tv movie starring Patrick Duffy in 1982.
Blues Rocker George Thorogood turns 64 today. He made a lasting impression in horror when in the opening of Christine we heard him and The Destroyers tune "Bad to the Bone"! The song helped set the tone for the entire movie and even all these years later I always think back to the dimly lit theatre, and that beautiful piece of automotive art every time "Bad to the Bone" comes on.
Director Terence Fisher was born this day 1904, in London, England. He went on to work on numerous horror films and is especially well known for his work with the Hammer Film Productions, bringing us such classics of the genre as Dracula, Brides of Dracula, Curse of Frankenstein, and The Curse of the Werewolf, just to name a few. He is also credited with being the first Director to bring Gothic Horror to life in full color, and begining the long lasting relationships between Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee with The Hammer Studios. Can't imagine what my formative years would have been without these powerhouses in Hammer Horror!