‘The Haunted Palace’ At Rochambeau

haunted palace (8.22) Head over to the Providence Community Library’s Rochambeau location for a free screening of the 1963 film, “The Haunted Palace,” starring Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr., and directed by Roger Corman. The film was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” and a poem by Edgar Allen Poe (fun fact: additional dialogue by Francis Ford Coppola). Emerson College professor Moe Methot will provide a short introduction and commentary. According to the Wiki entry for Lovecraft work,

In August 1925, Lovecraft’s Aunt Lillian sent him an anecdote about the house at 140 Prospect Street in Providence. Lovecraft wrote back: “So the Halsey house is haunted! Ugh! That’s where Wild Tom Halsey kept live terrapins in the cellar–maybe it’s their ghosts. Anyway, it’s a magnificent old mansion, & a credit to a magnificent old town!” Lovecraft would make this house—renumbered as 100 Prospect—the basis for the Ward house in Charles Dexter Ward.

Terrapin ghosts . . . the horror.

The Rochambeau Library Community Room can accommodate 70 people so be sure to arrive early to get a seat. Presented in partnership with the Arkham Film Society and the Friends of Rochambeau.

Free, 6pm to 8pm, Thursday, August 22, Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street

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