Chang and Eng Bunker arrived in the United States at age 18, in 1929. In 1939 they would settle in North Carolina where they would live out their remaining days, each marrying and fathering a total of 21 children between them. Why is this of any interest to us you ask?? Well you see Chang and Eng are the ORIGINAL Siamese Twins, the term was first used to describe this set of Thai twins.Although fused together at the liver and waist, the twins went on to live fairly long lives, dying at the age of 62.
One of my personal Favorite sci fi horror films since the days of Alien released in the USA this day back in 1997, Event Horizon with a fantastic cast that includes Kathleen Quinlan, Laurence Fishburn, and one of my must watch actors Sam Neill, Event Horizon is a trip into the crews subconscious doubts, fears and regrets, for me it always seemed to give a nod of homage to both Alien and Galaxy of Terror two sci fi films of my youth that helped shape my love for the genre. This was a BIG budget film coming in around between 50 or 60 million depending the source you check, recouping only about 47 million of that the film was considered a box office flop (which may be attributed to the forced edit of 30 additional minutes from the film, primarily based on studio decision that it was too violent and offered up too much gore! sound like it a winner to us), but has gone on to develop a bit of a cult following.
This day in 1932 Hollywood lost a star that crossed genres into the hearts of all... Rin Tin Tin passed away Aug 14th 1932 RIP. Ok so not horror but C'mon now who doesn't love a dog?! Just in case you didn't know the original Rin Tin Tin star was a rescue pup. He was rescued from the World War 1 France battlefields by a US soldier who then brought him and another rescue pup to the states, where Rin Tin Tin went on to live out the American Dream.
Master Of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock was born this day in 1899 (can you believe that?) April of 1980 we lost this genius of a man, who still today influences the genre greatly. Born in Essex England Hitchcock had a very successful career in Britain but eventually decided to make his way to Hollywood, making the move in 1939, and eventually becoming an American citizen in 1955. Hitchcock made over 50 films, and his career spanned over 6 decades. I still remember as a child watching his Hitchcock presents on tv, a highlight of the viewing week, to this day the intro still makes me and I have no doubt millions smile! Some of his best loved and most renowned work, great films to familiarize yourself with if you haven't yet watched this master... The Birds, Psycho,The Lodger:A story of the London Fog, The Lady Vanishes, Life boat and Vertigo, these are just a small sampling of his vast and still entertaining filmography so in homage to this great master pick a movie or two and a night, then spend it in the great company of the Master of Suspense.
Stephen King found another of his adaptations hitting the big screen Aug 12,1983, when CUJO made its release. The film stars Dee Wallace and Danny Pintauro (who you may also remember from tv series Who's the Boss). The adaptation was written by King himself , its touted to this day as a must see for horror fans. I myself however will admit I haven't ever watched this, call me a softie but I have a hard time watching anything based solely on the blood lust of a cute furry animal... I know, I know I can hear the groans of disdain from here lol, but they make me cry!!! And you wouldn't want me to cry now would you?!
Japanese audiences turned out en mass this day 1962 when two creature kings met on the big screen in King Kong vs Godzilla. American fans had to wait almost a full year before we had our chance to peep this cult creature feature by Toho comapny. It wasnt until June 26th of 1963 that King Kong vs Godzilla had its nationwide American release.
The nation rested a bit easier this day in 1977, after news broke of the arrest of David Berkowitz, aka Son Of Sam ( also know as .44 Caliber Killer). David Berkowitz is currently serving 6 life sentences for the killing span that lasted just over a year and took 6 lives, injuring 7 others. Initially Berkowitz claimed he was possessed by a demon and that his neighbors dog had ordered the killings, he has gone on to deny those claims. Even now there is much controversy around this case, many believe Berkowitz to be a patsy and not the actual killer or perhaps only one of several killers which would help explain the numerous varying witness descriptions of the assailant.