Creepy props, shambling zombies, a cathedral of vampiric culture and an ode to the most prolifically murderous movie slashers are key features of the Museum of Pop Culture’s Scared to Death exhibit, which scared horror movie fans all October.
The exhibit featured more than 50 famous movie props, as well as in-depth analysis regarding history’s most successful and unsettling horror films.
From “Nosferatu” to “Saw,” more than a century of horror film was on display in the exhibit, which featured oral histories from guest curators and horror movie creators Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, Roger Corman, John Landis and Eli Roth.
Visitors are greeted by the 8-foot-tall Xenomorph from the “Alien” films, as well as a short journey through an unsettling laboratory and warehouse surrounded by hungry zombies. You could visit Michael Myers, standing larger than life after navigating a chilling maze of suspended body bags, visit an unholy chapel dripping with blood exploring the traits and history of vampires, or touch a possessed television screen which flexed under your fingers.
Props included Gizmo from “Gremlins,” a sinister dental chair from “Hostel,” Freddy Krueger’s infamous sweater and a sparking switchboard from “Bride of Frankenstein.”
Some of western culture’s most feared cinematic monsters took main stage at Scared to Death, and rather than taking some of the magic out of the genre by showing the business of film making, it seemed to inspire a fun sense binge-watching session.
Because after all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.