Nutmeg TV gets close to Bristol's Cortlandt Hull

Published on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 20:58
Written by Nutmeg TV

BRISTOL - Nutmeg TV’s newest documentary, in time for Halloween, is “Up Close and Personal with Cortlandt Hull.”

Joanie Sutter, Nutmeg TV executive director, presents the story of a young Bristol boy, who for most of his childhood was ill with a rare blood disorder. He became interested in building and painting models of classic movie monsters. By the time he was a teen he began building life-size models, his first being “Zenobia the Gypsy Witch.”

In 1966, with help from his father, he constructed a gingerbread-style house that suggested a witch’s home deep in the forest of a fairy tale. He called it “The Witch’s Dungeon.” As Hull’s artistic abilities developed through college and an art career, so did his accuracy in recreating life-size figures.

“Universal Studios took note, as did actors, make-up artists, and relatives of the movie greats, which led him to work and learn from many of Hollywood’s great movie artists and legends. Oscar winning makeup artists John Chambers, for “The Planet of the Apes,” and Dick Smith, for “The Exorcist,” taught Hull some of their techniques and helped him acquire life casts of stars like Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Lon Chaney to create his characters,” according to a release from Nutmeg TV.

Inside the museum visitors were met by the Gypsy Witch herself, and elaborate displays housing these classic movie monsters, including Frankenstein and Dracula - many incorporating the original costumes and props that were used on the big screen. In addition, actors including Mark Hamill, June Foray and Vincent Price recorded special voice tracks for the museum.

“By the 1970s and 1980s, the small museum had doubled its size and was getting national attention in publications like The New York Times and National Geographic, and on network TV shows like ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ which featured the museum. Creating the longest-running tribute to the makeup artists and actors from classic horror films, Hull has produced documentaries, lectured at universities and film festivals across the country, and also written for books and magazines,” according to the release.

“Up Close and Personal with Cortlandt Hull” will be shown for the entire month of October on Comcast Xfinity Channels 5 and 1070, Frontier Channel 6060, and on Nutmeg TV’s YouTube channel.

The broadcast schedule is as follows: Sundays at 3 p.m., Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 8 p.m., and Fridays at noon. In addition, the documentary will be shown Saturday on Oct. 6, 13, and 20, at 8 p.m.

For more information, call 860-321-7405 or or visit .

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, Bristol on Tuesday, 2 October 2018 20:58. Updated: Tuesday, 2 October 2018 21:01.