Monday, October 08, 2007

YOU WANNA TALK HALLOWEEN??? There simply ain't much more Halloweeny than Cortlandt Hull's WITCH'S DUNGEON MUSEUM in Connecticut. SPFX makeup artist/sculptor Cortlandt Hull started his Witch's Dungeon when he was only 13 years old in 1966. Since then, he has added many life size wax figures of classic monsters such as Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Vincent Price's Abominable Dr. Phibes, Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera and even his great uncle Henry Hull as the first film werewolf in 1935's Werewolf of London.
The Witch's Dungeon is open for the public to walk through every weekend in October. It's a non-profit museum supported by scads of famous stars as well as Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr. and Ron Chaney. Cortlandt Hull was instrumental in aiding these famous offspring in the campaign to have the US Post Office produce those lovely Classic Monster stamps 10 years ago. Last year was the 40th anniversary and a superb tribute DVD was released which is simply one of the greatest DVDs any monster fan would want to see; jam packed with bajillions of stars from original horror host Zacherley to Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, from Christopher Lee to Mark Hamill, from Tom Savini to Dick Smith. It's a tribute to the Witch's Dungeon as well as to all the classic monsters and the classic stars who portrayed them.
So, if somebody out there would kindly volunteer to drive me up to Connecticut one of these weekends. . .

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