This October, just in time for Halloween, Albright Memorial Library will be presenting a weekly film series celebrating the classic horror films of the legendary ultimate showman, William Castle. All films will be shown in the Community Room, located in the basement of the Lackawanna County Children’s Library.
William Castle (1914-1977) was known to some as one of the movies’ great schlockmeisters, but his films are also among the most beloved “B”-pictures of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Modeling himself after P.T. Barnum, Castle lured audiences to his chillers by appearing in their trailers and psyching the audience up to be scared. Most of his films included outrageous gimmicks such as an insurance policy against death by fright for Macabre, the “fright-break” during his Hitchcock homage Homicidal, and (his most audacious stunt) “Percepto” which literally shocked the audience by wiring selected seats in the theater with electricity and administering mild jolts during moments in 1959’s The Tingler.
Thursday, October 1st at 7 PM — THE TINGLER (1959) starring Vincent Price
Thursday, October 8th at 7 PM — HOMICIDAL (1961) starring Jean Arless
Wednesday, October 14th at 7 PM — STRAIT-JACKET (1964) starring Joan Crawford
Thursday, October 22nd at 6 PM
6 PM — MACABRE (1958)
7:15 PM — SPINE TINGLER: THE WILLIAM CASTLE STORY (2007)
The film series is being sponsored by The Friends of Scranton Public Library, who are also generously providing refreshments.
All films are free with your Lackawanna County Library Card; however, seating is limited and registration is strongly suggested.
You may register online to attend any film in the series by clicking here or by clicking any of the film titles listed above.
For more information, or to register by phone, please call Bill at (570) 348-3000, x3008 or email Bill by clicking here.