This Day in Horror History: January 30th

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This Day in Horror History January 30th edition honors a couple of American psychos…well, they played some American psychos anyway.

Charles S. Dutton born January 30, 1951

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Charles S. Dutton’s path to acting was as long and arduous as any I’ve ever ready. He was once a seventh grade drop out who eventually served several years in prison for a variety of crimes including manslaughter.

While in prison, he discovered acting when he read a play he found amusing. It was a turning point in his life. He began to study and really apply himself, and remarkably, he was eventually accepted into the Yale School of Acting.

Those early experiences would come in handy when he took on the role of Dillon in Alien 3. Later, he appeared in Mimic and he gave a standout performance in Gothika opposite Halle Berry, and also starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Penelope Cruz.

Charles S. Dutton in Alien 3

Christian Bale born on January 30, 1974

To the rest of the world, Christian Bale will forever be known as the Dark Knight, but to dedicated horror fans, he is Patrick Bateman, the psychotic yuppie who just needed to return a few video tapes in American Psycho.

It seems that there’s nothing this actor won’t do for a role. He lost a whopping 63 pounds to play an emaciated insomniac in The Machinist only to turn right around and pack on muscle to play Batman.

Yet, no matter what he does, and no matter how polished he may appear in various roles, I’ll never see him without the image of him running naked with a chainsaw chasing an unfortunate victim down the hallway of his posh apartment building.

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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.