APRIL 19

BORN

1979 – Kate Hudson, who starred in “The Skeleton Key.”

1946 – Tim Curry, appeared in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and Pennywise the Clown in “Stephen King’s It” miniseries, Darkness in “Legend”.

1934 – Ox Baker, starred in “Escape from New York”, “Blood Circus” and “Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear.”

1930 – Dick Sargent, who became “Darrin #2″ on the TV show “Bewitched.”

1921 – Writer/director Don Sharp, his contributions to Hammer Films in films such as “The Kiss of the Vampire”, “The Devil-Ship Pirates”, “Rasputin: The Mad Monk”, “Hammer House of Horror (TV Series).” His non-Hammer films he directed include “Witchcraft”, “The Curse of the Fly”, “Dark Places”, “The Death Wheelers”, “What Waits Below” and more.

DIED

2019 – Martin Böttcher – Composer for “Creature With the Blue Hand,” and “The Monster of London City,” Soundtrack for “Dr. M Strikes.”

2005 – George P. Cosmatos, who directed “Of Unknown Origin” and “Leviathan.”

1994 – Michael Carreras, producer of many Hammer classics, including “Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb,” “The Curse of Frankenstein,” and “Horror of Dracula.”

1989 – Daphne Du Maurier who wrote the story “The Birds.”

FILMS RELEASED

Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – USA

Bedlam (1946) – NYC
The Company of Wolves (1984)

Intruder (1989) – USA video premiere

eXistenZ 1999) – (NYC premiere

Reeker (2005) – Tribeca Film Festival

Dark House (2009)

Hyenas (2011)

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APRIL 20

BORN

1986 – Sarah Nicklin, has appeared in “Chupacabra Territory”, “Dark Corners Horror Anthology (TV Series)”, “Flesh for the Inferno”, “Abandoned Dead”, “The Sins of Dracula”, “The Black Dahlia Haunting”, “Exhumed” and many more.

1972 – Carmen Electra, who appeared in “Scary Movie”, “Scary Movie 4″, “2-Headed Shark Attack”, and more.

1964 – Crispin Glover starred in “Friday The 13th; The Final Chapter,” “River’s Edge,” the 2003 remake of “Willard,” the 2007 remake of “The Wizard of Gore”.

1959 – Clint Howard films include “Evilspeak,” “Ticks,” “Ice Cream Man” and Rob Zombie’s “Halloween.”

1957 – Geraint Wyn Davies, starred in “Forever Knight (TV Series),” “Dracula: The Series (TV Series)”, “Trilogy of Terror II”, “American Psycho II: All American Girl.”

1949 – Veronica Cartwright who appeared in “The Birds,” “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978 version),” “Alien,” and “Invasion”.

1949 – Jessica Lange who starred in the 1976 remake of “King Kong,” and starred in American Horror Story (TV Series).”

1945 – Judith O’Dea who starred in “Night of the Living Dead”.

1926 – Elena Verdugo who starred in “House of Frankenstein,” and “The Frozen Ghost.”

1924 – Nina Foch, appeared in “Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (TV Movie)”, “Nomads”, “Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)”, “Cry of the Werewolf” and “The Return of the Vampire.”

1909 – George Tomasini his work in “Psycho,” and “The Birds,” as well as “I Married A Monster From Outer Space.”

1902 – Donald Wolfit who appeared in “Blood of the Vampire,” and “The Hands of Orlac.”

DIED

1991 – Don Siegel who directed “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and the “Twilight Zone” episodes “Uncle Simon”.

1973 – Robert Armstrong who starred in “King Kong,” “Son of Kong,” “Mighty Joe Young,” and “The Mad Ghoul”.

1912 – Bram Stoker, who wrote “Dracula”.

FILMS RELEASED

The Monster & The Ape (1945)
The Catman of Paris (1946)
Ganja and Hess (1973)
Dawn of the Dead (1979) – NYC
Trauma (1993) – USA video premiere
Dark Harvest (2004)
Vacancy (2007)
Witchmaster General (2009)
Night of the Pumpkin (2010)

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APRIL 21

BORN

1982 – Brianne Davis, has appeared in “The Haunting of Marsten Manor”, “Prom Night” remake, “The Victim”, “Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2”, “Among Friends”, “The Night Visitor”, “True Blood (TV Series)”, and more.

1974 – Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, appeared in “Dark Angel (TV Series)”, “The Absent”, “The Divide”, “The Victim”, “Jacob”, “Among Friends”, “Malignant”, “The Night Visitor” and more.

1935 – Charles Grodin who appeared in the films “The Incredible Shrinking Woman,” the 1976 version of “King Kong,” and “Rosemary’s Baby.”

DIED

2019 – Amelia Vargas, actress “The Phantom of the Operetta.”

2019 – Ken Kercheval, actor in tv movies “The Demon Murder Case,” and “Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell.”

2019 – Steve Golin, producer for “Case 39,” “Lord of Illusions,” “Candyman,” and “Hard Rock Zombies.”

2019 – Hannelore Elsner, actress in “Beloved Sister.”

1999 – Doreen Lang, who appeared in the films “Cabinet of Calagari” and “The Birds”.

1973 – Merian C. Cooper, producer of the original “King Kong,” other credits included “Mighty Joe Young,” “Son of Kong,” and “Dr. Cyclops.”

 FILMS RELEASED

Trick forTreat (1933)
The Phantom of the Convent (1935)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) – NYC
Pet Sematary (1989)
Alien Fury: Countdown To Invasion (2000)
Wendigo (2001) – Los Angeles Film Festival

Dead Meet a.k.a. Andre The Butcher (2005) – UK Dead by Dawn Horror Film Festival
My Dead Girlfriend (2006)
Silent Hill (2006)
The Hunted: Terms of Extermination (2009)

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APRIL 22

BORN

1986 – Amber Heard, starred in “The Stepfather”, “Zombieland”, “And Soon the Darkness”, “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”, “The Ward”, “Drive Angry” and “Machete Kills.”

1982 – Sarah French appeared in “Tales of the Dead”, “Camp Kill”, “Strip Club Slasher”, “Shriek of the Sasquatch!”, “Zombie Pirates”, “The Bitch That Cried Wolf” and more.

1971 – Eric Mabius, who starred in “The Crow: Salvation,” “Resident Evil” and “Reeker.”

1959 – Catherine Mary Stewart, who appeared in the films “Night of the Comet,” “Cherry 2000,” “The Last Starfighter” and “The Attic.”

1954 – Marilyn Chambers starred in David Cronenberg’s “Rabid.”

1939 – Jason Miller who played Father Damien Karras in “The Exorcist” and “The Exorcist III”.

1937 – Jack Nicholson was born on this day. He of course starred in “The Shining,” “Wolf,” and his second film appearance, the original “Little Shop of Horrors.”

1933 – Mark Damon, who appeared in the films “Black Sabbath,” “House of Usher,” and “Crypt of the Living Dead.”.

1923 – Aaron Spelling produced many films and TV series including “Kindred; The Embraced,” “Crowhaven Farm,” and “Satan’s School For Girls.”

DIED

2006 – Alida Valli, appeared in “Fatal Frames – Fotogrammi mortali”, “Inferno”, “Licanthropus, il figlio della notte”, “Suspiria”, “The House of Exorcism”, “The Antichrist”, “Tender Dracula, or Confessions of a Blood Drinker”, “Lisa and the Devil” and many more.

2005 – Norman Bird, who co-starred in the film “Hands of the Ripper”.

2005 – Maragret Landry who co-starred in “The Leopard Man”.

2003 – Andrea King, who appeared in “Blackenstein,” “The Beast With Five Fingers” and “Red Planet Mars”.

1999 – Bert Remsen, appeared in “Tarantula: The Deadly Cargo,” “TerrorVision” and “Humaniods From the Deep”.

1967 – Tom Conway who appeared in “The Atomic Submarine,” “Voodoo Woman,” and “I Walked With A Zombie”.

1946 – Lionel Atwill appearances in “Son of Frankenstein,” “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” and the “Houses” of both “Frankenstein,” and “Dracula.”

FILMS RELEASED

Invaders From Mars (1953)
The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) – Los Angeles
Hands of a Stranger a.k.a. Hands of the Strangler (1962)
The Beast Must Die (1974)
The Deadly Spawn (1983)
The Unholy (1988)
Lady in White (1988)
Tetsuo The Iron Man (1992) – NYC
Brainscan (1994)
Witchunter (2002)
Deadly Species (2003)
Dead Birds (2004) – Independent Film Festival of Boston
Graves End (2005)

Earth Day (2009)

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April 23

Born

1979 – Jamie King, who starred in “Sin City,” “The Spirit”, the 2009 remake of “My Bloody Valentine”, “Mother’s Day”, “Silent Night.”

1962 – John Hannah who starred in the 1999 remake of “The Mummy” and it’s two sequels “The Mummy Returns” and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”

1960 – Craig Sheffer, starred in “Nightbreed”, “Fire in the Sky”, “The Grave”, “Hellraiser: Inferno”, “Battledogs” and more.

1921 – Janet Blair who starred in “Burn, Witch, Burn.”

1910 – Mysterious beauty Simone Simon, who starred in “Cat People,” “Curse of the Cat People” and “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”

1898 – Cinematographer Ernest Laszlo, who worked on “Attack Of The Puppet People.”

Died

2019 – David Winters, actor in “The Last Horror Film,” “Out of the Unknown,” Directed “Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie),” Produced “Devil’s Harvest,” Night Trap,” The Lost Platoon,” “Night Wars,” “Killer Workout,” and Creative Consultant for “The Island of Dr. Moreau.”

2019 – Terry Rawlings, Editor for “Alien,” “The Sentinel,” “The Awakening,” Sound Department “The Nightcomers,” Editorial Department “Doctor Blood’s Coffin.”

2019 – Lorenzo Quinteros, appeared in episodes of “Mysterious Route #1-#8,” The Man Who Returned From Death “1-#14” and Dracula #1-#11.”

2019 – Tadeusz Pluciński, appeared in the TV Short “Dance Master.”

2019 – Vojislav “Voja” Mirić, actor in “The Master and Margaret,” and TV Movie “San Dr. Misica.”

2019 – Igor Pervic, actor in “A Holy Place,” “Beyond the Door III.”

2006 – Jennifer Jayne, who appeared in the films “Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors,” “The Trollenberg Terror” (a.k.a. “The Crawling Eye), and “They Came From Beyond space”.

2004 – Don Priest, who appeared in the films “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Rattlers” and the TV movie “Moon Of The Wolf”.

1985 – Kent Smith, starred in “Cat People”, “The Curse of the Cat People”, “The Cat Creature” and more.

Films Released

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1912)
The Vanishing Shadow (1934) (12 part serial)
The Mystery of Marie Roget (1942)
Touch of Evil (1958) – Los Angeles
Rattlers (1976)
Carnage (1984)
The Dark Half (1993)
eXistenZ (1999)
Beyond Re-Animator (2003) – USA (limited)
Zombie Honeymoon (2004) – USA
Shutter (2004) – Tribeca Film Festival
Requiem For A Vampire (2006)
Through the Woods (2010)

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April 24

Born

1974 – Eric Kripke, creator/writer/producer of the TV series “Supernatural”.

1973 – Damon Lindelof, writer/producer of “Prometheus”.

1969 – Melinda Clarke, who starred in “Return of the Living Dead III” and “Spawn.” She is played “Kelly Donovan on the TV series “The Vampire Diaries.”

1950 – Peter Jason who appeared in “John Carpenter’s Ghosts Of Mars,” “Body Bags,” “Arachnophobia” and the TV movies “Harpies” and “Planet Of Raptors: Raptor Island 2.”

1940 – Michael Parks, appeared in “The Evictors”, “Nightmare Beach”, “From Dusk till Dawn”, “Wicked”, “Deathproof”, and “Planet Terror”.

1914 – Producer/director/huckster, the King of Gimmicks, the late William Castle. Some of his film work included “House On Haunted Hill,” “The Tingler,” and “Rosemary’s Baby.”

Died

2019 – Jean-Pierre Marielle, actor “The Return of James Battle.”

2007 – Roy Jenson who appeared in the films “13 Ghosts” (as a ghost), “Soylent Green’ and ” The Car”.

1998 – Frederic Downs appeared in “Terror From The Year 5000″ and “Bug”.

1974 – Comedian Bud Abbott, one half of the legendary comic team of Abbott and Costello appeared in such films as “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy”, “Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man”, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff”, “Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein”, “Hold That Ghost” and so many more wonderful comedies.

Films Released

Dracula (1931) (Spanish version)
Night of Terror (1933)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955) – Japan
The Hand (1981)

Cannibal Ferox aka Make Them Die Slowly (1981) – Italy

Ms .45 (1981)
My Demon Lover (1987)
Scream 2 (1997) – USA re-release
Creepshow 3 (2006) – Bristol, RI

The Pit and the Pendulum (2009)

Tell Tale (2009) – Tribeca Film Festival

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April 25

Born

1988 – Sara Paxton, has appeared in “The Last House on the Left “, “The Innkeepers”, “Shark Night 3D”, “Static”, “Cheap Thrills.”

1987 – Heather Sossaman, stars in “Unfriended”, “Desecrated” and has appeared in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Series).”

1979 – Giuseppe Andrews, who appeared in “Cabin Fever,” “Cabin Fever 2,” “Independence Day” and “2001 Maniacs.”

1977 – Marguerite Moreau, has appeared in “The Uninvited”, “Firestarter 2: Rekindled”, “Queen of the Damned”, “Mighty Joe Young.”

1969 – Renee Zellweger who appeared in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation” and “My Boyfriend’s Back.”

1947 – Jeffrey DeMunn, “The Walking Dead (TV Series),” “Christmas Evil”, “The Hitcher”, “The Blob”, “The Haunted”, “The X Files”, “The Mist” and many more.

Died

2019 – Frank Henson, stuntman in “The Wolfman (2010),” “Nightbreed,” “Rawhead Rex,” “Lifeforce,” “An American Werewolf in London,” “Death Machine,” and “Amsterdamned.”

2019 – Larry Jenkins, Actor “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark,” “Prison,” Producer “Sorority Sister Slaughter.”

2012 – Paul L. Smith, co-starred in “Haunted Honeymoon”, “Crimewave”, “Dune”, “Pieces” and more.

2007 – The creator of “The Monster Mash,” Bobby “Boris” Pickett, appeared in “Deathmaster,” “Lobster Man from Mars” and “Monster Mash: The Movie.”

1972 – George Sanders who appeared in the original “Village of the Damned,” “The Lodger”.

Films Released

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1908)
Invisible Ghost (1941)
Five (1951) – NYC premiere
House of Wax (1953)
The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud (1975) – NYC
Crimewave (1985)
Identity (2003)
Dracula’s Curse (2006)

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