Sharon Mitchell turns 58, January 18th. She can be seen in numerous cult horror films, such Feast, Class of Nuke 'Em High II: Subhumaniod Meltdown, and Maniac. Sharon has a colorful past as an erotic film actress and director spanning more than 2 decades. She is only one of MANY (actress', actors and even directors), who worked in both the adult and mainstream film industry. Mrs. Mitchell went on to co-founded the Adult Industry Health Care Foundation, in 1998 which tested over a thousand adult performers a month, as well as offered counseling for drug and psychological issues, until its close (due to a Breach of confidentiality/security lawsuit filed) in 2011.
January 17th of 1979 Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night aka Nosferatu the Vampyre) had its release overseas, in France. The film was directed by German grea,t Werner Herzog, and stars the always creepy Klaus Kinski, as Count Dracula. Werners' adaptation is a stylized remake of the original 1922 film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. A point of interest with the film is Werner was asked to produce two versions simultaneously, one German and one English, so all dialogue scenes were filmed twice with the original actors speaking both languages rather than dubbing, this was all done on a minimal budget with a crew of only 16.
Light the candles and call your friends, because today we celebrate the birth of a living legend. January 16, 1948 John Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York. He has gone on to become one of the most beloved horror directors of modern times. His film Halloween has become the anthem of the holiday, helping to transform Halloween from the kiddie orientated candy grab I grew up, with into the multi-billion dollar adult orientated industry it has become.
Multi talented Director, William "One-Shot" Beaudine, was born January 15, 1892. His credits are vast and varied, with close to 350 films, and countless TV episodes ( which range from Walt Disneys' Wonderful World of Color to The Green Hornet). His film work also covers the gambit of genres, with 30 pictures under his belt before "talkies" even began. He directed some of the great actors and actresses of his day with names like Pickford, and Lugosi. His last two films, Jesse James Meets Frankenstiens' Daughter, and Billy the Kid Versus Dracula, were released in 1966, at which point he was the oldest working professional in the industry, having started as an actor in 1909.
Splatterpunk author Richard Laymon, who has brought us stories Such as Beast House, The Woods are Dark, and Shoot out at Joes, was born on this day January 14, 1947. Laymon book The Woods Are Dark was re-released in 2008, after his daughter painstakingly reconstructed the novel to its original manuscript. It had previously been published in in 1981, after massive amounts of editing, including dropping 50 pages from the printed copy, to make the book more palatable/safe for the publishing company. Laymon credited that move with basically destroying his career in America. The author did a find a happy home with the overseas audience, and ended up authoring about 30 novels. Towards the end of his life he began to see the American fan base grow. He won the Bram Stoker Award for best novel 2001, posthumous, for his work The Traveling Vampire Show.
January 13th 1995, Tales from the Crypt released Demon Knight starring Billy Zane and Jada Pinkett. Interestingly Demon Knight was to be the second film in a trilogy, however it is the only one of the three that was actually made. If you've watched Bordello of Blood, another Tales from the Crypt production which was released after Demon Knight ( but is not a sequel), you may have noticed that the blood key artifact is shown in both films.
January 12th, 1979 saw the arrest, of one half of the serial killing team THE HILLSIDE STRANGLERS, Kenneth Bianchi. The Hillside Stranglers, Angelo Buono, Jr. and Kenneth Bianchi, kidnapped, raped and torture killed 12 women between October of 1977 and January 1979. ( Bianchi is also still a suspect in another famous unsolved case, The Alphabet Murders.) Both men are currently serving life sentences for their crimes, which have inspired at least 3 movies ( The Case of The Hillside Stranglers - 1989, The Hillside Strangler - 2004 and Ramapage: The Hillside Strangler Murders - 2006 ), and several books.