The show leaps head first into horror films and, as EMP says, their “link to humanity, and how that connection is expressed through cinema, biology, history, and contemporary culture.”
EMP involved some of the cinema’s most prolific horror film directors to curate a selection of their favorite films: Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth.
“Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” opens October 2 at EMP.
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Through a combination of artifacts, interactive installations, and screening rooms, “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” explores films from the last 100 years, and is a balance between classics and cult favorites, and domestic and foreign motion pictures. They include: “Nosferatu” (1922), “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935), “Les Diaboliques” (1955), “Psycho” (1960), “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968), “Suspiria” (1972), “The Exorcist” (1973), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974), “Alien” (1979), “The Shining” (1980), “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), “The Fly” (1986), “The Thing” (1982), and many others.
The exhibition will feature a selection of iconic artifacts from horror films including:
· Alien creature suit from “Alien”
· Scavenger demon from “Constantine”
· Jack Torrance’s ax from “The Shining”
· “Gill Man” mask from “Creature from the Black Lagoon”
· Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” manuscript
· Script from “Night of the Living Dead”
Interactive installations include:
Scream Booth: In a soundproof booth, visitors will watch a scene from a horror film and are encouraged to scream on cue. A camera takes multiple shots, which are displayed outside the booth.
Horror Soundscapes: Visitors will be able to explore basic music elements and scoring techniques used in horror film to enhance the sense of suspense and horror.
Monster Timeline: A large infographic explores the popular monster archetypes in horror, why they persist into our modern times, and why they resonate.
Shadow Monsters: An installation by visual artist Philip Worthington where visitors can see their projected shadows and watch them morph into monster-like forms.
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