Night of the Living Dead

This Day in Horror History February 2nd celebrates the births and mourns the deaths of some of our favorite genre actors!

Duane Jones born February 2, 1937

Can you imagine making your screen debut as the star of Night of the Living Dead? That’s exactly what Duane Jones did, and he made history, horror and otherwise, in the process.

He went on star in Vampires (1986), To Die For (1988), and Fright House (1989).

John A. Russo born February 2, 1939

Speaking of Night of the Living Dead, John A. Russo wrote the script for the Romero classic along with a host of other horror films including Voodoo DawnThe Return of the Living Dead, and the cult classic Midnight.

Boris Karloff dies February 2, 1969

He was a legend, appearing in the several of the classic Universal monster movies including his starring turn as the Monster in Frankenstein and later as Imhotep in The Mummy. His career was dominated by the genre that made him a star, but that never seemed to bother him.

When he passed at age 81, he had more than 200 credits to his name in a career that lasted over 50 years on the big screen!

Oz Perkins born February 2, 1974

Osgood “Oz” Perkins has slowly been making a name for himself in the atmospheric horror scene with films like I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House and The Blackcoat’s Daughter, but that isn’t his only claim to fame in the genre.

No, it just so happens that his father was none other than Anthony Perkins aka Norman Bates in Psycho. Even without his famous father, the Perkins has proven he has an eye for detail and interesting style.

Here’s hoping we see more of that from him in the future!

Gemma Aterton born February 2, 1986

Gemma Aterton is no stranger to genre film. In fact, the British actress has shown that she’s quite at home whether she’s fighting witches in the over the top Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters or exploring the dark recesses of Neil Jordan’s decadent Byzantium.

Donald Pleasence died February 2, 1995

He was Ahab chasing his whale from 1978’s Halloween all the way to Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, and the movies were better with him in them. It was a sad day when for all of horror fandom when he passed and his presence was seriously missed when Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the franchise in Halloween H20.