Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: August 25

Birthdays:

Sean Connery (August 25, 1930), best known as one incarnation of James Bond, also starred in Hell Drivers (1957), Woman of Straw (1964), Marnie (1964), Thunderball (1965), The Molly Maguires (1970), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Meteor (1979), Outland (1981), Highlander (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), Just Cause (1995), The Rock (1996), and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).

Tom Skerritt (August 25, 1933), who starred in The Devil’s Rain (1975), Plot of Fear (1976), Alien (1979), Savage Harvest (1981), The Dead Zone (1983), Calendar Girl Murders (1984), “Deadly Nightmares” (episode: True Believer), “The Twilight Zone” (S2E26, segment: What Are Friends For?), Nightmare at Bitter Creek (1988), Poltergeist III (1988), The China Lake Murders (1990), Child in the Night (1990), Poison Ivy (1992), The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999), Mammoth (2006), “The Dead Zone” (episode: Denouement), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2008), White Out (2009), and For Sale by Owner (2009).

Dark visionary director Tim Burton (August 25, 1958), who wrote and directed Edward Scissorhands (1990), crested the characters for The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Corpse Bride (2005), and directed Frankenweenie (1984 and 2012), Beetlejuice (1988), Ed Wood (1994), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Dark Shadows (2012), and the music video for The Killer’s “Here With Me.”

Movie releases:

1979: Zombi 2 (Italy)
1989: Little Monsters
1995: Lord of Illusions

True crime stories from today:
1835: The Great Moon Hoax (2017)
1924: Scars self to dissuade attention (2017)
1955: Child beaten with hammer for singing (2017)
1998: Tortured, murdered by lover and her friends and family (2017)
1993: Convicted murderer of five, including two children, is executed (2018)

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