Born on this day in 1918: Anne Gwynne Gwynne is considered by some to be an early scream queen. Under contract with Universal Studios, she appeared in a number of genres, including westerns, film noir, comedies, and, of course, horror. Her first
Premiering in theaters on this date in 1983: Christine Based on the novel by Stephen King, Christine began production in April 1983, just a few days after Christine was published. Producer Richard Kobritz had previously produced Salem's Lot, during which he formed a good relationship with King.
Born on this day in 1950: Rick Baker One of the modern masters of special effects makeup and creature effects, Baker's first professional job was as an assistant to makeup artist Dick Smith on The Exorcist. He won seven Academy Awards for
Born on this day in 1979: Jennifer Carpenter Best known for her role in Dexter, Carpenter first came to attention with the leading role in The Exorcism of Emily Rose. The film opens with her character, Emily Rose, dead, and the film follows
Born on this day in 1900: Agnes Moorehead Moorehead developed an early interest in acting, though her father insisted she have a traditional education. She earned a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in English and public speaking. While
Born on this day in 1976: Amy Acker A favorite of Joss Whedon, Acker is best known for her role on Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff. In Angel,Acker played Winifred "Fred" Burkle, a physicist who was enslaved in a demon world for five
Born on this day in 1924: Jonathan Frid Frid played vampire Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows, the Gothic soap opera that ran from 1966 to 1971. Frid's character was credited as saving the series, which, in its first ten months on air,
Born on this day in 1956: Julee Cruise Cruise is a singer, best known for her work with director David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti. Badalamenti knew Cruise from a New York theater company, so when a "haunting ethereal-voiced" singer was
Born on this day in 1937: Ridley Scott The legendary filmmaker is best known for one of his earliest films: Alien. It was Scott's decision to make Ripley a female, thus creating one of the most badass female characters in cinematic history.
Born on this day in 1978: Lauren German Though German got her start in romantic dramas, she is best known for her roles in horror films. She auditioned for the lead in the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre but that role
Born on this day in 1984: Mary Elizabeth Winstead As a child, Winstead wanted to be a ballerina, but by the time she turned thirteen, she realized she was too tall. She turned to acting instead and has a nice selection
Born on this day in 1985: Alison Pill This Canadian actress got her start at age ten, despite her mother's attempts to talk her out of it. Her biggest genre role was in American Horror Story: Cult, the anthology show's seventh season.
Born on this day in 1973: Peter Facinelli I don't consider Twilight a horror film - other than it being horrifying to sit through - but some people do because it contains vampires and werewolves. Facinelli - who apparently almost didn't read for
On this day in 1925: Phantom of the Opera premiered. The first film version of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel tells the story of a deformed man who "haunts" an opera house in an attempt to turn the woman he secretly loves into a