Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. October’s theme is Classic Horror Films — all silent and in glorious black and white.

The month begins Oct. 4 with “The Man Who Laughs,” a nonrated film from 1928 that runs 110 minutes. In this classic horror film based on a novel by Victor Hugo, Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt), the son of an aristocrat, is kidnapped for political reasons and then disfigured by a gypsy surgeon, who leaves the boy's face paralyzed in a contorted smile. He finds refuge in a traveling theater troupe, but his lineage is eventually discovered and he soon finds himself being pulled back into the social and political world he was taken from as a boy.

Upcoming in the series are: Oct. 11, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1920, USA); Oct. 18, “Phantom of the Opera” (1925, USA); and Oct. 25, “Nosferatu” (1922, Germany). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Popcorns and drinks will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or