Today in Horror History

Today in Horror History: October 19

Birthdays:

Tor Johnson (October 19, 1903 – May 12, 1971), who starred in Ghost Catchers (1944), The Canterville Ghost (1944), Bride of the Monster (1955), The Black Sheep (1956), The Unearthly (1957), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Night of the Ghouls (1959), and The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961).

Johnson (right) with Maila “Vampira” Nurmi in Plan 9 from Outer Space

John Lithgow (October 19, 1945), who starred in Blow Out (1981), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983; segment: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Raising Cain (1992), Silent Fall (1994), “Tales from the Crypt” (episode: You, Murderer), “Dexter,” and Pet Sematary (2019).

Lithgow in “Dexter”

Movie releases:

1990: Night of the Living Dead
2007: 30 Days of Night



Have a suggestion? Drop it below in the comments! At this time we are only featuring actors, writers, directors, authors, special effects artists, and/or series creators with at least three horror/thriller/generally spooky credits to their name, or at least one major horror accomplishment. Any and all horror/thriller/spooky movies, books, comics, video games, and TV shows are accepted as long as we can verify their release date.

Note: book/movie release dates are chosen based upon their country of origin; video game release dates reflect the first release of the title.

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