Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney in From Dusk Till Dawn via Dimension Films

This Day in Horror History January 19th is JAM-PACKED with Reasons to Celebrate!

Edgar Allan Poe born on January 19, 1809

He is one of the great masters of horror, penning classics like “The Raven”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Cask of Amontillado” which will endure long after we’re gone. What you may not know is that his story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, laid the template for the detective story that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would exploit so beautifully in his tales of Sherlock Holmes.

Tippi Hedren born on January 19, 1930

Blonde, graceful, and beautiful with a voice like velvet, Tippi Hedren was made to star in a Hitchcock film. We’ll forever be grateful to her for her stunning performance in The Birds.

Kim Henkel born on January 19, 1946

Kim Henkel should get more attention that he’s been given. He only co-wrote The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with Tobe Hooper, after all!

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Linda Hayden born on January 19, 1953

Linda Hayden made a career out of playing the sexy temptress in a string of horror films in the 1970s. If you don’t know her name, you’ll certainly remember her roles in Taste the Blood of Dracula and The Blood on Satan’s Claw!

Linda Hayden in The Blood on Satan’s Claw

William Ragsdale born on January 19, 1961

He was the nerdy heart throb that stole our hearts while hunting vampires in Fright Night. You’re so cool, Brewster!

Tremors is released January 19, 1990

Who would have thought that a movie about mysterious creatures who follow seismic waves underground to track and eat you would spawn four sequels? Well, that’s exactly what Tremors did and it’s still one of the most entertaining horror comedies I’ve ever seen.

From Dusk Till Dawn is released January 19, 1996

Cheech Marin, a brothel full of vampires, and the Gecko brothers. This one is a classic for good reason and Robert Rodriguez should be given a medal for the relentless trip that was From Dusk Till Dawn.