The iconic film that made millions afraid to go in the water, Jaws, was released on this day in 1975.
One of my favorite films of all-time, Jason & the Argonauts, was released on this day–in 1963. Featuring the superb stop-motion work of my cinematic hero, Ray Harryhausen, it is a feast for the eyes.
3 of my favorites were born today:
Harlan Ellison (1934)
Christopher Lee (1922)
Vincent Price (1911)
The classic, King Kong, made its New York premiere on this day–in 1933. (It was released nationwide on April 7th).
It’s also Willis O’Brien’s birthday (who created the marvelous stop-motion effects for the film). He was born in 1886.
Several actors–who had prominent roles in Horror films–were born on this day.
Oliver Reed (1937) – Curse of the Werewolf, Burnt Offerings, The Brood
David Naughton (1951) – An American Werewolf in London
Mena Suvari (1979) – The Rage: Carrie 2, Day of the Dead, Don’t Blink
Horror Maestro, John Carpenter, was born on this day–in 1948.
Historical Happening: Gojira
The King of the Monsters, Godzilla, first appeared on movie screens on this day–in 1954 (in Japan).
It was released 2 years later in the United States (where it was “Americanized–even adding Raymond Burr to better appeal to U.S. movie-goers).