December 20

Born on December 20

1970 – Nicole de Boer, starred in the TV series’ “Stephen King’s Dead Zone,” “Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil,” as well as TV episodes of “Forever Knight,” “Beyond Reality” and “The Outer Limits.”

1968 – Eduardo Sánchez, Writer/producer/director of such films as “The Blair Witch Project,” “Altered” “Lovely Molly,” “V/H/S/2,” “Exists,” “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (TV Series)”, and more.

1963 – Jörg Buttgereit, writer/director of extreme horror films such as “Nekromantik”, “Nekromantik 2”, “Der Todesking: The Death King”, “Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer”, “Green Frankenstein” and more.

1952 – Jenny Agutter, who starred in “An American Werewolf in London” and “Child’s Play 2.”

1949 – Claudia Jennings, appeared in ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth” and “Sisters Of Death.”

1945 – Peter Criss, drummer for the rock group “Kiss,” starred in “The Phantom of the Park” and also appeared on the “Paul Lynde Halloween Special” in 1976.

1943 – Jacqueline Pearce, starred in the Hammer films “The Reptile” and “Plague of the Zombies”.

1905 – Albert Dekker, played the title role in the film “Dr. Cyclops” and appeared in the original “Gamera” film.

Died on December 20

2009 – Brittany Murphy starred in “Deadline” and “The Prophecy II.”

2001 – Foster Brooks, appeared in episodes of “The Munsters”.

1999 – James Wainwright, appeared in the TV movie, “Killdozer”.

1973 – Bobby Darin, his music has been used in movies like “The X-Files,” “Krueger: Tales from Elm Street,” and also appeared in the “Dead Weight” episode of “The Night Gallery.” Here’s a clip of his music that was used in “Bates Motel: There’s No Place Like Home.”

Films Released on December 20

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) – Japan
Hiroku Kaibyoden (1969)
Black Christmas (1974)
Enemy Mine (1985)
Monster High (1989)
Scream (1996)
Creep (2004) – USA DVD premiere
Santa’s Slay (2005) – USA DVD premiere
Monsterland (2008)

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December 21

Born on December 21

1984 – Jackson Rathbone, starred in “Do Not Reply,” “Dread” and “City of Dead Men.”

1966 – Kiefer Sutherland, who starred in the films “The Lost Boys,” “Flatliners,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” “Dark City” and “Mirrors.”

1964 – Fabiana Udenio, appeared in “RoboCop 2,” “Freddy’s Nightmares (TV Series)” and “Bride of Re-Animator”.

1957 – Tsutomu Kitagawa who played “Kingugidora” in “Mothra 3” and “Gojira” in “Godzilla 2000,” “Godzilla vs. Megaguiru,” “Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla 2002” and “Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.”

1948 – Samuel L. Jackson, who starred in the films “Jurassic Park,” “Deep Blue Sea,” and “Snakes on A Plane.”

1944 – Ulli Lommel, writer/director of “Zombie Nation”, “Bloodsuckers”, “Boogeyman II” and more.

1943 – Jared Martin appeared in “The Sea Serpent” and the TV series “War of the Worlds.”

1943 – Jack Nance, who starred in “Eraserhead,” “Ghoulies” and “The Blob [1988].”

1937 – Jane Fonda, starred in “Spirits of the Dead”.

1928 – Ed Nelson, starred in “Night of the Blood Beast,” “The Brain Eaters” and “The Boneyard.”

1927 –Michael Carreras, Hammer producer/director films include “Curse of The Mummy’s Tomb,” “The Curse Of Frankenstein” and “Horror Of Dracula.”

1908 –Arch Hall Sr., Producer/actor whose films include “The Thrill Killers,” “The Sadist” and “Eegah.”

Died on December 21

2019 – Ramachandra Babu, cinematographer for “Pirate’s Blood.”

2005 – Myron Healey, starred in “Claws,” “The Incredible Melting Man” and “Varan, The Unbelievable”.

1983 – Rod Cameron, appeared in such films as “The Monster and the Girl,” “The Electronic Monster” and “Psychic Killer”.

1975 – Rowland V. Lee, directed “The Return of Fu Manchu,” “Son of Frankenstein” and “Tower of London”.

1974, Richard Long, starred in the films “House on Haunted Hill [1959]” “Cult of the Cobra” and “The Stranger.”

Films Released on December 21

Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)
Haunted House (2004)
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus [2010]

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December 22

Born on December 22

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

1974 – Heather Donahue appeared in “The Blair Witch Project,” the TV series “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 “Red Dragon’.

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

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

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

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

1917 – Freddie Francis, directed “The Creeping Flesh,” “The Ghoul [1975],” “Dracula Has Risen from the Grave.” “Trog,” “Evil of Frankenstein” and Craze (1974).

Died on December 22

2019 – Tony Britton, appeared in “Night Watch.”

2009 – Michael Currie, appeared in “Dead & Buried” and “Halloween III” and also 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)
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, starred in “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

2019 – David Foster, producer for “The Legacy [1978],” “The Thing [1982],” “The Fog [2005],” “The Thing [2011] and more.

2000 – Billy Barty, appeared in “The 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 Wolf Man,” “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” and “Terror in the Wax Museum”.

1979 – Ernest B. Schoedsack, director of “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, 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)” and “Spooky House.”

1957 – Scott Spiegel, producer/actor/director “Evil Dead [1981],” “Evil Dead II,” “Drag Me to Hell,” “Darkman,” “Intruder,” “From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money,” “Hostel: Part III” and more.

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

1945 – Nicholas Meyer, screenwriter for “Invasion of the Bee Girls.”

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

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

1910 – 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 – Franz Waxman, composer 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 Herrmann, 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,” also starred in “An American Haunting,” “The Ring 2” and was the set dresser on the 1974 film “Phantom of the Paradise.”

1934 – John Ashley, 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,” “Piranha,” “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, starred in the film “The Return of Dr. X.”

Died on December 25

2019 – Lee Mendelson, executive producer for “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and worked on the soundtrack for “Ash vs Evil Dead Episode: Unfinished Business (2018).”

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

Rodan [1956] – Japan
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 Thing [1982],” “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 “House on Haunted Hill [1959],” “Blacula” and the TV movie “Salem’s Lot.”

Died on December 26

2019 – Kushal Punjabi, appeared in “Sssshhh… (2003),” “Kaal” and “Let’s Play.”

2019 – Suellyn Lyon, “Alligator,” “End of the World” and “Crash!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

1977 – Howard Hawks, 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

Hanukkah [2019]

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