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Creature Feature at Hammond Castle Museum

October 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dates: Tuesday, October 19, Saturday, October 23, and Tuesday, October 26Four performances will be offered each night at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm

Join Hammond Castle Museum this Halloween season with an exploration of John Hays Hammond Jr.’s science-fiction stories with a presentation of “Creature Feature,” a live adaptation of Hammond’s “The Termite Monster” and a correlating temporary exhibit.

The Creature Feature opens with a reading of “The Pet,” and spotlights a live adaptation of “The Termite Monster,” both of which are a part of Hammond’s collection of creative stories. “The Termite Monster!” is a sci-fi horror comedy written in the style of the classic “B-movie” genre popular in the 1950s. It is a tale of the brilliant-but-obsessed termite scientist, Dr. David Pius. When he experiments with a serum to enhance his physical abilities, he accidentally transforms himself into the most frightening monster imaginable. “A Wondrous New Species” (aka The Pet) tells the story of two intrepid explorers who discover a strange creature in the jungle. At first intent on taking her back to their museum as a new specimen, it soon becomes clear that there is more to her than meets the eye.

The entire Creature Feature program will run approximately 45 minutes in length, taking place inside the Museum’s Great Hall and Courtyard.

In conjunction with the Creature Feature live performances, the Museum will also offer “Hammond and Horror,” a temporary exhibit based on Hammond’s genre writing. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be an animated adaptation of “The Termite Monster” in the retro, “3-D movie” tradition, with provided red and blue glasses. This short, silent film will play on a loop throughout the duration of the exhibit. The exhibit runs from October 5th to October 31st. Guest may purchase general admission tickets to view the exhibit. Tickets are available online at Hammondcastle.org.

Dates / Times

Performances will be held on Tuesdays, October 5th and 19th, Saturday, October 23rd, and Tuesday, October 26th. Four performances will be offered each night at: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm. Tickets are $18 each and are available online at hammondcastle.org.


October 23, 2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Hammond Castle Museum
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Hammond Castle Museum
80 Hesperus Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States
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