The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum

The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum A movie museum devoted to the classic horror & sci-fi films from 1900 to 1990 - New Location - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. NEW LOCATION - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - starting Fri, Oct. 2nd - website details - www,preservehollywood.org - Original movie props and also makeup appliances by Oscar winning makeup artists John Chambers & Dick Smith, are on display - a wax museum of accurate life size figures, based on the films of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney and others, in scenes based on the films.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of my top favorite Vincent Price films - "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" - Vince...
08/29/2021

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of my top favorite Vincent Price films - "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" - Vincent saw my life size figure of "Phibes" and so can you, when you visit "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum", and hear his special voice tracks at the museum (www.preservehollywood.org) Hope the link to my film short on Vincent still works - I created this way back in the late 1980's on 3/4" nu-matic tape "All Those Priceless Faces", with transfers from my 16mm film prints.

"The Witch's Dungeon" figure of Vincent as "Dr. Phibes" is re-united with "Mrs. Phibes" - Carolyn Munro. Attached, a short tribute to Vincent shown at "The Mystery Writers Of America", when he was given the "Raven" award for hosting the PBS series, "Mystery". As Vincent said, it was only a matter of time before someone would give me the Bird!" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrkhda6XyIc

Remembering the birthday of a dear friend, and artist who inspired me greatly, both with my artwork, and my movie museum...
03/12/2021

Remembering the birthday of a dear friend, and artist who inspired me greatly, both with my artwork, and my movie museum - BASIL GOGOS (March 12, 1929 - September 13, 2017). His "Famous Monsters" covers always were the most eye catching of any magazine on the rack. I was honored when he & Linda Touby visited my "Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum", a few years ago. The color atmospheric lighting in my museum was inspired by the vivid color in Basil's paintings, he just loved it. He is greatly missed!

Tues. night Mar. 2nd - STEVE MATTHEWS (aka "Argyle Goolsby") & I were doing a two hour podcast - talking about my great ...
03/04/2021

Tues. night Mar. 2nd - STEVE MATTHEWS (aka "Argyle Goolsby") & I were doing a two hour podcast - talking about my great uncle, actor Henry Hull - how the effects were done in "Werewolf Of London" by John Fulton & Jack Pierce, a brief tour of The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, plus discussing Steve's music score & sound effects on our new "Nosferatu" release, and much more. If you would like to see it - this is the link, only on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tv/CL8OSfGl1rR/?igshid=xc9jfly20wdj - Hope you enjoy it, we had a great time doing it. - Also attached is a shot of BILL DIAMOND and myself - Bill created the major background sets for "The Witch's Dungeon" and more - he has won three Emmy Awards for set & lighting design.

This Tues. Mar. 2nd we will be doing a live podcast directly from the deep cellars of "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie...
02/28/2021

This Tues. Mar. 2nd we will be doing a live podcast directly from the deep cellars of "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" with my good friend Steve Matthews aka "Argyle Goolsby" we will be discussing our projects together with the Movie Museum, and the "Nosferatu" DVD project. - Also, I will be revealing the true story of the makeup by Jack Pierce on my great uncle, actor HENRY HULL for "Werewolf Of London" (1935). Plus stories of friends I have known, many actually visited "The Witch's Dungeon", including makeup masters Dick Smith, John Chambers as well as Vincent Price, June Foray and more. We will also give you a glimpse of the new "Witch's Dungeon" figures, sets & movie props - join us this Tuesday - 8pm EST on UniversalMonstersUniverse.

"The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" is open by appointment only at present, thru our website - www.preservehollyw...
02/27/2021

"The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" is open by appointment only at present, thru our website - www.preservehollywood.org - for the number to call several days in advance - plan to visit weekends - Fri. thru Sun. 6pm to 9pm - Saturdays are best - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - The museum features life size figures in elaborate sets of the classic movie monsters played by Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price and others. Plus original movie makeup and props are on display.

Congratulations to artist JOHN ANTHONY GRAZIANO for his 16th year creating art for "Ripley's Believe It Or Not"! And my ...
02/21/2021

Congratulations to artist JOHN ANTHONY GRAZIANO for his 16th year creating art for "Ripley's Believe It Or Not"! And my thanks to John for the beautiful artwork he did for Ripley's on the 50th anniversary of my "Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" in 2016, with his ink sketch, before colorized.

Happy Birthday Feb. 22, to actor DWIGHT FRYE SR. 1889 - 1943. Although he got his start as a song & dance man on the sta...
02/21/2021

Happy Birthday Feb. 22, to actor DWIGHT FRYE SR. 1889 - 1943. Although he got his start as a song & dance man on the stage, he is best known as "Renfield", and the hunchback "Fritz" in two classics celebrating their 90th anniversary this year - "DRACULA" & FRANKENSTEIN". A very versatile actor, he also appeared in several vintage horror films, including another classic, "Bride Of Frankenstein". In other photo, his son Dwight Frye Jr. when hosting "The Witch's Dungeon" with Sara Karloff, in the early 1990's. Dwight Frye Jr. passed away in 2003.

"The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" is open by appointment only at present - weekends Fri. thru Sun. 6pm to 9pm -...
02/20/2021

"The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" is open by appointment only at present - weekends Fri. thru Sun. 6pm to 9pm - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - for full details and phone number, please go to our website - www.preservehollywood.org - The museum features life size figures in elaborate sets of the classic movie monsters played by Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price and others. Plus original movie makeup and props are on display. Special art prints & documentary DVD's are also available when you visit.

Remembering actor JOHN AGAR on his birthday - January 31, 1921, Thanks to a mutual friend, musician Jan Henderson, I kne...
01/31/2021

Remembering actor JOHN AGAR on his birthday - January 31, 1921, Thanks to a mutual friend, musician Jan Henderson, I knew John, & he recorded special voice tracks for my "Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum", which I wrote for our "Mole People" figure. He told me after " Hope you like it... but you write dialogue as bad as Universal - however, I guess that's what you wanted!" John was already suffering from emphysema, but still had a great sense of humor. One of his films he enjoyed was "Fort Apache" with John Wayne, but most of us love his 50's sci-fi thrillers - "Revenge Of the Creature", "Tarantula", "Mole People", "Brain From Planet Arous", "Invisible Invaders" and many others. A very kind gentleman, and fun to talk with, greatly missed.

With our "DRACULA'S VALENTINE" event coming up - all the classic monsters are getting romantic! Even MAXINE ANDREWS of t...
01/27/2021

With our "DRACULA'S VALENTINE" event coming up - all the classic monsters are getting romantic! Even MAXINE ANDREWS of the Andrews Sisters is under the spell of "Erik, The Phantom Of the Opera'"! Don't miss our "DRACULA'S VALENTINE" event, one weekend only - we re-open on Feb. 12th thru Feb. 14th, 6pm to 9pm at "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" - full details go to our website - www.preservehollywood.org (Sadly, Maxine passed away several years ago, but was so much fun, and a dear friend.)

Honoring the birthday of one of the greatest authors, EDGAR ALLAN POE January 19, 1809, photos of my great uncle, actor ...
01/20/2021

Honoring the birthday of one of the greatest authors, EDGAR ALLAN POE January 19, 1809, photos of my great uncle, actor & makeup artist HENRY HULL and his tribute to Poe on Broadway in 1936. He created two different makeups for the Sophie Treadwell play "Plumes In The Dust" - as a young Poe in the first act and an older Poe in the second act. Uncle Henry told me..."Poe had an unusual cranium, when creating the headpiece you had to careful not to exaggerate it, or it would be a caricature". Henry was a fan of Poe's work, he even sought out the tailor that made Poe's suits, so they would be accurate for the production. I believe Henry did at least two radio productions based on Poe tales.

Honoring the birthday of one of the greatest authors, EDGAR ALLAN POE January 19, 1809, photos of my great uncle, actor & makeup artist HENRY HULL and his tribute to Poe on Broadway in 1936. He created two different makeups for the Sophie Treadwell play "Plumes In The Dust" - as a young Poe in the first act and an older Poe in the second act. Uncle Henry told me..."Poe had an unusual cranium, when creating the headpiece you had to careful not to exaggerate it, or it would be a caricature". Henry was a fan of Poe's work, he even sought out the tailor that made Poe's suits, so they would be accurate for the production. I believe Henry did at least two radio productions based on Poe tales.

HAPPY 84th BIRTHDAY to our friend, actor FELIX SILLA, probably best known as the very hairy "Cousin Itt" on "The Addams ...
01/11/2021

HAPPY 84th BIRTHDAY to our friend, actor FELIX SILLA, probably best known as the very hairy "Cousin Itt" on "The Addams Family", as "Twiki" the robot in "Buck Rogers", and as an "Ewok" in "Return of the Jedi". Felix started his career with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In photo above, Felix is riding our "E.T." bike, with the real "E.T." actually used in the film, and below, visiting the "Witch's Dungeon" with Bill Diamond & myself. Felix is always fun to be around!

A belated Happy 98th Birthday to LARRY STORCH, one of the original "Ghost Busters" with Bob Burns & Forrest Tucker! Happ...
01/11/2021

A belated Happy 98th Birthday to LARRY STORCH, one of the original "Ghost Busters" with Bob Burns & Forrest Tucker! Happy Birthday Larry - many more!

Happy Birthday Bela G. Lugosi (January 5th. 1938), a longtime friend, seen here with our figure of his dad.  All the bes...
01/05/2021

Happy Birthday Bela G. Lugosi (January 5th. 1938), a longtime friend, seen here with our figure of his dad. All the best wishes, from all of us at "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum".

"HAPPY NEW YEAR"! From our "Dr. Anton Phibes" & "Victoria Phibes" aka the real CAROLINE MUNRO! - Hope you can visit "Dr....
12/31/2020

"HAPPY NEW YEAR"! From our "Dr. Anton Phibes" & "Victoria Phibes" aka the real CAROLINE MUNRO! - Hope you can visit "Dr. Phibes" at our very first "MONSTERS HOLIDAY" - Jan. 1st thru Jan. 10th - weekends Fri. thru Sun. 6pm to 9pm - at "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" - at 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - full details & directions - www.preservehollywood.org - All the classic monsters, and their sets, decked out in elaborate fashion for the Holidays, with rare vintage monster & sci-fi toys, plus displays of original movie makeup & screen used props - so much to see, and photo-ops for the entire family! You need to see it in person - DON"T MISS IT!

Honoring the birthday, December 28th, of film maker F.W.MURNAU (1888-1931), best known for his classic film "NOSFERATU",...
12/28/2020

Honoring the birthday, December 28th, of film maker F.W.MURNAU (1888-1931), best known for his classic film "NOSFERATU", seen in this photo with actress Mary Philbin ("Phantom of the Opera"). Musician-composer & illustrator "ARGYLE GOOLSBY" (aka Steve Matthews) has done a new atmospheric score for "NOSFERATU, A SYMPHONY OF HORROR" with a newly transferred print of the film from "The Witch's Dungeon" collection, with interviews and an introduction by MARK HAMILL plus much more. This new DVD/CD set that will be available - this Friday Jan. 1st, 6pm to 9pm at "THE MONSTERS HOLIDAY", hosted by, and tours given by "ARGYLE GOOLSBY" himself, he will also sign DVD's purchased at "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" - 103 East Main Street, Plainville, CT. - details on our website - www.preservehollywood.org - or https://acwnnstore.com/collections/nosferatu/products/argyle-goolsby-nosferatu-dvd-cd-combo?fbclid=IwAR3ZuD1T4y8p-CYTybIZ502UXsulE6lZkFF9AOS3-_IS-967Xsfuz18i1kk

So today, Dec. 26th is the birthday of that terrifying monster - ME! (seen here with my mom - note the neckbolts) Despit...
12/27/2020

So today, Dec. 26th is the birthday of that terrifying monster - ME! (seen here with my mom - note the neckbolts) Despite the Covid - I am so excited this year to achieve a dream I have had since I was 13 - to create the first ever "MONSTERS HOLIDAY" event! (Attached is an early photo of my figures decked out for the season) - Please go to our website www.preservehollywood.org - to view a video clip of it - and if you can, help us celebrate this Sunday Dec.27th 6pm to 9pm - or weekends Fri. thru Sun. thru Jan. 10th, 6pm to 9pm - would be great to see you, located at - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - Plus all our Classic Monsters are decked out for the season, with vintage monster & sci-fi toys - details on our website - HAPPY HOLIDAYS! - Here's Lon Chaney Jr. himself, to wish you a happy "Monsters Holiday" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9Hl7C0fj4g

This Sat. & Sun. Dec. 26th & Dec. 27th 6pm to 9pm have a MERRY CHRISTMAS with all the classic monsters during our first ...
12/24/2020

This Sat. & Sun. Dec. 26th & Dec. 27th 6pm to 9pm have a MERRY CHRISTMAS with all the classic monsters during our first ever 'MONSTERS HOLIDAY" at "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" - At our new location - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - And thru Jan. 10th every weekend Fri. thru Sun. - 6pm to 9pm. - For full details & directions - www.preservehollywood.org - The classic monsters, and their sets, are decked out in elaborate fashion for the Holidays, with rare vintage monster & sci-fi toys, plus displays of original movie makeup & screen used props such as the actual "E.T." used in the bike riding sequence, and an original animation production cel set-up by Chuck Jones from the classic "Grinch" - so much to see, and photo-ops for the entire family! You need to see it in person - not captured in photos! - Protective masks are required, only 5 people on each tour - Please dress warm, as there may be a short wait to get in. No advance tickets. - Here's Lon Chaney Jr. himself, to wish you a happy "Monsters Holiday" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9Hl7C0fj4g

Thinking of a very dear friend John Zacherle, who always lifted everyone's spirits. Zach made my birthday so memorable o...
12/23/2020

Thinking of a very dear friend John Zacherle, who always lifted everyone's spirits. Zach made my birthday so memorable on Dec. 26th 2009, when we filmed this at Bill Diamond's studio, for our "Aurora Monsters" documentary. Thank you Zach...wherever you are!

Vintage toys & collectibles are featured on all our sets during our first ever 'MONSTERS HOLIDAY" at "The Witch's Dungeo...
12/20/2020

Vintage toys & collectibles are featured on all our sets during our first ever 'MONSTERS HOLIDAY" at "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" - every weekend Fri, thru Sun. - 6pm to 9pm. - now thru Jan. 10th! We will not be open on Christmas Day - for all details and video - www.preservehollywood.org. - At our new location - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - As some people have said "I feel like I'm a kid again!" - All the classic life size monsters, and their sets, are decked out in elaborate fashion for the Holidays, with rare vintage monster & sci-fi toys, plus displays of original movie makeup & screen used props such as the actual "E.T." used in the bike riding sequence, and an original animation production cel set-up by Chuck Jones from the classic "Grinch" - so much to see, and photo-ops for the entire family! You need to see it in person - not captured in photos! - Protective masks are required, only 5 people on each tour - Please dress warm, as there may be a short wait to get in. DON"T MISS IT!

Those jolly fellows "The Golem" & "The Grinch" are among many classic creatures waiting to greet you to our first ever '...
12/18/2020

Those jolly fellows "The Golem" & "The Grinch" are among many classic creatures waiting to greet you to our first ever 'MONSTERS HOLIDAY" at "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" - every weekend Fri, thru Sun. - 6pm to 9pm. - now thru Jan. 10th! At our new location - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - for full details and a video clip, go to - www.preservehollywood.org - All the classic monsters, and their sets, decked out in elaborate fashion for the Holidays, with rare vintage monster & sci-fi toys, plus displays of original movie makeup & screen used props such as the actual "E.T." used in the bike riding sequence, and an original animation production cel set-up by Chuck Jones from the classic "Grinch" - so much to see, and photo-ops for the entire family! You need to see it in person - not captured in photos! - Protective masks are required, only 5 people on each tour - Please dress warm, as there may be a wait to get in. - Here's Lon Chaney Jr. himself, to wish you a happy "Monsters Holiday" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9Hl7C0fj4g

This weekend, that "Mistress of all evil" - "Maleficent" is showing a kinder side during our first ever 'MONSTERS HOLIDA...
12/11/2020

This weekend, that "Mistress of all evil" - "Maleficent" is showing a kinder side during our first ever 'MONSTERS HOLIDAY" at "The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum" - every weekend Fri, thru Sun. - 6pm to 9pm. - now thru Jan. 3rd! At our new location - 103 East Main Street in Plainville, CT. - All the classic monsters, and their sets, decked out in elaborate fashion for the Holidays, with rare vintage monster & sci-fi toys, plus displays of original movie makeup & screen used props such as the actual "E.T." used in the bike riding sequence, and an original animation production cel set-up by Chuck Jones from the classic "Grinch" - so much to see, and photo-ops for the entire family! You need to see it in person - not captured in photos! - Protective masks are required, only 5 people on each tour - Please dress warm, as there may be a wait to get in. For full details & directions on our NEW website - www.preservehollywood.org - Link to our "MONSTERS HOLIDAY" segment on "Better Connecticut" WFSB-TV3 - https://www.wfsb.com/better/celebrating-the-holidays-at-the-witchs-dungeon/video_513ceec0-a445-55da-8c20-0d2565a552b4.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR1XPfSUDJciYwGp_TDASFc1OUVbL8l9qlFG4kBTEYbOUEdI9RMZcmjT46s

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