First off, let’s just take a moment to give thanks for December 31, 1941, the day that Sean S. Cunningham, the creator of the Friday the 13th franchise was born. Do you think his first words were "ch-ch-ch- ma-ma-ma"?
December 31 also saw two monster movies, of a sort, hit theaters. In 1931, Director Rouben Mamoulian’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde debuted, earning star Fredric March and Academy Award. In 1957, The Strange World of Planet X, also known as Cosmic Monsters, The Crawling Terror, The Cosmic Monster, and The Crawling Horror, was released to very little fanfare. It’s a pretty stupid, yet enjoyable, film that includes your typical '50s monster movie elements: a scheming scientist, not totally explained experimentation, mutant insects, flying saucer men, and a theremin-heavy soundtrack.
Watch clips from both films below.
Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Released: December 31, 1931
Tagline: Put yourself in her place! The dreaded night when her lover became a madman!
Title: The Strange World of Planet X
Released: December 31, 1957
Tagline: Man and alien unite to combat the most insidious peril the universe has ever known!