This Day in Horror History February 4th edition celebrates the birth of a legend, some of our favorite stars, and two great movies!

George A. Romero born February 4, 1940

He’s the father of the modern zombie film, creating a phenomenon when he released Night of the Living Dead in 1968, but that was only the beginning for George A. Romero. He would go on to create his own brand of horror providing social commentary while chilling audiences with puzzling vampires, creeping zombies, and so much more!

It was a sad day, when we lost this gentle giant last July at the age of 77. His influence on the genre will live forever, however, and for that, we are indeed grateful.

66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra) By nicolas genin [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

John Schuck born February 4, 1940

Many will remember John Schuck for the character actor’s comedic roles, but let’s not forget that he used those comedic chops in films and television shows that walked the line between comedy and horror.

He played two different versions of Frankenstein’s monster, for instance,  in The Halloween that Almost Wasn’t (1979) and when he took on the role of Herman Munster in “The Munsters Today” (1988-91)

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Alice Cooper born February 4, 1948

Alice Cooper has always had a flair for the dramatic. The shock-rocker has made it a point to include horror elements in almost every major tour he’s made.

Perhaps it was only natural that he would find himself appearing in horror movies. In fact, it seemed predestined.

He’s appeared in Prince of DarknessFreddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (in which he played Freddy Kreuger’s abusive father), and even made an appearance as himself in the the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp re-imagining of Dark Shadows!

Alice Cooper as Freddy’s father in Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare via New Line Cinema

Michael Beck born February 4, 1949

Tall and handsome with a winning smile and just the right amount of dangerous charm made Michael Beck a perfect choice for the pivotal role of Swan in 1979’s The Warriors.

Michael Beck in The Warriors

Jenette Goldstein born February 4, 1960

Jenette Goldstein made her screen debut as Private Vasquez in 1986’s Aliens. She would go on to appear in Near Dark opposite Lance Henriksen and Terminator 2!

Jenette Goldstein in Aliens

Videodrome releases February 4, 1983

Oh David Cronenberg…what would we do without your weird? I’m not even going to try to describe Videodrome.

I’m just going to set the trailer down here and let you watch it for yourself.

Scream 3 releases February 4, 2000

The final chapter (or so we thought) of the Scream franchise took us to Hollywood to school us on the rules of a successful trilogy as Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette were joined by Patrick Dempsey and Parker Posey to dig into Maureen Prescott’s past.