This Day in Horror History February 20th is a day full of awesome events!
Richard Matheson born February 20, 1926
One of the most prolific writers of the 20th Century, Matheson is responsible for 16 episodes of The Twilight Zone including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and the source material for films like I am Legend, Stir of Echoes, and Hell House!
The horror community owes this man a great debt. Sadly, he died at 87 years of age in 2013.
Freaks released February 20, 1932
One of the most unnerving films ever made, Tod Browning’s Freaks burst onto the screen in early 1932, and audiences were simply not prepared for what he wanted to show them. Casting real circus freaks, the film is a tale of love, betrayal, and revenge.
Audiences vomited, fainted, and damn near rioted in its wake and the film was hidden away for a long time. Still, it has gained a huge cult following and there are many who hold it as one of Browning’s greatest achievements.
Anthony Head born February 20, 1954
He was our favorite watcher on television’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and showed off some serious singing chops in Repo! The Genetic Opera. What you might not know is that Anthony Head spent some time playing Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show!
Lili Taylor born February 20, 1967
Lili Taylor is the queen of independent films, and her genre works has been solid. The Conjuring, Hemlock Grove, Leatherface, and The Haunting were full of this talented actress’s work, and we certainly hope we haven’t seen the last of her.
Jason Blum born February 20, 1969
Contemporary horror wouldn’t have the face it has without the hard work of Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions. He’s been behind franchises like Paranormal Activity, Sinister, and Insidious as well as standalone films like last year’s breakout hit Get Out which is now nominated for an Oscar.