Anna Slesers, the first victim of Albert DeSalvo aka The Boston Strangler is killed. DeSalvo went on to rape and murder somewhere between 11-14 victims between June 14 1962 and January 4, 1964. Debate continues to this day as to whether Desalvo actually killed all of those he claimed, with some believing it was the work of several home invaders working during the course of those two years, DNA evidence has however linked him conclusively to some of the murders. DeSalvo died in detention in 1973 when he was stabbed to death in the infirmary unit of the prison he was housed in, his murder is still unsolved to this day.
Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters debuted this day in South Korea back in 2003. South Korea makes some fantastic films and this one is up there, its a gripping psychological thriller/ horror that stunned audiences world wide. Its a tense and often misunderstood film that tends to make more sense the second time around. Its very cerebral, visually stunning, with beautiful cinematography, and a taut story line that leaves many walking away with as many questions as answers. It is a beautiful example of the incredible style of story telling I have come to love from S Korea. For those who have never ventured into the films of South Korea this is a great film to start with!
Moms to be got very spooked this day in history with the release of Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, in 1968 (has it really been that long??). Produced by William Castle, and starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon and Introducing Charles Grodin in his first feature film role. Rosemarys Baby went on to critical and financial success bringing in over $33 million dollars in us box office sales, and earning both Saturn Awards and Academy Awards and nominations. The film is listed on both the 100 Years ...100 Thrills (American Film Institute) and 100 Scariest Movie Moments(Bravo) Lists. An interesting side note it was during the filming of Rosemarys baby that Mia Farrow was served divorce papers (on set) ending her marriage to crooner Frank Sinatra.
Hard to believe its been 21 years since this one hit the big screen but today we mark the anniversary of Jurassic Park, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern. Its not hard to figure out why this one went on to become a franchise with the first film in the series raking in over ONE BILLION dollars in sales! Theres a reason it did so well in sales too, this film is grand and epic in every sense. It offered up something very different than the norm, appealing to everyone from dinosaur crazy kids to action hungry adults and even hit the horror hounds with some great suspense, giving it a wide audience that continues to grow even now!
If ever anyone didn't believe women could be ruthless cold hearted killers they need to look no further than this woman Amelia Dyer, aka The Baby Butcher. She found her maker this day 1896 in London, England when she was hanged for her crimes of baby farming, a practice much more common in history than we would like to admit. She was confirmed to have killed 6 children but numbers of deaths at her hand are rumored to be between 200- 400(some even estimate the number to be greater than that) presumably all children.
She would advertise to take children in for a one time payment and then in turn, offer them a good and loving home, desperate poverty stricken parents were lured in with hopes their children would go on to better lives then they could offer them. They would gather together what ever money they could, handing it and their children over to Amelia never knowing that they were in fact dooming their offspring to a very short and tragic life.
Born 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Michael J Fox turns 53 today! Its hard to imagine the 80's without this man, starring in The Back to The Future franchise, Teen Wolf and of course the tv hit Family Ties. Then in the 90s he played in cult hits Mars Attacks and (his last major role for many years) The Frightners, a family fav in this household. In 1998 fans of Fox were heart broken when he broke the news of his battle with Parkinsons Disease, which he had already been battling for nearly 8 years by that point. Fox stepped away from the hollywood machine around 2000 to better focus on his wife and family, taking small cameo appearances in a handful of shows over the years. Recently however, he has begun to step back into the lime light a bit! We wish the talented and lovable Michael J Fox a wonderful Happy Birthday and we wish you many more to come sir! Thank you for not only all the years of entertainment but for bravely stepping forward with your condition, and becoming a beacon for others afflicted with the disease, you sir are a source of courage for many!
Eli Roth once again shocked and awed audiences with the release of Hostel 2 this day in 2007. Roth both wrote and directed this sequel to his box office hit Hostel (2005). The film picks up with the one survivor from the original story, then moves on to a new set of victims, a group of young women, once again overseas, in the clutches of some very twisted folks. The end on this one alone would have been worth the price of admission! Hostel 2 reminds us why we LOVE Eli Roth, he once again pushed the envelope and offered up another controversial horror gore fest for us to feast on!