Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum
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90 Battle Street,Bristol, Connecticut
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The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum in Bristol, Connecticut is a collection of figures of classic movie monsters.
The museum is owned by Bristol-native Cortlandt Hull. Cortlandt is the great nephew of film actor Henry Hull. In 1966, Cortlandt's father helped him build the Swiss chalet-style building to house the museum. Cortlandt built life-size figures of classic movie monsters that were made of wax, fine wire mesh, papier-mache and polymers. The figures were later replaced with more accurate ones.
The museum is only open on weekend evenings during the month of October, and due to size is limited to groups of three. It takes approximately 7 minutes to walk through the 40 by 17 foot structure.
The heads of many of the figurines have been based on life-casts of the actual actors who portrayed them. Background sets and clothing are authentic to the era, with some costumes or props actually used in the original films. Characters represented in the museum are:
- Frankenstein's Monster (portrayed by Boris Karloff)
- Erik, The Phantom Of The Opera (portrayed by Lon Chaney Sr.)
- Zenobia, The Gypsy Witch (an original character voiced by June Foray)
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes (portrayed by Vincent Price)
- The Creature from the Black Lagoon (portrayed by Ricou Browning)
- Count Dracula (portrayed by Béla Lugosi)
- The Mole People
- Kharis, The Mummy (portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr.)
- Professor Henry Jarrod, from "House Of Wax" (portrayed by Vincent Price)
- The Fly (portrayed by David (Al) Hedison)
- The Wolf Man (portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr.)
- Nosferatu, Count Orlock (portrayed by Max Schreck)
- The Masque of the Red Death, from "The Phantom of the Opera" (portrayed by Lon Chaney Sr.)
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