This Day in Horror History: January 31st

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This Day in Horror History January 31st celebrates one very special birthday, and two very important release dates!

Lorraine Warren born January 31, 1927

Controversial though she may be, Lorraine Warren and her husband Ed defined paranormal investigation in the 20th century. Lorraine’s abilities as a clairvoyant medium and Ed’s determination made them a force to be reckoned with while confronting spirits tormenting the living.

After decades of investigation, Lorraine saw some of their stories brought to life on the big screen by James Wan in The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2.

Ringu released January 31, 1998

It was the film that started a phenomena. Telling the story of Sadako, the young girl in a cursed video that kills it’s victims within seven days of its viewing.

The film was a huge success, and has spawned multiples sequels as well as an American version of the franchise. It remains, to this day, the gold standard for many with an interest in Asian horror films and for good reason.

It is absolutely terrifying.

Silent Hill released January 31, 1999

Some say there are two eras of horror survival games: before Silent Hill and after Silent Hill. The game, which follows Harry Mason as he attempts to save his adopted daughter from a strange town called Silent Hill, blended mood and atmosphere to create a game that was unlike anything we’d ever seen.

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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.