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Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film Exhibit Opens October 2nd in SeattleWe know a lot of our readers live up in the great Pacific Northwest so when we heard about a new exhibit opening up this weekend at the Experience Music Project Museum entitled “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film”, of course we had to share the news. Read on for the details.

Horror films scare us so why do we like them? Vampires, monsters, and murderers have fascinated audiences for centuries. Today the movies that feature them dominate the box office, reinforcing the historical significance and cultural relevance of the horror genre. Organized by EMP, “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” examines the pivotal role that horror plays in the human experience.

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 will get a chance to view iconic artifacts, including the script from Night of the Living Dead, the alien creature suit from Alien, the scavenger demon from Constantine, Jack Torrance’s axe from The Shining (pictured above), the original “Gill Man” mask used in Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bram Stoker’s Dracula manuscript, and other horror film memorabilia.

Interactive highlights include:

  • Scream Booth: Visitors are prompted to scream on cue as they watch horror film footage in a soundproof booth. A camera memorializes the moment with multiple shots displayed just outside the stall.
  • Horror Soundscapes: Visitors explore the fundamental music elements and scoring techniques used in horror to enhance a cinematic sense of suspense, dread, and terror.
  • Monster Timeline: A large infographic defines the monster archetypes of horror film, examines their individual particularities, and explores why they continue to inhabit the collective conscious of popular culture.
  • Shadow Monsters: Philip Worthington’s interactive installation allows visitors to watch as their projected shadows morph into monsters.

    BEWARE! Due to the subject matter explored herein, this exhibition has a suggested rating of PG-13.

    For more details, including ticketing info, visit the EMP Museum website. EMP at Seattle Center is located at 325 5th Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109; 206.770.2700 or 1.877.EMP.SFM1.

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