The X-Files

WiHM: Dana Scully

WiHM: Dana Scully

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge this next woman’s contribution to the horror/sci-fi genre. Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Dana Scully simply has to be honored or else I have to turn in my license to practice horror.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files

If you see Ripley as the mother of the strong female character in horror/sci-fi film (as I do) then it follows that Scully is the continuation and growth of that same standard. The X-Files was already groundbreaking television but Dana Scully kicked the shit out of the way we view women in the law enforcement field.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-FilesThe pilot episode of The X-Files aired in September of 1993. I was 11 years old and still remember a young fresh-faced Dana Scully arriving at the FBI. An immediate difference that I noticed as a kid was the amount of respect she commanded from her peers and even superiors. She was a highly intelligent, well-educated doctor and undergraduate of physics – a no-nonsense scientist that wasn’t a second banana or a sidekick to a male lead. Scully always held her own and in many ways was made to look superior to Mulder (David Duchovny). She was sent to essentially babysit him and disprove his work. Although she was never fully convinced and was always the female Spock of logic, she handled the situation with grace. She respected Mulder and acknowledged his intelligence and ideas even though they were counter to her own beliefs. She didn’t scoff or belittle and even grew to have affection for him.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-FilesI believe in some ways that Chris Carter the creator of the show went out of his way to make Scully’s importance stand out. At times I almost feel it was reverse sexism and Mulder was made to seem a bit of a mimbo (male bimbo). I’m not complaining because it was successful in shattering previous notions of “the boys club” and that women could only be secretaries and were too delicate to be out in the field. Scully excelled in the field and never shied away from getting her hands dirty – not to mention she was a great shot. Both roles did an excellent job of highlighting a healthy partnership. Mulder was always able to give Scully credit and admit when she was right, and Scully would do the same even if she couldn’t always get on board with his crazy. The other thing I felt was so important to the purity of the Scully character was the fact that she and Mulder refrained from “extracurricular activities” if you know what I’m saying. In case you don’t I mean, they kept it professional instead of getting to sexy time by the end of season one as a lot of other shows did. It created a new formula that is still popular on television today, the “will they won’t they” phenomenon. It makes every touch and every subtle glance all the more exciting for the viewer.

If you loved Scully and can’t get enough Gillian Anderson then I highly recommend checking out some of her other work. Some of my favorites were Bleak House, The Fall, and American Gods. Gillian Anderson is also an accomplished writer having written a trilogy: A Vision of Fire, A Dream of Ice, and The Sound of the Seas. Most recently she co-wrote We: A Manifesto for Modern Women and co-starred in Season 11 of The X-Files.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files

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History of Horror in May

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

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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

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


05/02/1989 – Society released theatrically

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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

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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

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


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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05/11/1984 – Firestarter released theatrically


05/11/2001 – Ginger Snaps released theatrically

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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

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05/13/1935 – Werewolf of London released theatrically


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

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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)

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May 15 - 21


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



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

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


05/16/1960 – Peeping Tom released theatrically

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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

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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

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


05/18/2006 – The Breed released theatrically

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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

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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

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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

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May 22 - 28


19920522_Alien3_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/22/1992 – Alien3 released theatrically


05/23/1980 – The Shining released theatrically

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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

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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

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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.


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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HISTORY OF HORROR: SEPTEMBER

HISTORY OF HORROR: SEPTEMBER

By Woofer McWooferson

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

September 1 - 7


09/01/1939 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) released
theatrically

Poster The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Copyright RKO Radio Pictures


Poster Universal Pictures

09/02/1923 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame released
theatrically


09/02/1978 – Dawn of the Dead released
theatrically

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09/05/1942 – Werner Herzog (director of Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht) born


09/06/1879 – Max Schreck (actor who portrayed Count Orlok in Nosferatu) born

Public domain


Image Universal Pictures

09/06/1925 – The Phantom of the Opera (1925) released theatrically


09/07/1940 – Dario Argento (director, producer, and screenwriter of Suspira and other horror films) born

Photo by Ian Gavan - © 2012 Getty Images - Image courtesy gettyimages.com


Photo by Bobby Bank - © 2010 Bobby Bank - Image courtesy gettyimages.com

09/07/1954 – Doug Bradley (best known as Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series) born


09/07/2004 – Silent Hill 4: The Room released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in North America

Image Konami

September 8 - 14


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09/08/1990 – Bride of Re-Animator released theatrically


09/09/1954 – Jeffrey Combs (actor in many horror films) born

© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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09/09/1997 – Cube released theatrically


09/09/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan

Image Capcom


Copyright 2005 Sony Pictures

09/09/2005 – The Exorcism of Emily Rose released theatrically


09/10/1993 – The X-Files premieres on television

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09/10/2004 – Resident Evil: Apocalypse released theatrically


09/11/1987 – Hellraiser released theatrically

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09/11/1992 – Candyman released theatrically


09/12/1958 – The Blob (1958) released theatrically

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09/12/1992 – Anthony Perkins (actor who portrayed Norman Bates in the Psycho films) dies (b. 1932)


09/13/1913 – Paul Wegener (director of The Golem: How He Came Into the World) dies (b. 1874)

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09/13/1991 – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare released theatrically


09/13/2005 – Supernatural premieres on television

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09/14/1960 – The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) released theatrically

September 15 - 21


09/15/1974 – The Ghost Galleon released theatrically



© Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

09/16/1963 – The Outer Limits premiered on television


09/16/2002 – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance released on the Game Boy Advance in the US

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09/16/2005 – Cry_Wolf released theatrically


09/17/2004 – Silent Hill 4: The Room released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Europe

Image: Konami.


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09/17/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak released on the PlayStation 2 in Europe


09/18/1963 – The Haunting (1963) released theatrically

Movie poster. Fair use doctrine.


Movie poster. Fair use doctrine.

09/18/1998 – The Dentist 2: Brace Yourself released theatrically


09/20/1940 – The Mummy’s Hand released theatrically

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09/20/1975 – Asia Argento (actress in many horror films, daughter of Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi) born


09/21/1947 – Stephen King born

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09/21/1984 – The Company of Wolves released theatrically in the UK

September 22 - 28


09/22/1986 – Castlevania released for the Nintendo Entertainment System

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09/22/1995 – Se7en released theatrically


09/22/1999 – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis released for the PlayStation in Japan

Box art. Fair use doctrine.


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09/23/1988 – Dead Ringers released theatrically


09/24/2001 – Silent Hill 2 released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in the US

Fair use doctrine.


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09/24/2002 – Vampires: Los Muertos released on video in the US


09/24/2004 – Shaun of the Dead released theatrically in the US

Movie poster. Fair use doctrine.


Movie poster. Fair use doctrine.

09/25/1959 – The Mummy (1959) released theatrically


09/25/1994 – Alone in the Dark 2 released on PC

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09/25/1998 – Urban Legend released theatrically


09/26/1962 – Carnival of Souls released theatrically

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09/26/1970 – Sheri Moon (actress in House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Toolbox Murders) born


09/27/1985 – The New Twilight Zone premiered on television

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09/27/2001 – Silent Hill 2 released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Japan


09/28/1987 – Friday the 13th: The Series premiered on television

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09/28/2007 – Moonlight premiered on television


09/29/1955 – The Night of the Hunter released theatrically

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09/29/1995 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers released theatrically

September 30


09/30/1984 – Tales from the Darkside premiered on television

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09/30/1988 – Elvira, Mistress of the Dark released theatrically


09/30/2005 – Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in the European Union

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