With Halloween right around the corner it's only fitting to take a peek inside Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture's newest exhibit, Scared to Death: the Thrill of Horror Film. The exhibit takes an in-depth look at more than a century of horror films from merciless zombies to blood-thirsty vampires and sadistic slashers. the iconic horror villians and stories told over generations are brought to live through this immersive exhibit. More than 50 props and costumes from movies and TV shows such as The Walking Dead, Friday the 13th, Blade, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Bride of Frankenstein, just to name a few. The 3,000 square foot gallery was created to simulate all the frightening emotions associated with horror cinema.
In addition to the props from numerous television shows and films, you can find a vampire chapel with its walls dripping of blood, 'A Zombie Containment Area' which displays severed heads from The Walking Dead and a 'Slasher's Den' which depicts the chilling deeds of some of the most recognizable killers. The entire exhibit is the quintessential place for photo ops and interactive experiences, including a coffin, scream booth and various multi-media stations.
According to the exhibit's curator, Jacob McMurray, the props were borrowed from various horror collectors in the greater Seattle community.
One thing I do love about the horror exhibit is that ability to look at horror film not only as entertainment but as something that reflects our society. Any horror film you see is a reflection of the time in which it's made.
Of course, the timing of this exhibit was on purpose as Halloween is right around the corner, visit mopop.org to purchase tickets for the exhibit.
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