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Library to screen Halloween classic

“The Bride of Frankenstein” will be the October movie in the Waupaca Area Public Library’s First Thursday Film Series.

The showing will begin at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. in the basement meeting rooms of the library. Dr. Jack Rhodes will introduce the film.

According to Rhodes, this 1935 “monster movie” was chosen at this time because 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.”

“The Bride of Frankenstein” is, Rhodes said, generally considered by critics and audiences alike to be the best film dramatization of key elements of the Shelley novel. The director, James Whale, had also helmed the original “Frankenstein” picture in 1931.

The movie stars Boris Karloff as the Monster, Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein, Valerie Hobson as the doctor’s new wife, Ernest Thesiger as the evil Dr. Pretorius, and Elsa Lanchester in a dual role. In addition to the fine cast, Rhodes also notes the importance of the eerie sets and the claustrophobic atmosphere of the film as major assets for a horror picture.

No reservations are necessary for this free showing. Popcorn, sodas and theater treats will be served.

For more information, call the library at 715-258-4414.

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