Sharon Tate in The Fearless Vampire Killers

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This Day in Horror History January 24th edition is a bittersweet day as we remember an actress taken far too soon.

Sharon Tate born on January 24th, 1943

A native Texan, Sharon Tate spent most of her early life traveling around Europe as her military father moved from base to base. As she grew up, it became clear that not only was she a great beauty with a mind to match, but she also had a growing desire to act.

Naturally, she made her way to Hollywood first playing bit parts in television shows like “The Beverly Hillbillies” before moving onto her first genre film Eye of the Devil. Later, she would meet her future husband, Roman Polanski, on the set of The Fearless Vampire Killers.

Sadly, only two years later, Tate and her unborn child were murdered by deranged members of Charles Manson’s “family”. We can’t be certain where her life would have gone, but this star was definitely taken from us far too soon.

Sharon Tate as Odile de Caray in Eye of the Devil

Matthew Lillard born on January 24, 1970

One of the nicest celebrities you’ll ever meet, Matthew Lillard began making waves early in his career with roles in Serial Mom and the classic Hackers, but it was his role as homicidal Stu in Scream that inked his name permanently in the horror history books. He would later turn up in Thir13en Ghosts and take on the iconic role of Shaggy in the live action Scooby-Doo movies as well as voicing the character in multiple animated films and video games.

By MingleMediaTVNetwork (Matthew Lillard) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard released January 24, 2017

For many fans of the popular video game series, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was a game changer focusing on survival and exploration to advance the story unlike the more action-oriented fifth and sixth installments. One yera later, it remains one of the highest rated installments of the franchise.