“Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film” exhibit opens Sept. 30 at the Museum of Pop Culture” (MoPOP), Seattle.
“Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film,” a new exhibit created by the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), opens Saturday, Sept. 30, just in time for Halloween-season scares. An in-depth examination of 100 years of horror cinema, the exhibit provides an immersive look at horror villains, with artifacts, films, events and photo ops for visitors.
Inspired by its topic, the gallery is designed to evoke the creepy sensations associated with horror movies. Themed sections include a vampire’s chapel with walls dripping blood; a slasher’s den with life-size corpse figures suspended from the dungeon ceiling; and a containment area with zombie heads from “The Walking Dead” submerged in aquarium tanks. Other props and costumes on display are from movies and TV series including “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “ Friday the 13th,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Blade,” “ Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Thing,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Pet Sematary” and more. Due to graphic content, the exhibit is recommended for ages 13 and older.
MoPOP celebrates the new exhibit on Friday night, Sept. 29, with a “fashionably undead” opening celebration dance party with a first look at the exhibit; costume contest; horror-makeup station; and Q&A with filmmaker Roxanne Benjamin, producer of the horror anthologies “Southbound” and “XX.” Tickets for the 21-and-older event are available in advance or at the door.
“Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film”
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, starting Saturday, Sept. 30
Cost: $19-$28/at the door; $17-$26/online; including Henson Exhibition, $22-$33
Opening party: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29; $27
Location: Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle
More info: 206-770-2700 or mopop.org
Spooky exhibit-themed events continue at MoPOP through October, including Thursday- and Friday-night happy hours with after-hours access to the exhibit and horror movies at Campout Cinema on Oct. 6, 13 and 26 — all for ages 21 and older only.
Other exhibits at MoPOP include “Bowie by Mick Rock,” “The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited” (with admission surcharge), “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds,” “Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966-1970,” “Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction,” “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic” and “We Are 12: The Seattle Seahawks and the Road to Victory.”
The museum hosts an appearance by Cheryl Henson, the daughter of Jim Henson and president of the Henson Foundation, on Oct. 14, to discuss the art of puppetry and her father’s impressive body of work.