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Library Happenings – Annual Halloween Film Festival begins Oct. 11

By Angie Georgeff

The start of the fall season has been unseasonably warm this year. It was good news for the Apple Festival, but now I’m more than ready for crisp mornings, autumn color and falling leaves.  Our annual Halloween Film Festival should help me get in the mood for the coming chill.

If you like movies about monsters without all of that excessive blood and gore, join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, for a classic movie suitable to the season. The festival will continue at the same time on Thursday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, Oct. 25.

The site license that permits us to show movies within the library prohibits us from advertising them by title or studio outside our facility. This is the eighth year of our Halloween Film Festival.  As usual, we chose movies that we haven’t shown before. A listing of the movies is posted inside the library, or you can enjoy the surprise. We will be serving Halloween candy and popcorn. Just bring your own soft drink or water in a spill-proof plastic container.

What I can say about our first movie is that it is listed by the National Film Registry as a film worthy of preservation. It also is one of the most highly rated films of the horror genre on IMDb, the Internet Movie Database. Unlike the classic Frankenstein, Wolf Man and Dracula movies, it’s one that most people haven’t seen. When I was young, my mother, younger brothers and I used to watch the “Friday Night Fright” flicks every weekend while my father slept. Even though I watched a lot of horror classics back then, I never saw this one until 13 years ago. If you are curious, join us tomorrow night and see for yourself. I would be interested to hear your opinion of it.

Spotlight Book

Kiersten White’s “The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein” retells Mary Shelley’s classic from the point of view of Dr. Frankenstein’s wife Elizabeth. An orphan who was abused by her caregiver, Elizabeth Lavenza is taken into the Frankenstein home as a companion to Victor, a brilliant but volatile child. 

Victor soon becomes attached to her and she learns to manage his violent outbursts. As she makes herself indispensable to the family’s comfort, she is given the best of everything.

After Victor leaves to study at the university in Ingolstadt, he stops writing home. Knowing that her position in the family depends on her usefulness to them, Elizabeth and a friend seek him out and discover what he has been doing with his talents.

The publication of this book has been timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s original gothic masterpiece.