Heavy Metal God to many, Ozzy Osbourne received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2002. Ozzy has had a long and enduring career, with his early success as the front man of the very popular, Black Sabbath, loved by many for such hits as Crazy Train and Iron Man just to name a few. He went on to continued success as a solo artist making the billboard charts with titles like Close my Eyes Forever, and Mama I'm Coming Home, making him an icon of the metal genre. He further secured his place in history with the inception of the music festival Ozzfest, which has been a fan favorite event since its start up in 1996. 2002 saw Ozzy reach a whole new generation of fans with his own hit reality show The Osbourne's on MTV, which gave us a backstage pass to the life and antics of the Osbourne family. Happy Anniversary Ozzy, keep on thrashing my good man!
Troma fans give praise today! It was 1986 that we saw the US release of Cult phenom The Toxic Avenger by the wonderfully twisted minds of Llyod Kaufman and Michael Herz. The film wasnt a huge winner at the box office although it did make back the cost of the film plus some. It has however gone on to international Cult staus, spawning 3 sequels, an animated spin off and even a musical, with rumors of an upcoming remake as well!
Toxie has become the international mascot of the Troma - verse, and can often be seen accompanying Mr Kaufman as he does screenings and conventions across the world. If you don't know Toxie, hang your head in shame and keep it a secret, otherwise I may have to take away your access to The Nation!
Richard Ramirez, AKA The Night Stalker, kills his first known victim on this day in 1984 when he took the life of 9 year old Mei Leung in a hotel basement in San Francisco. He was not intially implicated in this crime. It wasnt until 2009 that DNA evidence finally linked him to this tradegy, bringing (hopefully) some sense of closure to the Leung family. Ramirez was sentenced to Death for his crimes but he died before sentence was to be carried out succumbing to Lymphoma in June 2013.
The setting, Mexico, the year 2009, and we witness the premier of Borderland one of the 8 films to Die For series. Although the film had played previously to this, it was premier the premier in the country where the actual crime took place that this film is based on. I am a huge fan of this film! It is a must watch with a frenetic pace, and tons of ultra violence and gore. Its a story that is ripped from the headlines of the recent past, as it is (said to be loosely) based on the 1989 crimes that shocked the world, known to many of us, The Matamoros Cult Killings. The story is actually fairly factual in numerous (but certainly not all) ways from the reading I've done over the years, regarding the cult leader/drug trafficker Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo, and the crimes he and his followers committed .That fact makes the film all the more scary and uncomfortable to watch. It is a GREAT flick and if you haven't yet seen this one you definitely need to pick it up and check it out for yourself! It is one of my personal favorites in the Films to Die for series.
Movie Monster man Kane Hodder turns 59 today! Stuntman, Actor and Author, it is hard to image where we fans would be with out this great guy. He has won our hearts many times over playing some of our favorite movie monsters. He first won us over as Jason Voorhees in 4 of the films in the Friday the 13th series. He more recently has taken the fans by storm as Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series, appearing in all 3. He has performed stunts in more than 20 horror films over the years, making some of our favorites much more fun, and his acting credits are beyond numerous! It is truly shocking to see just how many of our favorite films Kane Hodder has made his way into!
The Nation takes pause today to say Happy Birthday to one of the hardest working men in the genre! So from a well hidden enclave we whisper Happiest of Birthdays to you Sir, and tell you that you truly scare the living hell out of us! Keep it Scary Mr. Hodder!
Mario Bava took over the silver screen once more with the American release of Blood and Black Lace (aka Six Women for the Murderer) this date in 1965. This film is a must see for any fans of Italian horror or fans of Bava's other works. After the tremendous success of Black Sabbath and Black Sunday, Bava was given complete control over Blood and Black Lace. He took full advantage of that fact and changed up the formula for the so called "whodunit" films of the time, and put an unexpected emphasis on the murders and and sex in this film, which was a bit of a shock to the audience who had grown used to the same ol same ol. The shock however didn't translate to box office success and the film was considered a major flop. Its only in the last 25 years or so that the film has really found a fan base that appreciates it. If you haven't seen this one yet definitely try to find it and watch as history is made with sexy Italian titillation and gore!
Born in Jasper, Alabama 1955 actor Michael Rooker turns 59 today! Horror fans will forever hold him dear with his iconic performances in Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer, Slither, Hypothermia and many more films both in and out of the genre. You cant mention his name these days without the conversation turning the hugely popular Television series The Walking Dead, where he has found a resurgence in his already large fan base with his portrayal of bad boy Merle Dixon.
Rooker earned a spot in horror history early in his acting career with the film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. His portrayal of Henry, a character that was loosely based on the serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, won him the accolades of his peers,and he walked away with Awards for Best Actor from both Fantasporto, and Golden Space Needle, he was also nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.
The Horror Nation wishes you a ghoulishly good Birthday Mr. Rooker, we look forward to years of scares from your very capable hands!