Believe it or not Dirty Harry, aka Clint Eastwood turns 84 today! Eastwood has shown himself to be a multi faceted talent over the years, crossing genres and roles with acting, directing and composing all under his belt! His 1971 directorial debut, Play Misty For Me, which he also stars in is still considered to be a must watch for fans of psychological thrillers. Bravos 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments list ranks it at number 26. Its the story of a one night stand gone wrong and you can see how it influenced films like Fatal Attraction, with the scorned woman showing Hell truly hath no fury us like ladies! So today we tip our hat and say Happy Birthday to you Mr. Clint Eastwood! We at The Horror nation wish you many many more to come!
American horror film The Strangers released this day in 2008, with one of the creepiest answers to the eternal horror victims question of WHY??? Starring Liv Tyler, and Scott Speedman this film is ranked on several Scary movie lists! It was made for a measly 9 million but went on to earn over 82 million, and is a must see film! It is down right creepy and takes the classic home invasion story to a new level. if you haven't seen this one do yourself a favor and check it out, but be sure to watch it with a friend as this one will leave you second guessing every noise you hear in those quiet dark moments for quite some time!
Cult film Dead and Buried, by director Gary Sherman, with a young Robert Englund as one of the stars, released this day in 1981. Dead and Buried was originally banned in some areas for being to "nasty", as with most "banned' materials that has just helped to increase its cult following over the years! The film is an very unique and Id love to say more but dont want to spoil the very cool surprises this one holds for anyone who hasn't seen it. Celebrate this 33rd anniversary with a viewing party, dead and Buried can be found on some VOD channels currently, catch this one while you can!
Today we celebrate Ian Flemming, born this day 1908 In Canterbury, United Kingdom. Ian Flemming used his experience as a Naval Intelligence officer and journalist to help inspire and create the still loved James Bond Series Bond has hit the big screen 23 times with 6 different leading men over the years playing the spy every man wants to be and every woman just wants! For my money it will always be Connery, but I Love what Daniel Craig has brought to the character. Craig is so strong in the role it makes it a complete toss up as to who will go down in history as the BEST Bond! So maybe this isn't actual horror history but c'mon now who doesn't love James Bond??!
This is a big week in Horror History birthdays and I cant list Mr Peter Cushing with out giving a nod to these great men as well, so here we go!
A personal Horror hero of mine born this day 1911, in St Louis, Mo, Vincent Price! I have adored his suave demeanor, and incredible presence since I can remember. He had a style unmatched and a voice that is to this day unmistakable. His body of work is incredible, but he will always be beloved for his work in the Poe adaptation films which helped shape my childhood and even got me reading Poe an age 7! Of course we have to give him a nod for his voice over work in Michael Jacksons Thriller too, which changed music entertainment forever! On a personal note he also starred in The Last man on Earth which was the first Movie I ever saw at the theater (in a special reshowing in the early 70s), I was literally an infant and it just goes to show horror has been a part of my life since before I can remember!
1922 Belgravia, London saw the birth of Sir Christopher Lee who turns 92 today! Not only is he an icon of the genre, but he is still going strong with new and unexpected ventures, releasing a symphonic metal album back in 2010! He has since gone on to record several more metal albums including a christmas album, proving you are never too old to follow a dream or do something new! He is a scary inspiration of a man, and we at The Horror Nation want to wish him the Happiest of Birthdays, hope hes rocking it out to his own unique beat! Sir Christopher you are an amazing talent and we are grateful you continue to share your gifts with us fans, Happy Birthday Sir!
1913 saw the birth of one of the men who made Hammer studios great Peter Cushing, born today 1913 in Surrey, England. He will forever be linked with with the some of the greatest names in horror starring opposite Christopher Lee and Vincent Price numerous times over the years. His filmography in the genre is vast but some that you may not be aware of would be two Dr Who movies, don't forget he was in Stars Wars as well! Unfortunately Mr Cushing left this earthly plane at age 81 after a 12 year battle with prostate cancer, in August of 1994.
Today we say Happy Birthday to a very distinguished actor Sir Ian McKellen, born in Lancashire England 1939. He was Knighted back in 1991 for his service to the arts and his career has continued to propel him into the social conscience in great films like The Lord of The Rings films, The X-Men series. He is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights worldwide and is the cofounder of Stonewall a Lobby group in the UK named after the infamous Stonewall riots of 1969 (Greenwich Village, New York). His awards and accolades are too many to list, and they range from stage, screen and charity works hes been involved in overt the years. One of my personal favorites ( ummmm ok so they are pretty much all favorites he fantastically talented) is his stunning performance in Apt Pupil which I have been intending to do as a throwback review. He is simply grace epitomized on screen, with an air about him that is unmistakable! Thank you Sir Ian McKellen for all the good you do and all the joy you bring! We at The Horror Nation want to take a moment to raise a glass in cheers to you, Happy Birthday Sir, we wish you many many more!!