Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: August 27

Birthdays:

Charles Fleischer (August 27, 1950), the voice of Roger Rabbit, who also starred in The Hand (1981), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Deadly Friend (1986), Bad Dreams (1988), Dick Tracy (1990), “Tales from the Crypt” (episode: Werewolf Concerto), Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (1995), “Bone Chillers,” Boltneck (2000), The Backlot Murders (2002), Zodiac (2007), and Chain Letter (2009).

Fleischer in Dick Tracy

Pee-wee Herman himself Paul Reubens (August 27, 1952), who starred in Pandemonium (1982), Batman Returns (1992), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Mystery Men (1999), The Tripper (2006), and “Gotham.”

Reubens as The Penguin’s Father in Batman Returns (left) and reprising the role in “Gotham” (right).

Kayla Ewell (August 27, 1985), who starred in The Demented (2013), Deadly Daycare (2014), and “The Vampire Diaries.”

Ewell in “Vampire Diaries”

Movie releases:

1993: Needful Things
2010: The Last Exorcism

Horrific history from today:
1905: Crime scene photo, Paris 1905 (2017)
1934: Unidentified woman’s body found burned (2017)
1938: Convicts scalded to death (2017)
1938: Ex-con crucified (2017)
1938: Man kills girlfriend for rejecting marriage proposal (2017)
1887: The Illustrated Police News: an execution; man watches as sharks eat the bodies of his wife and children; man kills children, self after losing job; a bee attack leads to death of woman (2018)
1934: Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches (2018)
2003: Woman kills son, sets body on fire to cover tracks (2018)

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