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Halloween at the HSRC: The Golem

2019-10-31 The Golem
2019-10-31 The Golem

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to Join Us for

Halloween at the HSRC:
A Special Screening of the Silent Film The Golem

When: Thursday, October 31, 2019, 7:15 SHARP
Where: History Center Community Room, 20 Zukor Road, New City
Admission: $FREE (reservations required)

Released in 1920, The Golem: How He Came into the World is widely credited as the first motion picture in the horror genre. It has even been called a precursor to Universal Studios’ 1931 classic Frankenstein.

Set in the Jewish ghetto of medieval Prague, the film begins with Rabbi Loew, the head of the city's Jewish community, reading the stars. He predicts disaster for his people and brings his assistant to inform the elders of the community. After the Holy Roman Empero signs a decree threatening to expel the Jews, Loew begins to look for ways to defend his people. He uses magic to create the Golem, a clay figure, and bring it to life, but things quickly start to go terribly wrong.

The Golem was directed by Paul Wegener, who also plays the film’s title character. The film critic Leonard Maltin gave The Golem three-and-a-half out of four stars, calling it a “chilling, visually dazzling story of the supernatural, based on a famous Jewish folktale of the 16th century.”

In honor of Halloween, we'll screen the full 85 minute version of the film. For this family-friendly program, people of all ages are encouraged to come in costume.


Or email us at [email protected] or call (845) 634-9629.

As a courtesy to fellow guests, please arrive early to avoid interruptions. The screening will begin promptly at 7:15 pm. Latecomers with reservations may forfeit their seats. Walk-ins will be admitted only if space permits.

Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY 10956


The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.

2019 Halloween - The Golem Reservation PDF


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