There’s a Witch’s Dungeon closer than you think



PLAINVILLE – As a child, Cordlant Hull had a rare blood condition that made it difficult for him to do what other kids did. He was basically home-bound.

So while his peers played outside, Hull focused on making small models of movie monsters.

Decades later, Hull still surrounds himself with creepy creations, as the owner of “The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum” in Plainville. 

One could say movie monsters are in his blood.

Hull’s great uncle, Henry Hull, starred in the film, “Werewolf of London,” and knew many big names in the business, including Vincent Price and Oscar-winning make-up artists John Chambers (“Planet of the Apes”) and Dick Smith (“The Exorcist”).

Through his Uncle Henry, Cordlant Hull was able to learn from Chambers and Smith. Soon, the young Hull was making life-size, spooky figures out of wax, fine wire mesh, papier-mache and polymers. And not long after, he had enough ghouls – six – to open his own museum, in Bristol. The year was 1966.

“At that time, Halloween was merely a one-night holiday; there were no ‘Halloween attractions,’” Hull said. “But what I planned was much different – a museum tribute to the actors and makeup artists that created these classic films.”

“The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum” moved to 103 East Main St. in Plainville in 2020.

“We have attracted people from 27 different countries and over 40 different states,” said Hull. “Oddly, more people out-of-state know of the museum than nearby.”

Museum tours are led by costumed hosts and take about 20 minutes. 

“Over the years, my profession as an artist helped me raise funds to expand the museum,” Hull said, pointing out that he has had a lot of help along the way, including from his mother, Dorothea Hull, a former Broadway costume designer; and from and his handy uncle, Louis Gagnon.

Emmy winner Bill Diamond and musician and artist Steve Matthews are other important members of the museum family.

“The Witch’s Dungeon is unique,” Matthews said. “It’s a symbol of endurance and dedication. Not just to the films, but to the vision that brought it to life 56 years ago.”

“The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum” is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, visit preservehollywood.org or call 860-583-6309.

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