On this day in horror…
1954, James Cameron is born. One of Hollywood’s greatest, James Cameron’s achievements are considerable. He has directed such classics as Piranha II: The Spawning…OK, maybe not that one… However, the rest of his credits ARE impressive. The Terminator, Terminator II: Judgment Day, Aliens, The Abyss, True Lies and, of course, two of the highest grossing films of all time, Titanic and Avatar.
1956, Bela Lugosi dies. Hungarian-born Lugosi appeared in many horror films, most notably White Zombie, The Black Cat, The Wolfman, Murders In The Rue Morgue. He is best known for his performance as Count Dracula in Universal’s Dracula (1931). Lugosi died while working alongside famed “Worst director of all time”, Ed Wood, Jr. Martin Landau received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood. Lugosi was famously buried in his Dracula cape.
1975, Matt Farnsworth is born. Friend of AndyErupts and interviewed several times on this very site, Matt Farnsworth gained some acclaim with his debut feature Iowa. His most recent film, The Orphan Killer, has seen Farnsworth become one of the most talked about horror directors today. He is currently working on a feature length documentary entitled The Orphan Killer: Behind The Murder and is also planning a sequel entitled TOK: Bound By Blood. Happy Birthday, sir.