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Be Afraid: Stamford Historical Society Screens Horror Movie Filmed In City

Del Tenney, a onetime Stamford resident, directed 'The Horror of Party Beach,' said to be one of the worst movies ever. It was largely filmed in the city. Photo Credit:
Halloween Movie Night Coming To Stamford Historical Society Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- What could be more frightening than a viewing of one of the worst movies ever made — and one with a tie to Stamford? Come to a showing of "The Horror of Party Beach" (1964), directed by Stamford resident Del Tenney, who established a legacy in film with several low-budget horror/exploitation films in the 1960s. 

The movie will be shown at the Stamford Historical Society at 1508 High Ridge Road at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. 

This famously awful film was largely shot on location in Stamford. Researchers will share stories of Stamford natives who participated in the movie and who hopefully will attend the event. 

Come in costume. Prizes will be given for the most interesting historic costume, the most frightening costume, the most amusing costume and the best overall costume. Cider and water will be available gratis and there will be snacks for sale. 

The suggested donation is $15 per person. All proceeds benefit the Stamford Historical Society and its mission to preserve Stamford history. 

That evening, you can also visit "How We Say Goodbye: Funerary and Mortuary Practices" in Stamford, the society’s newest exhibit that charts what is known of how Stamford has treated its dearly departed from the time of the first settlement to the current era. 

The exhibit includes gravestones, mourning dresses, fans, parasols, jewelry made of jet, jewelry using human hair, embalming equipment and many photos. 

Contact the Stamford Historical Society at 203-329-1183 or visit with any questions. The exhibit is sponsored by Bosak Funeral Home.

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