This Day in Horror History: February 1st

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This Day in Horror History February 1st edition is a day of highs and lows. Read on to find out why!

Helen Chandler born on February 1, 1906

Helen Chandler had only a few credits to her name when she found herself playing Mina Harker opposite Bela Lugosi in 1931’s Dracula. Sadly, she never had more success than she had with the pivotal role, but for horror fans, that was enough to make her immortal!

Scared to Death released February 1, 1947

Speaking of Bela Lugosi, this was the only full color film in which the distinguished actor appeared. The film focuses on a woman who, from her slab in the morgue, narrates the story of her death.

Brandon Lee born February 1, 1965

We all know the sad and tragic story of Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee, who like his father died on a film set. The death made The Crow and his performance in it the stuff of legends.

In truth, it was one of the finest performances we’d ever seen from the young actor which makes his death all the more heartbreaking.

Brian Krause born February 1, 1969

For an entire generation, Brian Krause will forever be Leo Wyatt from television’s “Charmed”, but for horror fans he’ll be remembered as Charles Brady in the oft-maligned Sleepwalkers.

Suspiria releases in Italy February 1, 1977

To American fans, the classic horror film came in August of 1977, but Dario Argento’s Suspiria had been open in Europe for months a that time. It’s beautiful style and color scheme mixed with shocking death scenes cement this genre classic’s place in horror history.

Waylon Jordan is a lifelong fan of genre fiction and film especially those with a supernatural element. He firmly believes that horror reflects collective fears of society and can be used as a tool for social change.