Despite being one of the single most profitable genres in the entire world, horror has long been the red-headed bitch-slapped problem child of society. Blamed for everything from actual murder to obesity. We as fans all know that’s bullshit, and one museum in Seattle is giving the genre its due.
Right now and through the rest of the summer, The EMP Museum in Seattle is hosting a special exhibit entitled Can’t Look Away: The Lure of the Horror Film. The exhibit presents an in-depth look at horror and how it’s expressed through cinema, biology, history, and contemporary culture.
During its run three iconic horror directors — Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth — have curated a selection of their favorite films, providing a solid foundation on which audiences can safely explore the spectrum of cinematic horror from its inception at the turn of the 20th century to the present day.
Visitors can view artifacts that include the script from Night of the Living Dead, the alien creature suit from Alien, Jack Torrance’s axe from The Shining and one of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” favorite stakes; watch interviews with the directors; and scream bloody murder. Interactive highlights include a Scream Booth, Horror Soundscapes, Monster Timeline, and Philip Worthington’s interactive shadow monster installation.
Beware! Due to the subject matter explored, this exhibition has a suggested rating of PG-17. Hit up the above link and go! Check out some pics of the exhibit below courtesy of EMP.
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