Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum is getting into the holiday spirit

Published on Thursday, 12 November 2020 12:35


PLAINVILLE – "Rrrrrr, Santa good!" – The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum is set to deck their halls and dress up their monsters in Santa hats and sweaters for “The Monter’s Holiday.”

With The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum now open all year round, at their new location at 103 E. Main St., owner Cortlandt Hull is planning to have several holiday themed events running throughout the year, including New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day

“This has never been done by anyone before,” he said. “I had wanted to do it back when I first opened the Dungeon in 1966 on Battle Street in Bristol. But, it was difficult to do when it was at home due to the snow. The Dungeon was set up on the far part of the lawn and it would have taken a lot of plowing to get to. But, in this case, it will work out fine.”

People will be able to stop in to the Witch’s Dungeon every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nov. 20 through Jan. 3 to see the monsters and their sets decorated for the season. The Witch’s Dungeon will not be open on Christmas Day, however.

“There will be little fun details on the sets - like Nosferatu's rats will be wearing tiny Santa hats and there will be vintage monster presents around the base of the sets,” said Hull. “We will also have a life-sized Grinch there too created by Bill Diamond. We’ve also expanded our movie makeup and movie prop room so there will be new things for people to see. I think it will be fun for everybody. People can take pictures during the tour too.”

Horror punk Musician Steve Matthews, also known as “Argyle Goolsby,” assisted Hull with setting up the decorations for “The Monster’s Holiday.” He will also be one of the “ghost host” tour guides during this event on certain days which will be announced.

“Besides Steve Matthews, others that are helping with the holiday transformation are Jodi Dickson (one of our Ghost Hosts), Lisa Bell and Mary Houle, as well as the William Finkenstein family,” said Hull.

“The Monster’s Holiday” is named after a song originally recorded by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, who also wrote The Monster Mash. The Monster’s Holiday is a sequel song about the monsters initially plotting to steal Santa’s sleigh only to change their ways when visited by St. Nick. The song will be playing in the lobby for the duration of the event.

Hull said that the previous, Halloween season “went very well” despite there being a somewhat reduced turnout due to covid-19. The Witch’s Dungeon was still able to attract 20 to 40 people per night to Plainville.

“Everybody loved it,” Hull said. “We had a lot of people from out of town as well, some from as far away as North Carolina.”

After the New Year, Hull said he would also like to bring back his classic film screenings. More information will be announced in the future.

Tour groups will be limited to only 5 people at a time. Masks are required at all times. There will be no advance ticket sales. For more information, visit preservehollywood.org.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Thursday, 12 November 2020 12:35. Updated: Thursday, 12 November 2020 12:37.