August 22nd in sci-fi history: Heading Into the Woods

Contributed by
Aug 22, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT

It was on this day in 1986 that a lot America's youth first saw themselves in a movie called Stand by Me.

Based, of course, on the Stephen King novella of the same name, and directed by Rob Reiner, the story centers on four of your favorite child actors (River Phoenix, Jerry O'Connell, Corey Feldman, and Wil Wheaton) wandering off into the woods to look at a dead body.

That scene with the leeches was the worst thing a lot of fifth graders saw that year.

Anyway, the movie, it turns out, HOLDS UP, so may we suggest it for a Tuesday night viewing?

Sticking with a theme, today is also the birthday of actor James Corden. Born in London in 1978, Corden has worked an awful lot. He’s been on Broadway, and he’s done a lot of television both in the U.K. and stateside. And you may (or may not?) remember him from Into the Woods.

Corden’s also a big sci-fi fan, and often hosts large casts of shows on his Late Late Show. Such as this awesome thing.

Take the time to wish him a happy birthday here, and do tell him we sent you, won’t you?

Tomorrow: I Dream of Godzilla