Influential horror/science fiction author H P Lovecraft died this day in 1937 at the age of 46. He never got to see the impact his writing would have, dying almost unknown and impoverished. He has gone on to influence countless author, filmmakers and artists world wide. With adaptations of his works far too numerous to name here, in almost as many mediums of art. He is easily one of the most important genre writers of the 20th century, and if you have not read any of his works you most certainly should, as even today his impact continues to be felt in the genre we love. Thank you Mr. Lovecraft for all you did, its hard to imagine where the genre would be without the likes of you!
Crispin Glover took reign of the Rats with his role of Willard in the reworked film of the same name in 2003. The film wasn't the box office success that was hoped. It had a budget of 20 million but showed poorly at the box office pulling in only about 8.5 million. However if you are a fan of either Glover or the original film it is definitely worth watching with a powerful performance by Glover in the lead role, & R Lee Ermey as his boss. It is a fantastic film that didn't garner the accolades that it deserved in my opinion. It is a tense and emotional film, and Glover was Nominated for Best Actor at the 2004 Saturn Awards for his portrayal. You may be interested to know that he also does a cover version of the original Michael Jackson song Ben in this film.
Deadites rejoice this day with the release of Evil Dead 2 in 1987. There is still some argument as to whether this film was a true remake or a sequel, but lets be honest we don't really care as long as some one puts it so we can revel in the awesomeness of it! Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Bruce Campbell, this film is one of three that make up the series, not including the recent remake, which me being a purist just cant include (sorry folks). The series is one of the most beloved horror series of all times with constant rumors of a part 4 teasing the eager fans for years now. It made Campbell into a household name for horror fans across the nation, raising him to a level of horror Icon, and I proudly say All Hail The King!
Today we wish Ron Jeremy Happy Birthday! He turns 61 today. Named one of "The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time", he has proven his diversity with numerous roles in mainstream and low budget horror films. His filmography is actually pretty vast with roles in such films as The Boondock Saints, Crank: High Voltage, One Eyed Monster, and more recently Bloody Bloody Bible Camp, just to name a few. He was won numerous awards over the years including The Sex Awards "Lifetime Achievement Award" in 2013 and most surprisingly Free Speech Coalitions "Positive Image Award" in 2009. Happy Birthday Mr. Jeremy and we wish you many more!
Convicted kidnapper and and alleged child molester Andre Rand was born 1944 orinally named Frank Rushan, no one is really sure why he is now known as Andre Rand. He had several convictions prior to the kidnap charges that he is now serving 50 years for, he will be eligible for parole at age 93. He was involved in several crimes that involved children, from attempted kidnapping and assault to the unlawful imprisonment, for taking 11 children in a bus without parental consent to a restaurant and then the Newark Liberty International Airport. His story once again caught the public's attention when the documentary Cropsey hit the screen. Many believe he is behind a rash of missing children in the area between 1972-1987, that still have not been found.
Nature turned on us yet again this day in 1972, when we were forced to contemplate the horrors of "FROGS"! A fantastic eco-horror film of a plantation owning family that abuses the land and pays the ultimate price. It was one of many eco-horror films that became popular during the period, but this is one of my daughters favorites, a film that regularly graced the Saturday afternoon monster movie tv of my youth! It is a fun completely over the top silly movie that warned if you are squeamish STAY HOME! If you're looking for a fun old monster style horror film to share with the kiddos this is a great option.
"We were warned of He Who Walks Behind The Rows" on this day in 1984 with the theatrical release of Film adaptation of Stephen Kings' work The Children of the Corn. King had written the original draft of the screenplay but it was scrapped in favor of George Goldsmiths version, which focused more on the violence and less on the back story of the uprising of the children. The film has spawned 7 sequels and the made for tv remake of the original.The film did a great job in casting some of the creepiest kids of the 80s with John Franklin who played Issac, and Courtney Gains who played Malachai. Children of the Corn is a great example of 80s horror.