Karloff, Lugosi team up for cadaver-snatching classic

Oct 04, 2019
A scene from “The Body Snatcher” (1945, USA).

THOMASTON — The Friends of the Thomaston Public Library’s Friday Night Film Series, screening films weekly at 6:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the library, 60 Main St./Route 1, highlights “Creepy and Chilling” movies for October.

On Friday, Oct. 11, the series screens “The Body Snatcher” (1945, USA). Dr. Toddy MacFarlane (Henry Daniell) needs cadavers for his medical experiments. However, they are not easy to come by, so he enlists the help of taxi driver John Gray (Boris Karloff) and his assistant, Joseph (Bela Lugosi), to unearth bodies from the cemetery. The film is based on a Robert Louis Stevenson short story and considered a classic Val Lewton thriller. This is the last film to team Karloff and Lugosi, and their scenes together are eerie and compelling.

The unrated film runs 79 minutes. The series closes out early this month with “Nosferatu” (1922, Germany) on Oct. 18. The November series begins on Nov. 8.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. The Thomaston Academy Building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

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