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History of Horror in May

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in May. Click on thumbnails for full images.

May 1 – 7


05/01/1981 – Friday the 13th Part 2 released theatrically

19810501_Friday_the_13th_part2 / Fair use doctrine.


19870501_Creepshow 2 / Fair use doctrine.


05/01/1987 – Creepshow 2 released theatrically


05/02/1965 – Ari Lehman (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th) born

19650502_Ari-Lehman_Photo-by-Joe-Arce-©-Joe-Arce-Starstruck-Foto


19720502_800px-Dwayne_Johnson_By Eva Rinaldi

05/02/1972 – The Rock (actor in Doom) born


05/02/1989 – Society released theatrically

19890502_SocietyPoster / Fair use doctrine.


19990502_Oliver Reed / Fair use doctrine.

05/02/1999 – Oliver Reed (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1938)


05/03/1996 – The Craft released theatrically

19960503_The_craft_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.


19770504_Emily Perkins / Fair use doctrine.

05/04/1977 – Emily Perkins (actress in the Ginger Snaps series of films) born


05/05/1940 – Lance Henriksen (actor in many horror films) born

19400505_Lance_Henriksen / Fair use doctrine.


19570505_Richard E. Grant / Fair use doctrine.

05/05/1957 – Richard E. Grant (actor in Warlock) born


05/05/1965 – Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution released theatrically

19659595_Alphaville / Fair use doctrine.


19820506_LittleShopAlbum / Fair use doctrine.

05/06/1982 – the play version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered on stage


05/06/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the United States

20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.


20050506_House_Of_Wax / Fair use doctrine.

05/06/2005 – House of Wax (2005) released theatrically


05/07/1939 – Ruggero Deodato (director of many horror films) born

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05/07/1968 – Traci Lords (actress in Blade) born

May 8 – 14


05/08/1958 – Horror of Dracula (the first Hammer Horror film) released theatrically

19580508_Dracula1958poster / Fair use doctrine.


19980508_NTSC_Resident_Evil_2_Cover / Fair use doctrine.

05/08/1998 – Resident Evil 2 released on the PlayStation in Europe


05/08/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan

20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.


19800509_Friday_the_13th_(1980)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/09/1980 – Friday the 13th released theatrically


05/09/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union

20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.


19240518_Priscilla Pointer by Peter Kramer - © 2006 Getty Images

05/10/1947 – Caroline B. Cooney (author of horror directed at teenagers) born


05/10/1994 – John Wayne Gacy (serial killer, partial inspiration for the prevalence of evil clown imagery in horror) executed

19940510_Johnwaynegacymug / Fair use doctrine.


19360511_Draculas_Daughter_original_Poster_1936 / Fair use doctrine.

05/11/1936 – Dracula’s Daughter released theatrically


05/11/1955 – Revenge of the Creature released theatrically

19550511_Revenge_of_the_creature_by_Reynold_Brown / Fair use doctrine.


19840511_Firestarterposter84 / Fair use doctrine.

05/11/1984 – Firestarter released theatrically


05/11/2001 – Ginger Snaps released theatrically

20010511_GingerSnaps-filmposter / Fair use doctrine.


19300512_Jess_Franco_2008 / Fair use doctrine.

05/12/1930 – Jesús Franco (director of sexually-charged horror films) born


05/12/1961 – Lar Park Lincoln (actress in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) born

19610512_Lar Park Lincoln by Brad Barton


19350513_Werewolfoflondon / Fair use doctrine.

05/13/1935 – Werewolf of London released theatrically


05/13/1988 – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood released theatrically

19880513_Friday_the_13th_Part_VII_-_The_New_Blood_(1988)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.


12650514_Dante Alighieri / Fair use doctrine.

05/14/1265 – Dante Alighieri (author of The Divine Comedy) born (d. 1321)


05/14/1983 – Amber Tamblyn (actress in The Ring and The Grudge 2)

19830514_Amber-Tamblyn-by-Jesse-Grant-WireImage

May 15 - 21


19610515_Katrin Cartiledge by Aim

005/15/1961 – Katrin Cartlidge (actress in From Hell) born1



05/15/2000 – Shadow of the Vampire released theatrically

20000515_ShadowoftheVampireposter / Fair use doctrine.


18360516_edgar-y-virginia-660x350 / Fair use doctrine.

05/16/1836 – Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia


05/16/1960 – Peeping Tom released theatrically

19600516_Peepingtomposter / Fair use doctrine.


20010516_Alone_in_the_Dark_A_New_Nightmare / Fair use doctrine.

05/16/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on PC


05/17/1946 – F. Paul Wilson (author of several stories in the Cthulhu Mythos) born

19460517_Wilson,_F_Paul_(2007)_crop_by Gaby T


19730517_Matthew_McGrory / Fair use doctrine.

05/17/1973 – Matthew McGrory (actor in several horror films) born (d. 2005)


05/18/1924 – Priscilla Pointer (actress in Carrie, Twilight Zone: The Movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and C.H.U.D. II – Bud the Chud) born

19240518_Priscilla Pointer by Peter Kramer - © 2006 Getty Images


19710518_Abominablephibes1 / Fair use doctrine.

05/18/1971 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes released theatrically


05/18/2006 – The Breed released theatrically

20060518_Breed_xlg_2006_film_poster / Fair use doctrine.


19890519_Fright_night_part_ii_ver1 / Fair use doctrine.

05/19/1989 – Fright Night II released theatrically


05/19/2002 – The X-Files ends its run on television

20020519_Thexfiles / Fair use doctrine.


20040519_Angel / Fair use doctrine.

05/19/2004 – Angel ends its run on television


05/20/2003 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer ends its run on television

20030520_Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_title_card / Fair use doctrine.


20050520_Dominion_A_Prequel_to_the_Exorcist_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/20/2005 – Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist released theatrically


05/21/1992 – Carnosaur released theatrically

19920521_CarnosaurPoster / Fair use doctrine.

May 22 - 28


19920522_Alien3_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/22/1992 – Alien3 released theatrically


05/23/1980 – The Shining released theatrically

19800523_The_Shining_poster / Fair use doctrine.


19860523_Poltergeist II / Fair use doctrine.

05/23/1986 – Poltergeist II released theatrically


05/23/2003 – Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in Europe

20030523_Silent Hill 3_boxart / Fair use doctrine.


19950524_Tales From the Hoodposter / Fair use doctrine.

05/24/1995 – Tales from the Hood released theatrically


05/25/1967 – Poppy Z. Brite (author of gothic and horror short stories and novels) born

19670525_Billy_Martin aka Poppy Z Brite / Fair use doctrine.


19790525_Alien_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/25/1979 – Alien released theatrically


05/25/2007 – Bug released theatrically (US)

20070525_Bugposter2007 / Fair use doctrine.


19130526_Peter_Cushing_in_1955_by Count Theodor Zichy

05/26/1913 – Peter Cushing (actor known for his portrayals of Abraham Van Helsing) born (d. 05/26/1994)


05/26/1964 – Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror author) born

19640526_Caitlín_R._Kiernan_by_Kyle_Cassidy2


19900526_Friday_The_13th_The_Series / Fair use doctrine.

05/26/1990 – Friday the 13th: The Series ends its run on television


05/26/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in Europe

20000526_Resident Evil Code Veronica_boxart / Fair use doctrine.


19110527_Vincent_Price_in_House_on_Haunted_Hill_(cropped) / Fair use doctrine.

05/27/1911 – Vincent Price (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1993)


05/27/1922 – Christopher Lee (actor known for his numerous portrayals of Dracula) born

19220527_Christopher_Lee_at_the_Berlin_International_Film_Festival_2013 / Fair use doctrine.


19340527_Harlan_Ellison_at_the_LA_Press_Club_19860712 Pip R. Lagenta from San Mateo / Copyright 2006 by Galen A. Tripp

05/27/1934 – Harlan Ellison (author of numerous novels and short stories) born


05/27/1973 – Night Gallery ends its run on television

19730527_Night_Gallery_Rod_Serling1 / Fair use doctrine.


19880527_Killer_klowns_from_outer_space_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/27/1988 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space released theatrically

May 29 - 31


05/29/1912 – John Gilling (director of many Hammer Films) born

19120529_John_Gilling / Fair use doctrine.


05/29/1953 – Danny Elfman (composer of scores for The Frighteners, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Tales from the Crypt) born

19530529_Danny_Elfman / Fair use doctrine.


19570529_James Whale with Frankenstein's monster / Fair use doctrine.

05/29/1957 – James Whale (director of many horror films) dies (b. 1889)


05/30/1943 – Dennis Etchison (author of horror fiction) born

19430530_Dennis_Etchison_at_World_Horror_Convention_2008_by Nihonjoe


19670530_Claude_Rains_in_Now_Voyager / Fair use doctrine.

05/30/1967 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1889)


05/30/2003 – Wrong Turn released theatrically

20030530_Wrong_Turn_movie / Fair use doctrine.


19750531_Sienna_Guillory_at_the_Moet_BIFA_2014 / Fair use doctrine.

05/31/1975 – Sienna Guillory (actress in Resident Evil: Apocalypse) born


05/31/1977 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) dies (b. 1914)

19770531_William_Castle / Fair use doctrine.

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