Elsa Lanchester (October 28, 1902 – December 26, 1986), who starred in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Ghost Goes West (1935), The Spiral Staircase (1946), Willard (1971), “Night Gallery” (segment: Green Fingers), Terror in the Wax Museum (1973), Arnold (1973), and Murder by Death (1976).

Lanchester in Bride of Frankenstein

Joe R. Lansdale (October 28, 1951), author of Bubba Ho-Tep, Christmas with the Dead, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road, and many more.

Joe R. Lansdale

Michael Dougherty (October 28, 1974), who wrote and directed Trick ‘r Treat (2007), Krampus (2015), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and wrote Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005).

Michael Dougherty

Joaquin Phoenix (October 28, 1974), who starred in To Die For (1995), U Turn (1997), 8MM (2000), Signs (2002), and The Village (2004).

Phoenix in The Village

Movie releases:

2005: Three…Extremes

Television premieres:

2005: Masters of Horror


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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