Horror History: Happy Birthday To The One & Only Kurt Russell!

On this day in horror history, Kurt Russell was born in 1951. Russell is one of our beloved genre’s true talents. His classic roles include Tango & Cash, Tombstone, Bone Tomahawk, and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Death Proof.

He is best known for his work with John Carpenter. These collaborations include The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from New York, and Escape from L.A.

But really, at this point, the man has done it all. Comedies (Used Cars, Overboard). Thrillers (Tequila Sunrise, Unlawful Entry, Vanilla Sky). Hell, he’s even dabbled in kid movies (Captain Ron, Sky High, Miracle, The Christmas Chronicles 1 & 2).


Not to mention action flicks like Stargate, Breakdown, Soldier, Backdraft, Executive Decision, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Dark Blue, Poseidon, Deepwater Horizon, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Plus Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious.

He started his career in Disney flicks like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Barefoot Executive, and The Strongest Man in the World. And the last time we saw him on the screen was in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The Thing takes place in remote Antarctica, where a group of scientists are disturbed at their camp by a helicopter shooting at a dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks the camp and they discover the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Russell) leads the crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off.

What’s your favorite Kurt Russell movie?

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