Wednesday, October 24, 2012

House of Dark Shadows

Start off your Halloween festivities on Tuesday night, October 30, the eve of Hallowe'en, with our exclusive screening of "House of Dark Shadows." Not to be confused with the recent Johnny Depp spoof, "House of Dark Shadows" is the original 1970 horror movie based on the Gothic daytime TV series of the late '60s and early '70s. The film stars the original Barnabas Collins, the incomparable Jonathan Frid, who brings his formidable stage presence to the role of the reluctant vampire. The cast is filled by players from the TV show, including MGM star of the '40s and '50s Joan Bennett and Minnesota-born actress Kathryn Leigh Scott. The movie is a product of its time in its filming techniques, Technicolor and eerie score—and it still packs a wallop in the fear department. Photographs of the historic Lyndhurst estate and Hudson Valley area (taken by a library staff member) where the movie was filmed will be on display. Refreshments and the film begin at 6:30 p.m. (Please note: "House of Dark Shadows" is being released for the first time on DVD on October 30. In the unlikely event we do not receive the DVD that day, we will substitute another classic horror movie, Roger Corman's 1960 film of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher," starring Vincent Price.)

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