December 22

Born On December 22

1982 – Brooke Nevin, has appeared in “Infestation” and “I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Supernatural (TV Series)”, “Charmed (TV Series)”, “Tales from the Cryptkeeper (TV Series)”, “Are You Afraid of the Dark? (TV Series)”, “Goosebumps (TV Series).”

1974 – Heather Donahue appeared in “The Blair Witch Project,” the TV movie “Taken,” “The Morgue” and in a 1995 “Outer Limits” episode entitled “Claire.”

1968 – Dina Meyer, who played “Detective Allison Kerry” in the “Saw” films, also appeared in the 2010 remake of “Piranha.”

1962 – Ralph Fiennes, starred in such films as “Red Dragon’.

1936 – Hector Elizondo, appeared in the TV movie, “The Dain Curse” and the film “Leviathan.”

1927 – Peggy Castle who starred in the films “Beginning of the End” and “Back From the Dead.”

1922 – Barbara Billingsley, who appeared in the film “Invaders From Mars” and the TV movie “Bay Coven.”

1922 – Ruth Roman, who appeared in the films “Deathdream,” “Day of the Animals” and “A Knife for the Ladies.”

1917 – Freddie Francis, whose credits include the films “Creeping Flesh,” the 1975 Hammer version of “The Ghoul,” “Dracula Has Risen From the Grave.” “Trog,” “Evil of Frankenstein,” and Craze (1974).

Died On December 22

2009 – Michael Currie, who appeared in “Dead & Buried” and “Halloween III”. He played “Sheriff Jonas Carter” on the original “Dark Shadows.”

2002 – Kenneth Tobey, starred in “The Thing From Another World,” “It Came From Beneath the Sea,” “The Vampire,” “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms” and “The Naked Monster.”

1992 – Bolaji Badejo, who played the Alien creature in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” film.

1983 – Charles Lloyd Pack, appeared in “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell”, “The Man Who Haunted Himself”, “The Shuttered Room”, “The Reptile”, “The Terror of the Tongs”, “The Man Who Could Cheat Death”, “Corridors of Blood” “The Revenge of Frankenstein”, “Horror of Dracula”, “Curse of the Demon” and many more.

Films Released On December 22

The Mummy (1932)
Son of Kong (1933)
The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
Daughter of Horror (1955)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Dracula Dead and Loving It (1995)
Dracula 2000 (2000)
Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Paranormal Entity (2009) – USA DVD premiere
Shattered Lives (2009)

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December 23

Born On December 23

1978 – Estella Warren, appeared in “Evil Remains.”

1971 – Corey Haim, starred in the films “Silver Bullet,” “The Lost Boys,” “Lost Boys: The Tribe” and “Watchers.”

1936 – Frederic Forrest, in the films “It Lives Again,” the TV movie “The Deliberate Stranger” and Dario Argento’s “Trauma.”

1911 – Fuyuki Murakami, appeared in the original 1954 version of “Gojira,” a.k.a. “Godzilla,” “Radon” and “Monster Zero.”

Died On December 23

2000 – Billy Barty, appeared in the films “Bride of Frankenstein,” (he was the tiny baby in the jar).

1998 – David Manners who portrayed “Jonathan Harker” in the original 1931 version of “Dracula” and appeared in the films “The Black Cat” and the original “Mummy”.

1995 – Patric Knowles who appeared in the films “The Wolf Man,” “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” and “Terror in the Wax Museum”.

1979 – Ernest B. Schoedsack, director of such films as “King Kong,” “Son of Kong,” “Mighty Joe Young” and “Dr. Cyclops”.

Films Released On December 23

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) – New York City
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Scars of Dracula (1970)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
The Bone Snatcher (2003) – USA DVD premiere
Cadaver Bay (2003)
Pulse 3 (2008)
Solomon Kane (2009) – France

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December 24

Born On December 24

1985 – Laura Aikman, has appeared in “The Hatching”, “Demons (TV Mini-Series)” and “Bloodmonkey.”

1972 – Carmen Moore, appeared in “iZombie (TV Series)”, “Supernatural (TV Series)”, “Wolf Lake (TV Series)”, “Spooky House.”

1957 – Scott Spiegel, producer/actor/director – jack of all trades and crony of Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell. He worked on the films “Evil Dead”, “Evil Dead II”, “Darkman”, “Intruder”, “From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money”, “Hostel: Part III” and more.

1954 – Kazunori Itô who wrote the screen plays for the films “Gamera, Guardian of the Universe,” “Necronomicon,” “Gamera 2: Assault of the Legion” and “Gamera 3: The Awakening of Iris.”

1945 – Nicholas Meyer, who directed the films “Time After Time,” “Star Trek II: the Wrath of Kahn” and “Star Trek IV: the Undiscovered Country.”

1944 – Katsuhiko Saski, who appeared in the films “Terror of Mechagodzilla,” “Godzilla vs. Biolante” and “Evil of Dracula.”

1923 – David F. Friedman, who has produced such films as “Blood Feast,” “2,000 Maniacs” and “2001 Maniacs.”

1910 – Writer Fritz Leiber, Jr., who penned the novel “Conjure Wife” on which the films “Weird Woman” and “Burn, Witch Burn” were based and appeared in the 1970 film “Equinox.”

1906 – Composer Franz Waxman, who did the scores for such films as “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Invisible Ray,” “Devil-Doll,” and the original “Twilight Zone” TV series.

Died On December 24

2012 – Jack Klugman, starred in one of the classic episodes of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone (TV Series).”

2012 – Charles Durning, appeared in “When a Stranger Calls “, “When a Stranger Calls Back”, “Dark Night of the Scarecrow”, “The Fury” and more.

1994 – Rossano Brazzi, appeared in the films “Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks,” “Omen II: the Final Conflict” and “Young Dracula”.

1975 – Bernard Herrman, who composed the scores for the films “Psycho,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still”.

Films Released On December 24

The Ghost Ship (1942) – New York City
The Phantom (1943)
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964)
The Ninth Gate (1999) – USA & Italy

Murder-Set-Pieces (2004) – Los Angeles

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December 25 – Happy Santa Day

Born On December 25

1985 – Perdita Weeks, appeared in “As Above, So Below” and “Prowl.”

1981 – Moneca Delain, appeared in “Supernatural (TV Series)”, “Lost Boys: The Tribe”, “Trick ‘r Treat”.

1952 – CCH Pounder, who has appeared in such films as “Tales From the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight,” “Halloween Resurrection,” and the TV movies “House of Frankenstein 1997” and “Psycho IV: The Beginning.”

1942 – Sissy Spacek who played the title role of “Carrie,” starred in “An American Haunting,” “The Ring 2” and also the set dresser on the 1974 film “Phantom of the Paradise.”

1934 – John Ashley, who starred in “Brides of Blood,” “The Mad Doctor of Blood Island,” “Beast of the Yellow Night” and the American made “Frankenstein’s Daughter.”

1928 – Dick Miller appeared in numerous films such as the original “Bucket of Blood,” “Gremlins,” “The Howling”, “It Conquered the World” and many more.

1924 – Rod Serling, writer and creator of “The Twilight Zone” and “Night Gallery.”

1903 – J. Edward Bromberg, appeared in the films “Son of Dracula,” and the 1943 version of “Phantom of the Opera.”

1899 – Humprey Bogart, who starred in the film “The Return of Dr. X.”

Died On December 25

1997 – Shinichirô Nakamura , who wrote the story on which the screenplay of “Mothra” was based.

1995 – Dean Martin, starred in “Scared Stiff.”

Films Released On December 25

Cat People (1942)
The Beast With Five Fingers (1946) – USA premiere
The Black Castle (1952) – New York City
Bell, Book and Candle (1959) – New York City
Abby (1974)
Altered States (1980)
An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
The Faculty (1998)
Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Darkness (2004)
Wolf Creek (2005)
Black Christmas (2006)
AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem (2007)
The Spirit (2008)
The Darkest Hour (2011)

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December 26

Born On December 26

1975 – Hunter Carson, starred in the 1986 remake of “Invaders From Mars.”

1971 – Jared Leto, appeared in the films “American Psycho,” “Urban Legends” and “Panic Room.”

1930 – Donald Moffat appeared in the 1982 remake of “The Thing,” “Monster in the Closet,” and the TV series “Logan’s Run.”

1921 – Steve Ritch played the title role in the film “The Werewolf.”

1903 – Elisha Cook, Jr., appeared in the original “House on Haunted Hill,” “Blacula” and the TV movie “Salem’s Lot.”

Died On December 26

2014 – Rhodes Reason, starred in “King Kong Escapes”.

2005 – Vincent Schiavelli, appeared in “Lord of Illusions”.

2001 – Paul Landres directed the films “The Return of Dracula,” “The Vampire”.

2000 – Jason Robards, starred in the films “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue”.

1993 – Jeff Morrow, who starred in the films “Kronos,” “The Giant Claw” and “This Island Earth”.

1986 – The “Bride of Frankenstein” herself, Elsa Lanchester.

1977 – Howard Hawks, who directed the film “The Thing From Another World”.

1971 – Robert Lowery, appeared in the films “Revenge of the Zombies,” “The Mummy’s Ghost,” “The Undertaker and His Pals”.

Films Released On December 26

Rodan (1956) – Japan
The Exorcist (1973)
Dark Remains (2005) – USA DVD premiere

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December 27

Born On December 27

1993 – Olivia Cooke, starred in “Ouija”, “Bates Motel (TV Series)”, “The Quiet Ones” and “The Signal.”

1981 – Emilie de Ravin, appeared in the 2006 remake of “The Hills Have Eyes,” “Santa’s Slay”, “Roswell (TV Series).

1975 – Heather O’Rourke, the little star of “Poltergeist I, II & III,” her part in the film was originally intended for Drew Barrymore.

1966 – Eva LaRue, appeared in “RoboCop 3”, “Ghoulies Go to College”, “They Came from Outer Space (TV Series)” and “Freddy’s Nightmares (TV Series).”

1966 – Bill Goldberg, who starred in “Santa’s Slay” and “Universal Soldier: The Return.”

1963 – Melissa Moore, has appeared in “Hellborn”, “Sorority House Massacre II”, “Vampire Cop”, “The Invisible Maniac”, “Scream Dream” and “Evil Spawn.”

1962 – Barbara Crampton, appeared in the films “Re-Animator,” Reborn (2018), Replace (2017), “From Beyond”, “Chopping Mall,” a bit part in Body Double (1984), Beyond the Gates (2016), Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) and many more.

1951 – Charles Band, prolific writer/producer/director of B-films. He formed Empire Pictures and then Full Moon Pictures. He has created such franchises as “Puppet Master”, “Subspecies”, and hundreds more.

1941 – John Amos, appeared in “Two Evil Eyes.”

1915 – Guy Rolfe who played the title role in the film “Mr. Sardonicus” and portrayed “Toulan” in “Puppet Master III, 4, 5 & 7.”

Died On December 27

2012 – Harry Carey Jr., appeared in “The Exorcist III”, “Gremlins”, “Endangered Species”, and “Billy the Kid Versus Dracula”.

1999 – Michael McDowell, who wrote the screen plays for “BeetleJuice,” “Thinner” and “Tales From The Darkside: The Movie”.

Films Released On December 27

The Invisible Woman (1940)
Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (1951)
The Willies (1990)
Twelve Monkeys (1995) – USA limited
Witchcraft 7: Judgment Hour (1995)

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December 28

Born On December 28

1987 – Thomas Dekker, played “John Connor” on the TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and appeared in the 2010 remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

1982 – Beau Garrett, who appeared in “Turistas”.

1977 – Vanessa Ferlito, starred in “Death Proof” and “Grindhouse.”

1952 – Denzel Washington, who has starred in “Fallen,” “The Bone Collector” and “Deja Vu.”

1946 – Edgar Winter, who wrote and performed the song “Frankenstein.”

1923 – Andrew Duggan, appeared in such films as “Return To Salem’s Lot,” “It Lives Again”.

1908 – Lew Ayres, appeared in the films “Salem’s Lot,” “Damien: Omen II”.

1888 – F.W. Murnau, directed the films “Der Januskopf” (a.k.a. “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde), the 1922 version of “Nosferatu” and “Faust.”

Died On December 28

2012 – Jon Finch, appeared in “Lurking Fear”, “Hammer House of Horror (TV Series)”, “The Horror of Frankenstein”, “The Vampire Lovers”.

1998 – April Kent starred in “The Incredible Shrinking Man”.

1996 – Don Nagle starred in “Bride of the Monster” and “Night of the Ghouls”.

1983 – William Demarest appeared in episodes of “The Twilight Zone” and the TV movie “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.”

1977 – Minoru Takada, who appeared in the films “Atragon,” “Ghidrah, the Three Headed Monster” and “Atomic Rulers of the World”.

Films Released On December 28

The Mysterians (1957) – Japan

Monstersdotcom (2003)
Shadows (2007)

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