Witch's Dungeon opens for the spooky season next week

Published on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:23


BRISTOL - The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum will return to the Bristol Historical Society from Sept. 29 through Halloween, presenting a collection of movie props, life-sized replicas of iconic monsters and film screenings.

The Witch’s Dungeon, owned by Cortlandt Hull who created the life-sized monster figures, will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 98 Summer St.

It will be open on Halloween weekend through Halloween. Guests will be treated to a guided, wax museum-style tour. Then, after the tour, they can head to the auditorium to watch screenings of classic horror films.

“Last year we had more than 2,000 visitors from 27 states and 17 different countries,” said Tom Dickau, past president of the Bristol Historical Society who was helping Hull set up.

Victoria Price, the daughter of Vincent Price, will return to meet and greet fans Oct. 21. An ordained minister, she will also preside over the private wedding of famous Horror Punk musician Argyle Goolsby of Blitzkid that same day. The historical society will be closed that afternoon for the wedding but will reopen for the dungeon.

“This is the first time we’ve hosted a wedding,” said Hull. “We will dress up the museum with additional props that day and show several silent films for the guests.”

Artist and illustrator David Thorn Wenzel, who worked for Marvel Comics, will come to the dungeon Oct. 20 to showcase his illustrations for children’s Halloween books.

New props this year include a concept head for The Creature of the Black Lagoon, the original Metaluna Mutant head from This Island Earth and the head of The Beast from the 1946 Hallmark Hall of Fame Beauty and the Beast. There will also be a Yoda figure from Lucasfilm.

Hull’s figure of Boris Karloff as Ardeth Bey from the original Universal “The Mummy” film will be there for the full season and the tour will showcase an elaborate The Wolf Man set with the monster stalking a victim.

“It’s not a haunted house but a true movie museum,” said Hull.

Other Witch’s Dungeon events this season include an outdoor screening of Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein this Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Memorial Boulevard, and a two-part series on “Hollywood Movie Magic” detailing special effects from 1900 to today with Hull and Historian Bob Adamczyk Oct. 12 and 26. There will also be a free tour of the dungeon for students on Columbus Day Oct. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. This tour is funded by a grant.

Admission to the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum is a $6 donation. The tour is recommended for ages 6 and up. People can take pictures in the lobby but not during the tour. For more information, call Hull at 860-583-8306 or visit preservehollywood.org. A limited number of 50th Anniversary medallions from last year are still available to purchase.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol, Forestville, General News on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:23. Updated: Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:25.