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JUNE 30

HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Horror Writer Giovanni Arduino aka Jonathan Arden aka Jonathon Snow (IL VIAGGIO, SEAL MY LIPS, NEVER LIKE YOU) is 59 or something.
Actor Marton Csokas (JACK BROWN: GENIUS, BEASTMASTER [TV], THE MONKEY'S MASK, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS [TV], THE LORD OF THE RINGS [all], TIMELINE, EVILENKO, ASYLUM [2005], ÆON FLUX, ALICE IN WONDERLAND [2010], DREAM HOUSE, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, VOICE FROM THE STONE) is 54.

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'Stranger Things': How the VFX Team Channeled 'The Thing' for Season 3's Return of the Mind Flayer
By Bill Desowitz
The greatest VFX challenge was creating a multi-layer rig to animate the slimy Mind Flayer during three transformations.

Continued at IndieWire.

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COVID-19: The Zombie Apocalypse Practice Run
2020 U.S. Mortality figures since since the official re-openings(1) -

(1) Deaths with confirmed or presumed COVID-19, coded to ICD–10 code U07.1
CDC Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

May 2: 11,714
May 9: 10,802
May 16: 8,851
May 23: 6,804
May 30: 5,670
June 6: 4,306
June 13: 3,142
June 20: 1,640
June 27: 313

How well are you doing so far?

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Omar Doom (DEATH PROOF, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, DINO D-DAY [VG], HIGHER POWER) is 44.
Actor Will Kemp (THE CAR MAN, MINDHUNTERS, VAN HELSING, THE PRISONER [TV], NON-STOP, PETALS N THE WIND, THE SCORPION KING 4, THE MIDNIGHT MAN, THE SECRETS OF EMILY BLAIR, SLUMBER) is 42.
Actor Sarah Power (REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA, SAW V, THE GOOD WITCH'S FAMILY, THE GOOD WITCH [TV], THE HEXECUTIONERS, I LIVED, KILLJOYS [TV], AMERICAN GOTHIC [TV]) is 35.

Faith In The FleshSUNDAY -
Actor, Writer, Producer Felicia Day (DELUSIONAL, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER [TV], MYSTERY WOMAN, EUReKA [TV], DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG, RED: WEREWOLF HUNTER, ROCK JOCKS, SUPERNATURAL [TV], MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: THE RETURN, THE MAGICIANS [TV], SPOOKED [TV]) is 41.
Actor Alice Krige (GHOST STORY, HAUNTED SUMMER, SLEEPWALKERS, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, HABITAT, TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS, THE COMMISSIONER, THE LITTLE VAMPIRE, THE CALLING, SUPERSTITION, REIGN OF FIRE, THE MYSTERY OF NATALIE WOOD, SHADOW OF FEAR, STAY ALIVE, SILENT HILL [2006], THE CONTRACT, THE BETRAYED, SOLOMON KANE, THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE, MI-5 [TV], THOR: THE DARK WORLD, THE SYNDICATE [TV], THE LITTLE VAMPIRE 3D, THE OA, GRETEL AND HANSEL) is 66.
Look for Alice in the upcoming 2020 Horror Thriller, BAY OF SILENCE. And in 2021, SHE WILL.
Writer Tim Lebbon (Novels: FAITH IN THE FLESH, WHITE AND OTHER TALES OF RUIN, BERSERK, DUSK, DAWN, THE EVERLASTING, THE NATURE OF BALANCE, RELICS, THE EDGE, COLDBROOK, THE FOLDED LAND.
Movies:PAY THE GHOST, MY HAUNTED HOUSE, THE SILENCE
) is 51.

Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred HorrorsSATURDAY -
Writer, Director, Producer J.J. Abrams (JOY RIDE, ALIAS [TV], LOST [TV], FRINGE [TV], CLOVERFIELD [all], STAR TREK [2009], SUPER 8, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, ALMOST HUMAN [TV], REVOLUTION [TV], BELIEVE, DEAD PEOPLE, WESTWORLD [TV], OVERLORD, CASTLE ROCK [TV]) is 54.
Look for J.J.'s upcoming 2020 Horror TV show, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY.
Actor Courtney Ford (ALIEN RAIDERS, FLING, DEXTER [TV], THE GOOD DOCTOR, TRUE BLOOD [TV], REVENGE [TV], KEPT WOMAN, FALLOUT 4 [VG], SUPERNATURAL [TV]) is 42.
Actor Christian Kane (ANGEL [TV], KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, HIDE, THE DONNER PARTY, LEVERAGE [TV], UNIVERSAL SQUADRONS, GOOD DAY FOR IT, UNIVERSAL SQUADRONS, THE TERROR OF HALLOWS EVE, THE LIBRARIANS [TV], TINKER') is 40.
Look for Christian in the 2021 animated Dark Fantasy, ONLY A DREAM.
Actor Matthew Lewis (HARRY POTTER movies [all], THE SYNDICATE [TV], RIPPER STREET) is 31.
Writer David Whitman (SCARY REDNECKS AND OTHER INBRED HORRORS w/Weston Ochse, DEADFELLAS, HARLAN, BODY COUNTING, DELIGHTFUL AGONY) is 50.
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HBO MAX Announces Strict Censorship
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
In 2018, on my favorite month, October, Warner Bros. announced that they would be launching a "Over-the-Top" streaming service called HBO MAX.

Today HBO warns us HBO MAX will be much less Over-the-Top and much more Floating-Upside-Down. And to gently nudge things in that general direction in a pasteurized, homogenized way that is obsequious enough to not offend anyone, HBO MAX's latest acquisition, SOUTHPARK will feature only censored, sanitized, versions of SOUTHPARK episodes.

In fact, 5 SOUTHPARK episodes, considered among their most popular, are banned.

Check out the full story at THR.

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JUNE 25

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38 Years Ago Today...

By E.C. McMullen Jr.
38 years ago today, the best Science Fiction Horror movie of our time was released.

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JOHN CARPENTER: Not A Week Goes By -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Long time Feo Fans will note that I've said (and proved) that not a week goes by that John Carpenter does NOT make the news for his past work. Carpenter made plenty of movies after the 1980s, but the ten year period of 1978 (HALLOWEEN) to 1988 (THEY LIVE) is clearly his fertile ground where article writers are concerned.

And of that era, everything he made, except for his two TV movies of the time, remains in the news cycle, week after week, decades after their ignominous release, with his remake of THE THING (not an actual remake), appearing to be the most popular.

John Carpenter's The Thing

The 1980s weren't a glory time for John as the studios he made his movies for were crammed full of executives who had no idea how to sell his work.

What's more, the movie critics of that period castigated him relentlessly. One of the most popular voices, Roger Ebert, basically hated everything that Carpenter did - and Roger was the presumptive Horror fanboy of his many TV Show critical duos.

Excoriated by studios who didn't know how to sell his work, and critics who simply didn't understand his work, this was the period that, by Carpenter's own admission, broke him.

Yet despite that 10 years being a dark period for John Carpenter on a personal level, he was prolific and that era is treasured today.

In fact, John Carpenter is favorably ranked alongside studio and critical darling (Roger Ebert loved him) Director Quentin Tarantino in the following article.

The Self as Other: Unknown Identities in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) and Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (2015)
By Thomas Puhr
The Thing and The Hateful Eight's analogous narratives speak to broader philosophical notions of selfhood and knowledge of others. Their thematic undercurrents explore the forever-complicated terrain of what it means to truly know another, to truly know oneself, and whether such understandings are even possible.

Continued at Bright Lights Film Journal.

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That's not all. Because on the exact same weekend of the same year, the most original Science Fiction movie ever made up to that time, was also released. Just like John Carpenter's THE THING, Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER has never left our cultural consciousness and still remains relevant.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Short story writer Daniel Robichaud II is 44 today.
Writer / Producer / Director Timur Bekmambetov (NIGHT WATCH, DAY WATCH, WANTED, 9, APOLLO 18, THE DARKEST HOUR, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, UNFRIENDED, HARDCORE HENRY, SEARCHING, PROFILE, UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB) is 59.

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From HorrorMovieZone -
Horror Screenwriter Releases Statement Regarding The Soska Sisters

More at HorrorMovieZone.

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Robocop - 1987HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Nancy Allen (FORCED ENTRY, CARRIE [1976], DRESSED TO KILL, BLOW OUT, STRANGE INVADERS [1983], THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT [1984], ROBOCOP, POLTERGEIST III, ROBOCOP 2, ROBOCOP 3, MEMORIES OF MURDER, ACTING ON IMPULSE, AGAINST THE LAW, THE PASS, CHILDREN OF THE CORN 666: ISAAC'S RETURN, KISS TOLEDO GOODBYE, MY APOCALYPSE) is 70.
Nancy shares a birthday with her ROBOCOP alumni, Peter Weller.
Actor Iain Glenn (THE WYVERN MYSTERY, PARANOID, LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, IMPACT, DARKNESS, RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, HARRY BROWN, GAME OF THRONES [TV], KICK-ASS 2, EYE IN THE SKY, RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, CLEVERMAN [TV]) who is 59.
Look for Iain in the 2020, 2021 Mystery Thriller, HAVEN: ABOVE SKY.
Writer Scott Nicholson (THE FARM, THEY HUNGER, and more) is 58.
Actor Peter Weller (OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION, FIRSTBORN, A KILLING AFFAIR, APOLOGY, ROBOCOP, THE TUNNEL, LEVIATHAN, CAT CHASER, ROBOCOP 2, NAKED LUNCH, SUNSET GRILL, SCREAMERS, TOP OF THE WORLD, DIPLOMATIC SIEGE, SHADOW HOURS, FALLING THROUGH, CONTAMINATED MAN, DARK PRINCE: THE TRUE STORY OF DRACULA, ODYSSEY 5 [TV], THE ORDER, 24 [TV], PREY, DEXTER [TV], BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Part 1 and 2, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, YAMASONG: MARCH OF THE HOLLOWS, THE LAST SHIP [TV]) is 73.

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FLORIDA MAN!

The hilarious tales of a larger than life figure from the magical land of Florida, USA


Florida Man IndieGoGo

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It's A Cruel Spielberg Summer...
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
There's an "Exclusive Report" at Deadline!

'Jurassic Park' Roars To No. 1 Again At Weekend Box Office, 27 Years After Original Release

Yet the world's No. 1 Box Office tracker, aptly titled BoxOfficeMojo, has a different story: it doesn't mention the JURASSIC PARK re-release at all.

Okay, so screw BoxOfficeMojo, what about its parent company, IMDb? What do they have to say about the JURASSIC PARK re-release?

Jurassic ParkSquat.

Fine then forget everything, what does everyone, anyone, have to say about the Jurassic Park re-release?

DuckDuckGo search?

Google Search?

Nothing anywhere?

Screw it! I'll just go directly to the studio, Universal Pictures!

Nothing about the JURASSIC PARK 2020 re-release from Universal?

What the hell is going on? The Hollywood Reporter explains,

'Jurassic Park,' 'Jaws' Top Box Office Chart in Steven Spielberg Bite-Off

Amazon's IMDb and BoxOfficeMojo have, embarrasingly, dropped the ball and watched it roll into a ditch on this one. As of writing that very sentence, the aforementioned search engines have only now began catching up.

At least THR and Deadline are keeping news groups like The Guardian, Yahoo and, well... me on top of things!

Read the Exclusive at Deadline.

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'Cursed' Trailer: Prequel to the Farcical Aquatic Ceremony
On July 17, Cursed premieres on Netflix, and now we have the trailer to clarify a bit what it will look like. It's based on the book of the same name by Thomas Wheeler, illustrated by Frank Miller — which is not, by the way, a graphic novel. Miller provides 38 illustrations (8 color, 30 black-and-white) within Wheeler's 416-page young-adult novel.

Continued at HeavyMetal.

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COVID-19: The Zombie Apocalypse Practice Run
2020 U.S. Mortality figures since since the official re-openings(1) -

(1) Deaths with confirmed or presumed COVID-19, coded to ICD–10 code U07.1
CDC Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

May 2: 11,691
May 9: 10,774
May 16: 8,814
May 23: 6,752
May 30: 5,577
June 6: 4,138
June 13: 2,666
June 20: 906

How well are you doing so far?

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FeastHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Musician Glenn Danzig (Bands: SAMHAIN, THE MISFITS. Sole: DANZIG) is 65.
Director Russell Mulcahy (RAZORBACK, HIGHLANDER, HIGHLANDER II, BLUE ICE, THE SHADOW, TALES FROM THE CRYPT [TV], SILENT TRIGGER, RESURRECTION, THE HUNGER [TV], 1ST TO DIE, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, THE CURSE OF KING TUT'S TOMB, WHERE THE CHILDREN SLEEP, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, CRASH AND BURN, THE SCORPION KING 2, TEEN WOLF [TV]) is 67.
Writer and Director Joss Whedon (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ALIEN: RESURRECTION, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER [TV], FIREFLY [TV], ANGEL [TV], SERENITY, DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG, DOLLHOUSE [TV], THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, THE AVENGERS, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. [TV], IN YOUR EYES, THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON) is 56.
Look for Joss' 2021 Thriller, THE NEVERS [TV].
Actor Duane Whitaker (HOBGOBLINS, DEADLY DREAMS, LEATHERFACE: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III, DARK RIDER, PULP FICTION, PUPPET MASTER 5: THE FINAL CHAPTER, TALES FROM THE HOOD, NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, THE HAUNTED SEA [1997], SPOILER, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2, GROOM LAKE, THE LOW BUDGET TIME MACHINE, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, FEAST, URBAN DECAY, TRAILER PARK OF TERROR, THE BUTCHER, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II, ALBINO FARM, DOZERS, CHILDREN OF THE CORN: GENESIS, TRAFFICKED, AMERICAN NIGHTMARES, 3 FROM HELL) is 61.
Look for Duane in the upcoming 2021 Horror movie, A DARK FOE.
Also in 2021, COLONIALS.

SFX Make-Up Artist Kevin Yagher (FRIDAY THE 13th: THE FINAL CHAPTER, RADIOACTIVE DREAMS, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2, TRICK OR TREAT, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3, THE HIDDEN, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4, 976-EVIL, FREDDY'S NIGHTMARES [TV], THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [1989], MEET THE APPLEGATES, THE BORROWER, DEFENSELESS, MAN'S BEST FRIEND, CHILDREN OF THE CORN III, DR. JEKYLL AND MS. HYDE, RUMPLESTILTSKIN, HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE, THE DENTIST, THE FAN [1996], BORDELLO OF BLOOD, FACE/OFF, CONSPIRACY THEORY, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II, LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, AEON FLUX, BONES [TV]) is 58.

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JUNE 22

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RIP'n for Joel Schumacher
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Director Joel Schumacher (THE LOST BOYS, 8MM, PHONE BOOTH) died early this morning at the age of 80.

At his best, Joel loved to direct Mess-With-Your-Head movies, as witnessed in the aforementioned movies as well as FLATLINERS, FALLING DOWN, and TIGERLAND.

However, if there was ever a time that Joel went from "Mess With" to outright F*ck With Your Head, it was probably THE NUMBER 23.

It's not that THE NUMBER 23 was too convoluted to understand, but that the Writer Fernley Phillips, along with Director Joel Schumacher, created a movie that required the knowledge of a pretty thin slice of psychology, The Number 23 Enigma.

Come on! You can take a room full of smart knowledgeable people and they still aren't going to know everything about everything!

The Number 23

The insanity pushing psychological obsession is real enough, however, with people from Umberto Eco (THE NAME OF THE ROSE) to H.R. Giger (ALIEN), as well as actor Jim Carrey (THE NUMBER 23), being known to experience it.

Read my review of Joel Schumacher's THE NUMBER 23, then read my Science Moment, where I will carefully take you down the Mind Trip rabbit hole, and bring you back.

Movie Review/THE NUMBER 23.

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Night Of The Living Dead: Why George Romero Rewrote Ben's Character

By Maisy Flowers
George Romero didn't originally set out to cast a black man as Ben, but when Duane Jones was cast, the whole role was transformed.

Continued at ScreenRant.

Actually, that's pretty thin even for a slideshow article. So also check out Duane Jones at Wikipedia.

Our NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD review.

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The Matrix: Upgraded Agents, Explained

By Sean Ellard
With The Matrix 4 on the way, let's look back at the lore of Agent Smith and his colleagues in the sci-fi franchise.

Continued at CBR.

Our THE MATRIX review

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DC pulls Warren Ellis's Death Metal story following series of allegations
By Chris Arrant
Ellis' The Batman's Grave still going ahead currently

Continued at Games Radar.

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What George Lucas Failed To Learn From JAWS
"We're gonna need a bigger CGI budget."
When faced with a holographic shark from JAWS 19, in Back To The Future II, Marty McFly quips, "The shark still looks fake."

Spoiler alert: there is no Jaws 19, and this scene is mostly a joke about 1987's Jaws: The Revenge, the third sequel to the 1975 smash-hit. Marty's partially right: the shark in Jaws: The Revenge looks fake. The first shark in the original Jaws does not. That's because you barely see it.

Something can't look fake if its presence is mostly implied, right?

Continued at Inverse.

Our JAWS review

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If Chins Could KillHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Writer / Producer / Director Uwe Boll (BLACKWOODS, HOUSE OF THE DEAD, ALONE IN THE DARK [all], BLOODRAYNE [all], BLUBBERELLA, SEED [all], FINAL STORM, APOCALYPSE Z, LEGEND OF THE RED REAPER, THE PROFANE EXHIBIT, PRISONERS OF THE SUN, ZOMBIE MASSACRE 2, HOUSE OF EVIL) is 55.
Actor / Writer Bruce Campbell (Movies: THE EVIL DEAD, THE EVIL DEAD II, MANIAC COP, MOONTRAP, SUNDOWN, MANIAC COP 2, DARKMAN, MINDWARP, WAXWORK II, ARMY OF DARKNESS, CONGO, ESCAPE FROM L.A., MENNO'S MIND, SPIDER-MAN [Sam Raimi - all], BUBBA HO-TEP, ALIEN APOCALYPSE, MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN, EVIL DEAD: REGENERATION [VG], THE WOODS, MY NAME IS BRUCE, HELLBOY: THE SCIENCE OF EVIL [VG], CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE - EXO ZOMBIES [VG], DEAD BY DAYLIGHT [VG], ASH VS THE EVIL DEAD [TV]. Books: IF CHINS COULD KILL, MAKE LOVE: The Bruce Campbell Way!, HAIL TO THE CHIN) is 62 but could easily pass for 61.
Actor Whitney Moore (BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR [all], A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, THE THEATER BIZARRE, ROTGUT, ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD: THE MOVIE, BETAMAX, CONTRACTED: PHASE II, DRONE WARS, I HAD A BLOODY GOOD TIME AT HOUSE HARKER, BREAKDOWN LANE, THRASHTOPIA [TV], HOUSE OF DEMONS, SATANIC PANIC, VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE: L.A. BY NIGHT) is 31.

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Writer Christa Faust (HOOD TOWN, CONTROL FREAK, MONEY SHOT, SINS OF THE SIRENS [antho]) is 52.
Writer Steve Niles (Comics: Clive Barker's SON OF CELLULOID, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, FREAKS OF THE HEARTLAND, CITY OF OTHERS, CRIMINAL MACABRE [Cal MacDonald Stories], GIANT MONSTER, 28 DAYS LATER: THE AFTERMATH, DEAD SHE SAID, THE GHOUL. Movies: 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, STEVE NILES' REMAINS, WAKE THE DEAD) is 55.
Actor Chris Pratt (WANTED, JENNIFER'S BODY, ZERO DARK THIRTY, HER, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [all], JURASSIC WORLD [all], PASSENGERS, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, AVENGERS: END GAME) is 41.
Look for Chris in the upcoming 2021 Thriller, THE TOMORROW WAR. Also for 2021, JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION, which sees the return of the original JURASSIC PARK's Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum.

Horror Historian David J. Skal (Books: SCREAMS OF REASON, V IS FOR VAMPIRE, THE MONSTER SHOW, DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY, HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC, VAMPIRES: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE UNDEAD, ROMANCING THE VAMPIRE, DRACULA IN VISUAL MEDIA, and way more) is 74.
Writer, Producer, Director Lana Wachowski (BOUND, THE MATRIX [all], V FOR VENDETTA, CLOUD ATLAS, JUPITER ASCENDING, SENSE8 [TV]) is 55.

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Actor Nicole Kidman (DEAD CALM, MALICE, TO DIE FOR, PRACTICAL MAGIC, EYES WIDE SHUT, THE OTHERS, BIRTHDAY GIRL, PANIC ROOM, DOGVILLE, THE HUMAN STAIN, THE STEPFORD WIVES, INVASION, TRESPASS, THE PAPERBOY, STOKER, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, STRANGERLAND, THE FAMILY FANG, SECRET IN THEIR EYES, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, TOP OF THE LAKE, THE BEGUILED, DESTROYER, BIG LITTLE LIES [TV]) who is 52
Actor Candy Clark (THE BIG SLEEP, Q, BLUE THUNDER, AMITYVILLE 3D, CAT'S EYE, AT CLOSE RANGE, THE BLOB [1988], BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, CHERRY FALLS, ZODIAC, CRY OF THE MUMMY) is 73.
Writer, Director, Producer, Robert Rodriguez (EL MARIACHI, DESPERADO, FROM DUSK TIL DAWN [all], THE FACULTY, SPY KIDS, SPY KIDS 2, SPY KIDS 3-D, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, SIN CITY, GRINDHOUSE: PLANET TERROR, PREDATORS, MACHETE [all], FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES [TV], ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, RED 11, UGLY DOLLS) is 52.
Writer Weston Ochse (SCARY REDNECKS: And Other Inbred Horrors [w/David Whitman], NATURAL SELECTION, APPALACHIAN GALAPAGOS [w/David Whitman], SCARECROW GODS, TOMES OF THE DEAD: EMPIRE OF SALT, BLOOD OCEAN, SEAL TEAM 666, BURNING SKY) is 51.

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38 Years of John Carpenter's THE THING
John Carpenter's THE THINGBy E.C. McMullen Jr.
For big budget movie that crashed and burned nearly half a century ago, pummeled in the summer of Stephen Spielberg's blockbuster One Two punch of POLTERGEIST and E.T., John Carpenter's THE THING is astoundingly resilient.

History shows that this, in fact, is the way of the Carpenter (even to John's bemused amazement). John had so many theatrical flops that, over time, grew into behemoths in the public consciousness. Then his movies (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, THEY LIVE, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS) went on to overshadow and crush the legacies of those movies that stole the show in their initial release.

THE THING wasn't the only now classic movie trounced by Spielberg that summer long ago, so was Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER.

Guess which movies garner the most attention today?

Oh, and while we're on the topic, the latest news on John Carpenter's THE THING -

The Thing: What John Carpenter's Movie Changes From The Book

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Speaking of Ridley Scott. The latest news (latest from a 41 year old movie can you freaking believe it?!?) on ALIEN -

41 Years of ALIEN
AlienBy E.C. McMullen Jr.
Seriously now! We're talking about an enthusiastic fanbase of the grandchildren of the kids who first saw this movie in 1977! And even they are only interested in the first two (thanks in large part to another J.C. whose name isn't John Carpenter)! Lead actor, Sigourney Weaver is 71 now and there is still talk for another ALIEN movie with Sigourney?

Even Sigourney, long burnt on all the crap ALIEN sequels she signed up for (and not particularly happy with the crap GHOSTBUSTERS sequels so far), is having her doubts about wanting to play Ripley again.

I'm not saying that a great ALIEN sequel couldn't be made with Sigourney in the starring role. I'm only saying that the stewards of the ALIEN franchise have spent nearly a half century proving beyond all doubt that they could never pull it off.

Still, late 1970s early 1980s Horror movies remain the high bar by which all Hollywood studio Horror movies since are judged and found wanting.

For example, the latest news on ALIEN -

Bursting for a return: could Sigourney Weaver resurrect the Alien franchise?

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Speaking of ALIEN: RIP'n for Ian Holm
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Damn! Here I am writing about ALIEN when IMDb tells me that actor Ian Holm (Ash) died today in London, England at the age of 88.

Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88

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Cabin in the WoodsHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Chelah Horsdal (PAYCHECK, HUMAN CARGO [TV], 5IVE DAYS TO MIDNIGHT [TV], PURSUED, MARKER, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, Masters of Horror: DREAMS IN THE WITCH-HOUSE, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, HOLLOW MAN II, NIGHTMARE, PERFECT CHILD, ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM, POSSESSION, PASSENGERS, ALIEN TRESPASS, THE TORTURED, ALTITUDE, IRON INVADER, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, DONOVAN'S ECHO, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, KILL FOR ME, HUNTING SEASON, SOLE CUSTODY, THE GRIM SLEEPER, THE RETURNED [TV - 2015], EVEN LAMBS HAVE TEETH, CANDILAND, THE SHOW, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE [TV]) is 47.
Look for Chelah in the upcoming Thriller for 2019, 2020, SPONTANEOUS.
Actor Mia Sara (LEGENDS, SHADOWS IN THE STORM, APPRENTICE TO MURDER, DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS, CAROLINE AT MIDNIGHT, THE MADDENING, UNDERTOW, BIRDS OF PREY [TV], NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES [TV], THE WITCHES OF OZ [TV], DOROTHY AND THE WITCHES OF OZ) is 53.
Actor Zoe Saldana (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, THE SKEPTIC, STAR TREK [2009 - 2016], AVATAR, BURNING PALMS, THE WORDS, ROSEMARY'S BABY [TV], GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [all], THE BOOK OF LIFE, I KILL GIANTS, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, AVENGERS: ENDGAME) is 42.
Already in post (but it will be a lo-ong post time) Look for Zoe in the upcoming 2021 Thriller, AVATAR 2. And in 2023, AVATAR 3.

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ChilleramaHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Jacob Anderson (THE THINGS I HAVEN'T TOLD YOU, GUNRUSH, CHATROOM, 4.3.2.1., DEMONS NEVER DIE, COMEDOWN, GAME OF THRONES [TV], OVERLORD) is 30.
Actor Kim Dickens (VOICES FROM THE GRAVE [TV], "TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.", ZERO EFFECT, MERCURY RISING, THE HOLLOW MAN, THE GIFT, LOST [TV], RED, AT ANY PRICE, SECOND SIGHT, GONE GIRL, MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, LIZZIE, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD [TV], HALF-LIFE: ALYX [VG], ) is 55.
Actor Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN, ZONE OF THE DEAD, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 8 [MC], BREADCRUMBS, CHILLERAMA, RISE OF NIGHTMARES [VG], THE KISS OF A KILLER, THE ADVOCATE, NYMPH, DER BAU, FREE FALL, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, DEMENTIA [2015], THE LAST HEIST, DON'T KILL IT, HER DARK PAST, POLICE STATE, FRIDAY THE 13th: THE GAME [VG], WOLFENSTEIN II [VG], DAS JOSHUA-PROFIL, SLAY BELLES, HELLBOY [2019], SINISTER SEDUCTION, BLOW OUT THE CANDLE PART 1, I AM FEAR) is 37.
Look for Kristina in the upcoming 2020 Horror Thriller, LUCKY. And in 2021, NOT ALONE.

Producer Steve Miner (FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III, WARLOCK, HALLOWEEN H20: 20 YEARS LATER, LAKE PLACID, DAY OF THE DEAD [2008], THE GATES [TV]) is 69.

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Child's Play movie posterHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Writer Joyce Carol Oates is known for her novels, which are mostly dramas, and her short stories, which are mostly Horror! Happy 82nd!
Actor John Franklin (CHILDREN OF THE CORN [1984], CHILD'S PLAY, THE ADDAMS FAMILY [1991], ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES [1993], TOWER OF TERROR, KILLING GROUNDS, CHILDREN OF THE CORN 666: ISAAC'S RETURN, PYTHON, HELL'S KITTY) is 61.
Actor Arnold Vosloo (GOR, STEEL DAWN, BURIED ALIVE, REASON TO DIE, LIVING TO DIE, THE FINISHING TOUCH, DARKMAN II, DARKMAN III, ROUGH DRAFT, PROGENY, THE MUMMY [1999], STRANGE WORLD [TV], THE MUMMY RETURNS, ENDANGERED SPECIES, GLOBAL EFFECT, MELTDOWN [2004], 24 [TV], G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, ODD THOMAS, SHARK KILLER, CAPE TOWN [TV], THE HARROWING) is 58.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Comic Artist Martin Blanco (THE LEGEND OF JOE MOON, NIGHT JUNKIES, JOHNNIE GRUESOME) is 46.
Visit him at MartinBlanco.
Actor Jake Busey (HIDER IN THE HOUSE, WINDRUNNER, THE FRIGHTENERS, CONTACT, STARSHIP TROOPERS, ENEMY OF THE STATE, LOST JUNCTION, IDENTITY, THE HITCHER II, WAR OF THE WORLDS [2005 - Asylum], DEATH ROW, BROKEN, TIME BOMB, THE KILLING JAR, NAZIS AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH [Asylum], PARANORMAL MOVIE, REAPER, FRACTURED, MOST LIKELY TO DIE, DESERTED, ARBOR DEMON, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES [TV], XCOM 2: WAR OF THE CHOSEN [VG], DEAD AGAIN IN TOMBSTONE, DEAD ANT, FREAKISH [TV], THE PREDATOR, GHOST IN THE GRAVEYARD, STRANGER THINGS: Season 3 [TV]) is 48.
How does a Paleontologist make the birthday list on a Horror Thriller website? He routinely uses his brain. In this case, our next Birthday boy has worked as consultant on Monster movies. So a big Happy Birthday to
Paleontologist / Science Consultant Jack Horner (JURASSIC PARK [all], TERRA NOVA [TV], JURASSIC WORLD [all]) who is 74.
Actor Sterling Jerens (WORLD WAR Z, THE CONJURING [all], DARK PLACES, NO ESCAPE, BOARDING SCHOOL) is 16.
Look for Sterling in the upcoming Horror Thriller, THE CONJURING 3.
Writer Lawrence Pearce (Comics: NIGHT JUNKIES, Movies: NIGHT JUNKIES) is 37.

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Writer Jeremy Dyson (THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN [TV - 1999 - 2002], THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN'S APOCALYPSE, FUNLAND [TV - 2005], PSYCHOBITCHES [TV - 2013], GHOST STORIES, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN [TV - 2017]) is 53.
Actor Jordan Hayes (NOSTRUM, HIDDEN 3D, EXIT HUMANITY, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, HELIX [TV]) is 33.
Look for Jordan in the upcoming 2020 Horror Thriller, THE TOLL.
Editor, Producer Bob Murawski (CARNAL CRIMES, ARMY OF DARKNESS, NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, UNCLE SAM, LAST LIVES, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 2, THE GIFT, SPIDER-MAN [all], THE HURT LOCKER, DRAG ME TO HELL, THE RESIDENT, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, DRACULA: UNTOLD, POLTERGIEST [2015], KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, DE TØDES TJERN [LAKE OF DEATH]) is 56.
Actor Will Patton (SILKWOOD, NO WAY OUT, A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM, THE RAPTURE, MIDNIGHT EDITION, THE CLIENT, THE PUPPET MASTERS, TOLLBOOTH, COPYCAT, ENTRAPMENT, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, THE PUNISHER, DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, THE LIST, THE CANYON, THE FOURTH KIND, Stephen Spielberg's FALLING SKIES, ABIGAIL HARM, HALLOWEEN [2018], SWAMP THING [2019 - TV], RADIOFLASH) is 64.
Look for Will in the upcoming 2019, 2020 Mystery, SALVAGE. The 2020 Horror Thriller, SHOOKUM HILLS.

Cat People 1982SATURDAY -
In 2000, this actor did three Horror/Thriller movies, which were all released in 2001, then disappeared. Wherever he is now, a Happy Birthday goes to
Actor Forrest Cochran (THE BROTHERHOOD, FINAL STAB, THE BROTHERHOOD 2) who is 42.
Actor Melissa Lahlitah Crider aka Missy Crider (POWDER, EYES OF TERROR [TV], THE BEAST [TV], QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY [TV], ALIEN CARGO [TV], THE OTHERS [TV], MULHOLLAND DR., FRAILTY, DEMONS, BUTTERFLY DREAMING) is 45.
Actor Chris Evans (FANTASTIC FOUR [2005, TMNT [2007], SUNSHINE, FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, PUSH, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THE AVENGERS, SNOWPIERCER, CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, KNIVES OUT, DEFENDING JACOB [TV]) is 46.
Actor Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, CAT PEOPLE [1981], BLUE THUNDER, THE CALLER, MORTACCI, DISTURBED, MOON 44, CLASS OF 1999, IN THE EYE OF THE SNAKE, NIGHT TRAIN TO VENICE, CYBORG 3: THE RECYCLER, THE SURGEON, RINGER, WHERE THE TRUTH LIES, 2103: THE DEADLY WAKE, ASYLUM, THE GARDENER, ISLAND OF THE DEAD, THE BARBER, PACT WITH THE DEVIL, THE VOID, FIRESTARTER 2: REKINDLED, EVILENKO, METALOCALYPSE [TV], DOOMSDAY, HEROES [TV], Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN, SUCK, THE BOOK OF ELI, POUND OF FLESH, SUING THE DEVIL, VAMPS, MISCHIEF NIGHT, SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D, ZOMBEX, SILENT NIGHT, METALOCALYPSE: THE DOOMSTAR REQUIEM, MICHIEF NIGHT, 31, ABNORMAL ATTRACTION, and way more! Over 180 in all and still counting!) is 77.

Anyone can inflict pain and fear on another person - that's not brave because you don't feel it - but when someone can knowingly inflict serious pain to themselves, you can only watch in slack-jawed awe!
Performer Steve-O (JACKASS [TV], DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME, BLIND HORIZON) is 46.
Writer Whitley Strieber (THE WOLFEN, THE NIGHT CHURCH, THE HUNGER, COMMUNION, THE FORBIDDEN ZONE, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW) is 75.

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Paul W. S. Anderson finally gets his Director's Cut of EVENT HORIZON?

By E.C. McMullen Jr.
By this time, anyone who says how much they love the original EVENT HORIZON can expect a Horror fan to say, "Oh yeah? Well Paul Anderson doesn't."

Event orizon spikey room

That's because for over a decade now, Paul Anderson has told the story of how the ever changing roster of bosses at Paramount, during production on EVENT HORIZON, wanted to release the Family-Friendly love story of James Cameron's Titanic in 1997 and, when it was clear that wasn't going to happen, decided to make the Family-Fiendish Horror movie, EVENT HORIZON, their summer blockbuster Titanic replacement.

E-GAD!

The 'Snyder cut' of horror: Will we finally see the original version of Event Horizon?
Scream Factory is hoping to include lost footage from the Laurence Fishburne-starring movie in an upcoming Blu-ray release.
Link to EW.

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Psycho IIHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Ivana Baquero (ROMANSANTA: THE WEREWOLF HUNT, ROTTWEILER, FRAGILE, FILMS TO KEEP YOU AWAKE: THE CHRISTMAS TALE, PAN'S LABYRINTH, THE NEW DAUGHTER, ANOTHER ME, GELO, FEEDBACK, HIGH SEASE [T]) is 26.
Actor Adrienne Barbeau (THE DARKER SIDE OF TERROR [TV], THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, SWAMP THING, THE THING [1982], CREEPSHOW, CANNIBAL WOMEN IN THE AVOCADO JUNGLE OF DEATH, DUE OCCHI DIABOLICI, BURIAL OF THE RATS [TV], THE CONVENT, RING OF DARKNESS [TV], GHOST ROCK, UNHOLY, WAR WOLVES, GOD OF WAR III [VG], HALO 4 [VG], TALES OF HALLOWEEN, BEYOND THE EDGE, HOAX, GATES OF DARKNESS, DEATH HOUSE), is 75.
Adrienne shares a June 11 birthday with her THE THING alumni, Make-up artist, Brian Wade.
Look for her upcoming 2021 Horror Thriller, UNEARTH. And in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021? Thriller, BRING ME THE HEAD OF LANCE HENRIKSEN.
Actor Joshua Jackson (SCREAM 2, APT PUPIL, URBAN LEGEND, CRUEL INTENTIONS, THE SKULLS, GOSSIP, I LOVE YOUR WORK, CURSED, FRINGE [TV], SHUTTER, INESCAPABLE) is 42.
Make-up artist Brian Wade (PIRANHA 2: THE SPAWNING, GALAXY OF TERROR, THE THING [1982], PSYCHO II, STRANGE INVADERS, THE TERMINATOR, HOUSE, THE BLOB [1988], A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4, GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH, FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5, THE EXORCIST III, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, BLADE, IDLE HANDS, HOLLOW MAN, HELLBOY, THE OMEN [2006], A SOUND OF THUNDER, FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, BABYLON A.D., SOLOMON KANE, PSYCHE 9, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTER LIFE, TEEN WOLF [TV], AMERICAN GODS [TV], WESTWORLD [TV], BEAST MODE, THE WRETCHED, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, DOOM: ANNIHILATION, and way more) is 58.
Look for Brian's work in the upcoming 2020 Horror Thriller, BEAST MODE. And in 2021, ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021), Co-wrote, Directed, and with Cinematography by Zack Snyder (DAWN OF THE DEAD [2004], 300, THE WATCHMEN, SUCKERPUNCH).
Brian shares a June birthday with PSYCHE: 9 alumni, Colleen Camp and his DOOM: ANNIHILATION alumni, Phillip J. Roth.

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In The Mouth of MadnessHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Frankie Faison (CAT PEOPLE, EXTERMINATOR 2, C.H.U.D., MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, MANHUNTER, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, FREEJACK, THE LANGOLIERS, PREY, HANNIBAL, RED DRAGON, HIGHWAYMEN, MESSENGERS, FOR SALE BY OWNER, CIRQUE DU FREAK, ASSUMPTION OF RISK, THE SOUNDING, THE GRUDGE [2020], THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN) is 70.
Actor Jurgen Prochnow (ZÄRTLICHKEIT DER WÖLFE, EINER VON UNS BEIDEN, THE KEEP, DUNE, KILLING CARS, THE SEVENTH SIGN, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, DNA, DARK ASYLUM, HOUSE OF THE DEAD, THE POET, CHAIN REACTION, THE DA VINCI CODE, PRIMEVAL, OKO, SINNERS & SAINTS, 24 [TV], EYE IN THE WALL, SINNERS & SAINTS, EIN SCHMALER GRAT, TWIN PEAKS: THE MISSING PIECES, DRAMA, THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, DAMASCUS COVER) is 78.

When people think of the quality we've come to expect from Syfy Channel movies, we think of this guy.
Producer, Director, Writer Phillip J. Roth (VELOCITY TRAP, DEEP CORE, PYTHON, MINDSTORM, PYTHON 2, DARK DESCENT, BOA, DARK WATERS, BOA VS. PYTHON, MANTICORE, S.S. DOOM PATROL, LAKE PLACID 2, BATS: HUMAN HARVEST, GENESIS CODE, TERMINATION SHOCK, THE GRUDGE 3, THE MESSENGERS 2, WRONG TURN 3, GHOST TOWN, ANNIHILATION EARTH, LAKE PLACID 3, TRIASSIC ATTACK, MORLOCKS, RAGE OF THE YETI, TRUE BLOODTHIRST, BOOGEYMAN [2012], LAKE PLACID: THE FINAL CHAPTER, WRONG TURN 5, DEADLY DESCENT [2013], INVASION ROSWELL, ROBOCROC, WRONG TURN 6, CRYSTAL SKULLS, LAKE PLACID VS. ANACONDA, ROBOSHARK, DEATH RACE 4, THE CAR: ROAD TO REVENGE, DOOM: ANNIHILATION) is 61.
Actor/Producer Andrew Stevens (THE WEREWOLF OF WOODSTOCK, DAY OF THE ANIMALS, THE FURY, DEATH HUNT, THE SEDUCTION, SCARED STIFF, THE TERROR WITHIN, THE TERROR WITHIN II, NIGHT EYES, VENOMOUS, BATTLEFIELD EARTH, FEAR DOT COM, DEEP EVIL, BLESSED, GLASS TRAP, HALF PAST DEAD 2, MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM, MANDRAKE, ONE MIGHTMARE STAND) is 64.

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On May 1, Governor Greg Abbott activated his executive order Opening Texas in the time of COVID-19

Science PLAGUEIt's Now Day 40
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
No spike. No relapse. No second wave.

Open the ark!

In fact, according to the CDC, the death rate is dropping precipitously since governors stopped putting C-19 infected people into the general populations of nursing homes, like New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The nationwide, organized protests that began happening around April 10 should be factored into this, as well as the many large population states - like Texas - that ended their quarantines on May 1 and allowed businesses to re-open.

The spike of 16,000 plus deaths per week happened on April 16, and dropped at a staggering rate every week after that, while simultaneously, more and more people and protesters flaunted the quarantine, and states began re-opening.

2020 U.S. Mortality figures since since the official re-openings(1) -

May 2: 11,691
May 9: 10,774
May 16: 8,814
May 23: 6,752
May 30: 5,577
June 6: 4,138

(1) Deaths with confirmed or presumed COVID-19, coded to ICD–10 code U07.1
CDC Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Now I know that none of you wanted a COVID-19 pandemic. You wanted a Zombie Apocalypse! But consider C-19 a test run.

So! How well did you do?

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Say what you want about Stephen King, but that man knows STORY STRUCTURE!

H/T to Dread Central.

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Oh, and as long as we're talking about Netflix, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE is now on Netflix!

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Johnny Depp (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, FREDDY'S DEAD: The Final Nightmare, ED WOOD, DEAD MAN, THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE, THE NINTH GATE, SLEEPY HOLLOW, FROM HELL, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN [all], SECRET WINDOW, THE CORPSE BRIDE, Tim Buton's SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE TOURIST, DARK SHADOWS, TRANSCENDENCE, TUSK, INTO THE WOODS, YOGA HOSERS, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM [all], MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS [2017]) is 56.
Johnny shares a June birthday with his NIGHTMARE co-star, Robert Englund.
Writer / Director / Actor Caleb Emerson (RED'S BREAKFAST 2: DAWN OF THE RED, CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER IV, RAVING MANIACS, PRETTY DEAD THINGS, DIE YOU ZOMBIE BASTARDS, POULTRYGIEST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD, TORTURE ROOM, THE UNFORTUNATE, SPLATTER DISCO, THE TREK, CRUSTACEAN, THE GRUESOME DEATH OF JOHNNY PISTOL, CONTAGION, FRANKIE IN BLUNDERLAND, I SPILL YOUR GUTS, RETURN TO NUKE 'EM HIGH VOL. 1, GRINDSPLOITATION, KILLER WAVES, THE GHOST INSIDE MY CHILD [TV], IT WANTS BLOOD!) is 44.
Look for Caleb in the upcoming 2019, 2020 Horror, BLOOD CURSE: THE HAUNTING OF ALICIA STONE.

Writer David Koepp (APARTMENT ZERO, BAD INFLUENCE, DEATH BECOMES HER, JURASSIC PARK, THE SHADOW, THE TRIGGER EFFECT, THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, STIR OF ECHOES, PANIC ROOM, SPIDER-MAN, SECRET WINDOW, WAR OF THE WORLDS [2005], INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, ANGELS & DEMONS, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, THE MUMMY [2017]) is 57.
Look for David's upcoming 2020 Horror Thriller, YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT.
David shares his birthday with SECRET WINDOW alumni, Johnny Depp. Known in Hollywood as Koepp & Depp.

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On May 1, Governor Greg Abbott activated his executive order Opening Texas in the time of COVID-19

It's Now Day 39
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
No spike. No relapse. No second wave.

Meanwhile,

The Matrix Revolutions, Trinity and Neo

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THE MATRIX 4: Who Will Keanu Be?

By E.C. McMullen Jr.
In THE MATRIX, Neo was "The One". But it was made clear from the outset that he wasn't the First One or even the Only One. He's basically an intentional glitch (The One may have began as an accidental glitch, but once allowed to continue, it became intentional). Now even though the movie never revealed - despite ponderous exposition throughout all three movies - why The Matrix would want or benefit from such a glitch, that is established canon.

That means that all humans born within The Matrix have predetermined machine minds. Their identities didn't organically grow over time in their biological bodies but were put there by the machines.

The Oracle alluded to this during her and Neo's first conversation regarding destiny.

I'd like to think that MATRIX 4 will be a prequel and Keanu Reeves is going to play the original The One. The One who first realized what The Matrix was and helped others to escape it. It was never suggested that the first One escaped The Matrix himself and this will save time and money digitally making Keanu appear as young as he was over 20 years ago.

The Cool factor, for me, comes from the idea that John Wick is The First One. So all three movies are moving toward Wick realizing that his ability to transcend the physical, and the limits of his human body, leads to his inevitable discovery of The Matrix.

But that's just me.

Until then, enjoy alternative theories like these,

The Matrix 4 Theory: Who Keanu Reeves Is Really Playing (Not Neo)
By Craig Elvy
Keanu Reeves is plugging back in for The Matrix 4, but it's possible that the Neo actor is no longer playing Neo at all. Could he be a brand new hero?

Continued at Screenrant.

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RICK AND MORTY Surprise Cameos
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Nothing new about surprise cameos in the Rickverse! Men's Health exposes the Season 4 finale.

As fans might expect of RICK AND MORTY, this will punch your heart.

Know That There Are Spoilers!

'Rick and Morty' Hid a Surprise Cameo in the Season 4 Finale
By David Opie
Watch the post-credits sequence very closely.

Continued at Men's Health.

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How Much Horror Cited?
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Think about how often movies and books are cited and referenced in the popular media. Have you ever noticed that the overwhelming number belongs to Horror and Thrillers over any other genre?

Talking heads have been known to merely hum the notes to JAWS, THE EXORCIST, HALLOWEEN or others to make their statement.

Greg Gutfeld on FoxNews made his Horror movie reference just yesterday.

Greg Gutfeld slams Cuomos, de Blasio, Newsom, CNN for making 'The Purge' a reality
By Victor Garcia
"The Purge" movies have become reality -- but blame only those on the left, Greg Gutfeld said Saturday.

"Last week was a victory for mayhem, left-wing violence disguised as justice, and the media gets the assist with a disguise," Gutfeld said on the "Greg Gutfeld Show."

"I remember dystopian science-fiction movies I'd watch as a child: 'Soylent Green,' 'The Omega Man,' 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' and wondered, 'How could that happen?

Continued at FoxNews.

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Jeffrey Combs Tells TrekMovie He'd "Embrace" 'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' Role, If Offered
By Anthony Pascal
A couple of weeks ago after a very popular tweet suggested that Jeffrey Combs step into the role of Dr. Boyce for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds—the newly announced series set on Captain's Pike's Enterprise—we reported on Jeffrey Combs' initial response on Twitter. At the time, Combs said it was a nice thought but expressed skepticism it could actually happen due to "the chasm between what fans want and what the studios want make the chances of it happening slim to none."

Continued at Trekmovie.

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Lexa Doig (JUNGLEGROUND, WHILE MY PRETTY ONE SLEEPS [TV], TEEN SORCERY, CODE NAME PHOENIX, NO ALIBI, JASON X, THE 4400 [TV], STARGATE SG-1 [TV], BA'AL, FIREBALL, V [TV - 2010], CONTINUUM [TV], AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERIES, ARROW [TV]) is 47.
Actor Florence Faivre (THE COFFIN, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. [TV], THE EXPANSE [TV], AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY, THE ASSENT) is 37.
Actor Frank Grillo (DEADLY RIVALS, MINORITY REPORT, BLIND JUSTICE [TV], iMURDERS, PRIDE AND GLORY, EDGE OF DARKNESS, THE GATES [TV], MOTHER'S DAY [2010], MY SOUL TO TAKE, DISCONNECT, ZERO DARK THIRTY, COLLISION, CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER, THE PURGE: ANARCHY, DEMONIC, BIG SKY, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR, THE CRASH, STEPHANIE, WHEELMAN, BEYOND SKYLINE, INTO THE ASHES, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, POINT BLANK, BOSS LEVEL) is 55.
Look for Frank in the upcoming 2020 Thriller, JIU JITSU. And in 2021, COSMIC SIN.
Writer Daniel G Keohane (CHRISTMAS TREES AND MONKEYS: COLLECTED HORROR STORIES, SOLOMON'S GRAVE, PLAGUE OF DARKNESS, DESTROYER OF WORLDS) is 59 or something.

The House With A Clock In Its WallsSUNDAY -
She's into Mystery, Horror, Comedy, fast cars, and her movie career choices reflects this. There are some people - whom you've never met - that you just like. And I like today's birthday girl,
Actor, Producer Colleen Camp (BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, DEATH GAME, CAT IN A CAGE, APOCALYPSE NOW, DEADLY GAMES, TRIAL BY TERROR, CLUE, TRACK 29, SLIVER, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, SHE CREATURE, THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED, HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER, EARTH vs. THE SPIDER, TEENAGE CAVEMAN, TRAPPED, DEAD AND DEADER, MYSTERY WOMAN, CIRQUE DU FREAK, PSYCHE: 9, KNOCK KNOCK, ALWAYS SHINE, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, THE LEFT RIGHT GAME [TV]) who is 67.
Look for Colleen in the long in post-production, but still expected 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 (?) Horror movie, LAKE MEAD. Co-Wrote, Exec. Produced, and Produced by Eli Roth (CABIN FEVER, HOSTEL).
Actor Liam Neeson (EXCALIBER, KRULL, SUSPECT, THE DEAD POOL, HIGH SPIRITS, DARKMAN, SHINING THROUGH, BEFORE AND AFTER, THE HAUNTING, BATMAN BEGINS, TAKEN, THE OTHER MAN, AFTER.LIFE, CLASH OF THE TITANS, UNKNOWN, THE GREY, WRATH OF THE TITANS, BATTLESHIP, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, TAKEN 2, NON-STOP, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, A MONSTER CALLS, THE COMMUTER, MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL) is 68.
Look for his upcoming Thriller for 2021, THE MARKSMAN.
Actor Anna Torv (THE BOOK OF REVELATION, FRANKENSTEIN [2007], FRINGE [TV], STEPHANIE, SECRET CITY [TV], MINDHUNTER [TV]) is 41.
Actor Karl Urban (HEAVEN, THE IRREFUTABLE TRUTH ABOUT DEMONS, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, GHOST SHIP, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, DOOM, STAR TREK, AND SOON THE DARKNESS, PRIEST, DREDD, STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, LOFT, RIDDICK, STAR TREK BEYOND, THOR: RAGNAROK, THE BOYS [TV]) is 41.
Karl shares a June birthday with fellow CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK alumni Keith David.

Dead & BuriedSATURDAY -
Actor Robert Englund (SLASHED DREAMS, EATEN ALIVE, THE FIFTH FLOOR, DEAD & BURIED, GALAXY OF TERROR, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET [original series], THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, C.H.U.D. II, NIGHT TERRORS, THE MANGLER, WISHMASTER, URBAN LEGEND, STRANGELAND, PYTHON, JASON VS. FREDDY, 2001 MANIACS, HATCHET, DANCE OF THE DEAD, JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER, RED, ZOMBIE STRIPPERS!, NIGHT OF THE SINNER, FEAR CLINIC [TV], GOOD DAY FOR IT, THE MOLE MAN OF BELMONT AVENUE, STRIPPERS VS WEREWOLVES, INKUBUS, LAKE PLACID: THE FINAL CHAPTER, ZOMBIE MUTATION, KANTEMIR, THE FUNHOUSE MASSACRE, and so much more!) is 73.
Look for Robert in the upcoming 2020 Horror movie ABRUPTIO.
Actor Jason Isaacs (DANGEROUS LADY, DRAGONHEART, EVENT HORIZON, RESIDENT EVIL, HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE, GRINDHOUSE, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, SKELETONS, BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part 1 & 2, ABDUCTION, THE GREAT GHOST RESCUE, AWAKE [TV], SWEETWATER, CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2 [VG], ROSEMARY'S BABY [TV], DIG [TV], A CURE FOR WELLNESS, MONSTER FAMILY, LONDON FIELDS, LOOK AWAY, THE OA [TV], DARK CRYSTAL [TV], SCOOB!) is 57.
Jason shares a June birthday with fellow "Dangerous Lady" alumni, Susan Lynch.
Look for Jason in the upcoming 2021 Thriller, MASS.
Hollywood everything Chris Stavrakis (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD [1990], DIABOLIQUE, CHILDREN OF THE LIVING DEAD, DOGMA, REIGN OF THE DEAD, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, ALTERED, THE HAUNTING HOUR, MORTAL REMAINS) who is 49.
Look for Chris' upcoming 2021 Horror Thriller, MORTAL REMAINS 2: CULT MOVIE.

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JUNE 5

On May 1, Governor Greg Abbott activated his executive order Opening Texas in the time of COVID-19

Science PLAGUEIt's Now Day 36
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Real World Writing Prompt.

No spike. No relapse. No second wave.

The old cheap scifi movie trope of the "Evil Corporation" or "Evil Government" behind monstrous shenanigans (as opposed to merely a badly managed one) is ever present in Direct to Video movies.

Yet it's an inevitability that such things, sooner or later, will exist.

A mysterious company's coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling
Link to Science

UPDATE: Lancet Retracts Coronavirus Study Following Questionable Data that Halted Studies
Link to BioSpace

High-profile coronavirus retractions raise concerns about data oversight
Link to Nature

And -

Alien RaidersHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Composer Tyler Bates (BLUE FLAME, DEEP DOWN, NOT LIKE US, ALIEN AVENGERS, SHRIEK IF YOU KNOW WHAT I DID LAST FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH, STRANGE FREQUENCY, CITY OF GHOSTS, DAWN OF THE DEAD [2004], THE DEAD WILL TELL, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, SLITHER, SEE NO EVIL, 300, GRINDHOUSE, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN, DOOMSDAY, DAY OF THE DEAD [2008], THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, WATCHMEN, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II, THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO, TRANSFORMERS: WAR FOR CYBERTRON, SUPER, SUCKER PUNCH, SYM-BIONIC TITAN [TV], CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE DARKEST HOUR, GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION [VG], THE SACRAMENT, KILLZONE: SHADOWFALL [VG], NOT SAFE FOR WORK, FLIGHT 7500, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [all], JOHN WICK [all], THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, SALEM [TV], ATOMIC BLONDE, 24 HOURS TO LIVE, DEADPOOL 2, THE PUNISHER [TV], FAR CRY NEW DAWN [VG]) is 56.
Actor Amanda Crew (FINAL DESTINATION 3, MELTDOWN: DAYS OF DESTRUCTION, WHISTLER, MONSTER ARK, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, FEROCIOUS, A CROOKED SOMEBODY, TONE-DEAF, ISABELLE, FREAKS) is 34.

Writer Judi Rohrig (Feoamante.com alumni, former Editor of Hellnotes, Horror gadfly, various short stories) who is mumble something years old today.
Musician Niko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN: VIRTUAL IX, IRON MAIDEN [drummer], GIRLS GONE DEAD) is 68.
SFX Artist Jordu Schell (PREDATOR 2, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, GUYVER, PUPPET MASTER II, NEMESIS, SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK...AGAIN, HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE, ALIEN: RESURRECTION, STARSHIP TROOPERS, X-FILES: THE MOVIE, GALAXY QUEST, HOLLOW MAN, EVOLUTION, PLANET OF THE APES [2001], HULK, DAWN OF THE DEAD [2004], HELLBOY, SCARY MOVIE 3, BLADE: TRINITY, REEKER, FEAST, 300, THE MIST, ALIENS VS PREDATOR: REQUIEM, CLOVERFIELD, CREATURE OF DARKNESS, AVATAR, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, COWBOYS & ALIENS, THE THING [2011], THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, MEN IN BLACK 3, THE WATCH, R.I.P.D., MONSTERS AT LARGE), is 53.
Look for Jordu's upcoming 2020 Horror movie, THE HORRIFIC EVIL MONSTERS.
Actor Mark Wahlberg (FEAR, THE BIG HIT, THE CORRUPTOR, PLANET OF THE APES [2001], THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, THE HAPPENING, MAX PAYNE, THE LOVELY BONES, CONTRABAND, PRISONERS, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST NIGHT, SCOOB!) is 49.
Lok for Mark's upcoming 2021 Thriller, INFINITE.

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JUNE 4

On May 1, Governor Greg Abbott activated his executive order Opening Texas in the time of COVID-19

It's Now Day 35
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Real World Writing Prompt.

No spike. No relapse. No second wave.

The old cheap scifi movie trope of the "Evil Corporation" or "Evil Government" behind monstrous shenanigans (as opposed to merely a badly managed one) is ever present in Direct to Video movies.

Yet it's an inevitability that such things, sooner or later, will exist.

Prominent study showing harm from hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients is retracted
Link to Live Science

And -

HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Keith David (THE THING [1982], THEY LIVE, LADY KILLERS [TV], FINAL ANALYSIS, NAILS [TV], THE PUPPET MASTERS, GARGOYLES [voice], THE GRAVE, SPAWN [TV], PRINCESS MONOKE [voice], PITCH BLACK, FINAL FANTASY [voice], 29 PALMS, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, DIRTY, SPAWN: The Animation, CHAIN LETTER, NOW HERE, SAMUEL BLEAK, THE INHERITANCE, SMILEY, CLOUD ATLAS, UNION FURNACE, SONS OF LIBERTY, SAMUEL BLEAK, IF I TELL YOU I HAVE TO KILL YOU, RANGE 15, RICK AND MORTY [TV], TALES FROM THE HOOD 2, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER, LIVERSPOTS AND ASTRONOTS [TV], KIDS VS MONSTERS) is 64.
Look for Keith's upcoming Horror for 2020, THE SEVENTH DAY. Also for 2020, the Thriller, HORIZON LINE.
Actor Angelina Jolie (CYBORG 2, HACKERS, THE BONE COLLECTOR, Laura Croft: TOMB RAIDER, ORIGINAL SIN, LAURA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: The Cradle of Life, TAKING LIVES, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, THE GOOD SHEPHERD, CHANGELING, WANTED, SALT, THE TOURIST, MALEFICENT [all]) is 45.
Look for Angelina's upcoming 2020 Thriller, THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD. And in 2021, the Thriller, THE ETERINALS.
Dog SoldiersActor Sean Pertwee (EVENT HORIZON, TALE OF THE MUMMY, FIVE SECONDS TO SPARE, SEVEN SECONDS TO LIVE, DOG SOLDIERS, EQUILIBRIUM, THE PROPHECY: Uprising, RENAISSANCE, WILDERNESS, DOOMSDAY, MUTANT CHRONICLES, 4.3.2.1., DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND, FOUR, ULTRAMARINES, LIEN UPRISING, HOWL, GOTHAM [TV], THE PALE HORSE [TV]) is 56.
Look for Sean in the expected 2020 Horror movie, THE RECKONING, directed by his DOG SOLDIERS director, Neil Marshall.
Actor Bruce Dern (MARNIE, "HUSH ... HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE", THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT, FAMILY PLOT, BLACK SUNDAY, "AFTER DARK, MY SWEET", THE HAUNTING [1999], THE GLASS HOUSE, SWAMP DEVIL, THE HOLE, CHOOSE, TWIXT, TOOLBOX MURDERS 2, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, FREAKS, SWING LOW, MR. MERCEDES, ) is 84 and the only living actor who can claim roles in 2 Alfred Hitchcock movies.
Look for Bruce in the upcoming 2021 Thriller MEGARACE: DEATHMATCH [VG].

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JUNE 3

On May 1, Governor Greg Abbott activated his executive order Opening Texas in the time of COVID-19

Science PLAGUEIt's Now Day 34
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Real World Writing Prompt.

No spike. No relapse. No second wave.

The old cheap scifi movie trope of the "Evil Corporation" or "Evil Government" behind monstrous shenanigans (as opposed to merely a badly managed one) is ever present in Direct to Video movies. Yet it's an inevitability that such things, sooner or later, will exist.

We may be seeing it now.

After months of defending Surgisphere's refusal to release their research data for scientific scrutiny, the World Health Organization finally relents and begins new, open research.

If the Surgisphere research, as many scientists suspect, turns out to be false, how many tens of thousands of people died needlessly? And for what?

Surgisphere: governments and WHO changed Covid-19 policy based on suspect data from tiny US company
Link to The Guardian

Surgisphere Data Used in Two COVID Studies Called Into Question
Link to MedPage Today

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HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Writer/bookstore owner/Actor Del Howison (Books: DARK DELICACIES, DARK DELICACIES II, DARK DELICACIES III. Movies: THE VAMPIRE HUNTERS CLUB, HORRORVISION, SCARLETT COUNTESS, B-MOVIE MONSTER, BOOGIE WITH THE UNDEAD, COUNTESS DRACULA'S ORGY OF BLOOD, THE VOID [2016]) is 67.
Writer, Producer, and feoamante.com alumni, Kelly Parks (UNIVERSAL DEAD) is 58.
Actor James Purfoy (THE CLONING OF JOANNA MAY, FEAST OF JULY, BRIGHT HAIR, LIGHTHOUSE, RESIDENT EVIL, BLESSED, BLACKBEARD: TERROR AT SEA, FRANKENSTEIN [2007], SOLOMON KANE, JOHN CARTER, THE FOLLOWING [TV], HIGH-RISE, ALTERED CARBON [TV], HAP AND LEONARD [TV], LIMBO, EL CANDIDATO) is 50.
James shares a June birthday with fellow THE CLONING OF JOANA MAY alumni, Brian Cox.
Horror Artist Mike Soznowski (SATAN'S 3-RING CIRCUS OF HELL) is 57.
Visit Mike at SozStudios.com.

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JUNE 2

On May 1, Governor Greg Abbott activated his executive order Opening Texas in the time of COVID-19

Science PLAGUEIt's Now Day 33
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Real World Writing Prompt.

No spike. No relapse. No second wave.

The old cheap scifi movie trope of the "Evil Corporation" behind monstrous shenanigans (as opposed to merely a badly managed one) is ever present in Direct to Video movies. Yet it's an inevitability that such things, sooner or later, will exist.

We may be seeing it now.

After months of defending Surgisphere's refusal to release their research data for scientific scrutiny, the World Health Organization finally relents and begins new, open research.

If the Surgisphere research, as many scientists suspect, turns out to be false, how many tens of thousands of people died needlessly? And for what?

Concerns Build Over Surgisphere's COVID-19 Dataset
Link to The Scientist

And -

HAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Actor Morena Baccarin (FIREFLY [TV], SERENITY, SANDS OF OBLIVION, STOLEN LIVES, V [2009 - TV], HOMELAND [TV], SON OF BATMAN, BATMAN: BAD BLOOD, DEADPOOL [TV], GOTHAM [TV], DEADPOOL [all], TO YOUR LAST DEATH) is 41.
Look for Morena's upcoming 2020 Thriller, GREENLAND. Also in 2020, LAST LOOKS. And in 2021, the Science Fiction Thriller, HOME INVASION.
Morena shares a June 2 birthday with her FIREFLY and SERENITY alumni, Jewel Staite.
Writer Bill Breedlove (Various short stories) is 59 or something.
Producer Kevin Feige (X-MEN [all], SPIDER-MAN [all], DAREDEVIL, IRON MAN [all], THE INCREDIBLE HULK, THOR [all], CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER [all], THE AVENGERS [all], THOR: THE DARK WORLD, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [all], AGENT CARTER [TV], DOCTOR STRANGE, BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN MARVEL), is 47.
For 2020, look for Kevin's Thriller, BLACK WIDOW.
Writer, Publisher, Warren Lapine (ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE magazine, Wilder Publications, THE KISS INTERVIEWS, JUST LIKE THE JETSONS AND OTHER STORIES) is 56.
Writer Matthew Pierce (REFLECTED EVIL, THE DARK CURSE OF WHISPERS) is 59 or something I think.
Actor Zachary Quinto (24, HEROES, STAR TREK [2009], MARGIN CALL, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, STAR TREK BEYOND, PASSAGE TO MARS, HOTEL ARTEMIS, NOS4A2 [TV]) is 43.
Actor Jewel Staite (FIREFLY [TV], SERENITY, THE TRIBE, STARGATE: ATLANTIS, MOTHMAN [2010], THE DOOMSDAY PROPHECY, ANIMISM [TV], THE KILLING [TV], SHE WHO MUST BURN, THE WRONG BED: NAKED PURSUIT, THE MAGICIANS [TV]) is 38.
Jewe shares a June 3 birthday with FIREFLY alumni, Morena Baccarin and they both share a June Birthday month with fellow FIREFLY alumni, Mark Sheppard.
Writer Bev Vincent (THE ROAD TO THE DARK TOWER: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY: 8 Secondary Characters from The Dark Tower Series, THE STEPHEN KING SOURCEBOOK, STEPHEN KING: ILLUSTRATED COMPANION) is 60.

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JUNE 1

On May 1, Governor Greg Abbott activated his executive order Opening Texas in the time of COVID-19

Science PLAGUEIt's Now Day 32
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
Real World Writing Prompt.

No spike. No relapse. No second wave. But there is a scandal brewing at the single research facility that threw the world into a panic with the blessings and defense of the World Health Organization, and that U.S. Illinois company, Surgisphere, is getting heavy blowback from scientists across the world. This is why -

Disputed Hydroxychloroquine Study Brings Scrutiny to Surgisphere
Link to TheScientist Magazine

Studies That Most Likely Led WHO to Halt Hydroxychloroquine COVID-19 Trials are Under Fire Amid Questionable Data from Surgisphere
Link to The Science Times

Covid-19 study on hydroxychloroquine use questioned by 120 researchers and medical professionals
Link to The Guardian

And -

ManhunterHAPPY HORROR THRILLER BIRTHDAYS TO -
By E.C. McMullen Jr.
This writer's work was so profound, that many a modern day Televangelist is so befuddled, as to quote from this writer's works; believing it to be in their Bible! In fact, Dante's interpretation of what the afterlife must look and feel like, not only contradicts the Christian bible, but is widely held (by western Christians who apparently don't even read their bible) as THE actual view of what happens to a person after death. In essence, more western Christians believe in Dante's version of the afterlife than they believe in their Bible's vision (and they probably never read Dante either!)! So Happy Birthday to -
Writer Dante Alighieri (THE DIVINE COMEDIES, INFERNO. Game: THE LOST [VG]. Movies: DANTE'S INFERNO [2007]) whose remains - what remain of them - are 754 today.
We say Goodbye and a last, fond Happy Birthday to
Actor Rene Auberjonois (ONCE UPON A DEAD MAN [TV], KING KONG [1976], THE DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME [TV], EYES OF LAURA MARS, ONCE UPON A MIDNIGHT SCARY [TV], MY BEST FRIEND IS A VAMPIRE, SCOOBY-DOO AND THE GHOUL SCHOOL [Voice], PIRATES OF DARK WATER [Voice], GABRIEL KNIGHT: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned [VG], LEGACY OF KAIN: Soul Reaver II [Vg], BLOOD OMEN II: Legacy of Kain [VG], WAREHOUSE 13, THE CIRCUIT) who died in December of 2019 at the age of 79.
Rene's last movie is, CORTEX, still in post production as of this writing.
Actor Brian Cox (WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN, MANHUNTER, MURDER BY MOONLIGHT, SECRET WEAPON, HIDDEN AGENDA, DECEPTIONS, THE CLONING OF JOANNA MAY, CHAIN REACTION, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, KISS THE GIRLS, THE MINUS MAN, COMPLICITY, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE RING, THE RECKONING, X2, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, RED EYE, TRICK R' TREAT, RED [2008], AS GOOD AS DEAD, RED [2010], THE VETERAN, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, EXIT HUMANITY, BLOOD, HER, ANNA, THE ANOMALY, THE GAME [TV], MORGAN, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, GOOD OMENS [TV], STRANGE BUT TRUE, LAST MOMENT OF CLARITY) is 74.
Look for Brian's 2020 Mystery Thriller, BAY OF SILENCE, and the Horror SEPARATION.
Actor Producer Morgan Freeman (ELECTRIC COMPANY [TV show, among his many characters were Count Dracula and The Mad Scientist], THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, OUTBREAK, SE7EN, KISS THE GIRLS, ALONG CAME A SPIDER, THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, DREAMCATCHER, UNLEASHED, BATMAN BEGINS, WAR OF THE WORLDS, GONE BABY GONE, WANTED, THE DARK KNIGHT, RED, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, OBLIVION, NOW YOU SEE ME, LONDON HAS FALLEN, TRANSCENDENCE, LUCY, THE POISON ROSE) is 84.
Look for Morgan's upcoming 2019 Thriller, ANGEL HAS FALLEN.
Writer Fran Friel (MAMA'S BOY, THE SEA ORPHAN, BEACH OF DREAMS), is another year older today!
Actor Terri Polo (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA [TV], THE ARRIVAL, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN 1997 [TV], VAN HELSING CHRONICLES [TV], BRIMSTONE [TV], THE UNSAID, DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE, 2:13, THE BEACON, THE HOLE [2009], BEYOND, FINAL RECOURSE, DEADLY DELUSION, DEADLY SWITCH) is 52.
Actor Jonathan Pryce (MURDER IS EASY, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, BRAZIL, THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS, HAUNTED HONEYMOON, MAN ON FIRE, DEADLY ADVICE, DARK BLOOD, STIGMATA, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Trilogy, THE BROTHERS GRIMM, G.I. JOE: RISE OF COBRA, ECHELON CONSPIRACY, CITY STATE, DARK BLOOD, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, NARCOPOLIS, THE WHITE KING, GAME OF THRONES [TV], TABOO [TV], THE GHOST AND THE WHALE, TALES FROM THE LOOP [TV]) is 73.
Actor Parrish Randall (THE QUICK AND THE UNDEAD, THE FLESH KEEPER, SLAUGHTER HOUSE, PROTEGE, DARK SPACES, DEAD OF KNIGHT, POSSUM WALK, KODIE, CHILLERAMA, JACOB, IMAGO, GUT INSTINCTS, HOUSE CALL, IMAGO [2013], CIRCUS OF THE DEAD, HAIR METAL SHOTGUN ZOMBIE MASSACRE, ESTELLA'S REVENGE) is 60.

35 DAYS OF KEVIN EASTMANSATURDAY -
Actor Keir Dullea (BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, DE SADE, BLACK CHRISTMAS, IL DIAVOLO NEL CERVELLO, WELCOME TO BLOOD CITY, THE HAUNTING OF JULIA, BRAINWAVES, BLIND DATE, THE NEXT ONE, 2010, ALIEN HUNTER, SPACE STATION 76, FAHRENHEIT 451 [2018]) is 83.
Writer / Producer / Actor Kevin Eastman (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES [all], HEAVY METAL magazine, GUNS OF EL CHUPACABRA, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, HEAVY METAL 2000, CITIZEN TOXIE, TALES FROM THE CRAPPER, HIGHLANDER: THE SEARCH FOR VENGEANCE, WAR OF THE WORLDS: GOLIATH, REDCON-1) is 56.
Since 1995, this porn cougar has turned her sights toward Horror / Thriller movies. That's not to say that porn isn't still involved, but it's nice to see a Cream Queen turn Scream Queen all the same.
Actor Tammy Parks (ATTACK OF THE 60 FOOT CENTERFOLD, DAY OF THE WARRIOR, TITANIC 2000, EROTIC GHOST, BLOOD FOR THE MUSE, LITTLE SHOP OF EROTICA) is 53.
Actor Mark Sheppard (FIREFLY [TV], DEEP SHOCK, EVIL EYES, 24 [TV], BROKEN [2006], MEDIUM [TV], BATTLESTAR GALACTICA [TV], BIONIC WOMAN [TV], DOLLHOUSE [TV], MYSTERIOUS ISLAND [2010], WAR OF THE WORLDS: GOLIATH, X-TINCTION: PREDATOR X, WAREHOUSE 13 [TV], SUPERNATURAL [TV], DOOM PATROL [TV]) is 55.

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