There are a ton of fun scary options coming up at MoPOP (aka #TheMuseumFormerlyKnownAsEMPSciFiMuseum ) this October including a brand new exhibit dedicated to….
SCARE YOU TO DEATH!!!!
It’s actually formally titled: Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film and its a sequel to their previous scary movie exhibit “Can’t Look Away” and it’s full of all the scary iconic artifacts from dozens of your favorite spooky movies and tv shows.
PLUS, there’s more fun stuff happening at MoPOP in October including a visit from the Muppet-astic Cheryl Henson who’ll teach us some cool stuff about puppetry and Muppetry!
The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has announced the opening of a new exhibition, Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film. Organized by MoPOP, this original exhibit takes an in-depth look at more than a century of horror cinema. From blood-thirsty vampires and unrelenting zombies to fiendish slashers, this immersive experience presents the broad range of iconic horror villains and the stories over the generations that have brought them to life.
Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film opens at MoPOP on September 30, 2017.
The exhibit features a macabre display of more than 50 props and costumes from film and television including The Walking Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Bride of Frankenstein, The Thing, Dawn of the Dead, Hostel, Jeepers Creepers, Pet Sematary, and more. Taking inspiration from the genre, the 3,000 square foot gallery space is designed to evoke the unsettling sensations associated with cinematic terror. Themed sections include an unholy vampire chapel with walls dripping blood, a zombie containment area with an aquarium wall of submerged zombie heads from The Walking Dead, and a slasher’s den with a thicket of corpses suspended from the ceiling. The exhibit will also feature multi-media experiences including exhibit films, oral history interviews, and interactive photo ops.
“Following the success of MoPOP’s first horror exhibition, Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, we dramatically expanded and elevated the experience with new artifacts; and designed a bolder, morbidly elaborate exhibit environment,” says Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator, MoPOP. “We are also thrilled to add acclaimed directors Karyn Kusama and Roxanne Benjamin to join our guest curators, Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth.”
There’s also a special opening night eve gala event: FASHIONABLY UNDEAD: Scared to Death Exhibit Launch Party happening on Friday, September 29th. Snag tickets HERE to that fun party that includes a costume contest and so much more.
- Sweater worn by Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984
- Severed heads from The Walking Dead, 2012
- Church the Cat prop from Pet Sematary, 1989
- Creeper costume worn by Jonathan Breck in Jeepers Creepers, 2001
- Machete prop from Dawn of the Dead, 1978
- Costume worn by Wesley Snipes in Blade, 1998
- Lament Configuration Box from Hellraiser: Inferno, 2000
- Pamela Voorhees severed head prop, from Friday the 13th, 1980
- Stunt stake gun used in Fright Night, 2011
- Hacksaw used by Carey Elwes as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in Saw, 2004
- Hero functioning repeater crossbow used by Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing, 2004
- Hi-8 camcorder used onscreen in The Blair Witch Project, 1999
- “Gill Man” mask from Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954
- Mr. Pointy stake used by sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 1998
- Pages from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (Book of the Dead) from Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, 1987
- Special effects switchboard used in Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and other films 1930-1965
- Axe used by Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining, 1980
- Chainsaw used by the German Surgeon in Hostel, 2005
Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film is included with museum admission. Due to some graphic content, this exhibit is recommended for ages 13 and up.
Also in October:
Throughout October, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) will be the ultimate destination for all things spooky and magical with a movie lineup that includes Interview with the Vampire, The Dark Crystal, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and a talk with Cheryl Henson (daughter of Jim and Jane Henson and President of The Henson Foundation). Museum admission and limited gallery access is included with select programs as noted.
Campout Cinema: Interview With the Vampire, October 6, 8:00 p.m. 21+ ($14, $11 MoPOP members)
A vampire tells the story of his life from widowed plantation owner to murderous immortal in this gothic classic based on Anne Rice’s best-selling novel starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, and Christian Slater. Includes admission to Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film and Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction.
Campout Cinema: The Dark Crystal, October 13, 7:00 p.m. All ages. ($16, $12 MoPOP members)
The last of the Gelfings must journey to find the crystal shard that will create order and bring peace to his world in this Jim Henson classic. Includes admission to The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited and a pre-screening talk with Cheryl Henson (Henson Foundation President, and Jim and Jane’s daughter).
The Art of Puppetry with Cheryl Henson, October 14, 2:00pm Free with museum admission.
From Sesame Street and The Muppet Show to The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s creative imagination and enthusiasm for new technologies expanded the art of puppetry. Join Cheryl Henson (Henson Foundation President, and Jim and Jane’s daughter) as she looks at her parent’s dedication to the art form through a discussion and showcase of their impressive body of work.
Campout Cinema: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, October 26, 8:00 p.m. ($14, $11 MoPOP members)
The dream warriors must work together to try and stop Freddy Krueger for good in the third installment of this classic horror franchise starring Robert Englund, Patricia Arquette, and Heather Langencamp. Includes admission to Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film and Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction.
MoPOP After Dark: On Thursdays and Fridays throughout the month of October, MoPOP will host After Dark Happy Hours with exclusive after-hours access to MoPOP’s newest exhibition Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film, plus MoPOP favorites Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy Worlds of Myth and Magic. Specialty, bone-chilling cocktails will be available for purchase. 5pm-8pm, MoPOP South Galleries. 21+, $15.
ABOUT CAMPOUT CINEMA
Bring the outdoor movie experience indoors with MoPOP’s Campout Cinema series, featuring film screenings on MoPOP’s mammoth Sky Church screen alongside cinematically-inspired fun. At Campout Cinema, MoPOP invites you to get comfy and relax under LED stars on blankets, pillows, cushions, and sleeping bags from home (no chairs please). With photo ops and drink specials before the screening and during intermission—as well as trivia, giveaways, and other surprises—every Campout Cinema event offers a unique and super themed movie-going experience.
ABOUT MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE (MoPOP)
The Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP Museum) is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, MoPOP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower its visitors. At MoPOP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation and scholarship to the popular culture of our time. MoPOP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS AT MoPOP
Bowie by Mick Rock
The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970
Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction
Indie Game Revolution sponsored by Nintendo
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film
We Are 12™: The Seattle Seahawks and the Road to Victory
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