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Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror (Exhibit Review)

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The EPM Museum recently opened a great exhibit on the lure of horror films. As read at EMPMuseum.com, "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."

There are all sorts of props 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", the original ‘Gill Man’ mask used in "Creature from the Black Lagoon", "Bram Stoker's Dracula" manuscript, and other horror film memorabilia."

There are a few screens separated by what looks to be a "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" inspired forest that play interviews with the three curator/directors about classic and modern horror films from the turn of the 20th century to the present.

You have to hand it to the design of the exhibit. It’s dark and creepy with some great lighting and layout. There are masks from "Silence of the Lambs" on the ceiling and the aforementioned "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" inspired forest motif. The one thing I personally could have lived without is the frequent interviews with Eli Roth. Perhaps unfair, but considering the impact that all those movies mentioned/exhibited had his don’t seem as relevant.

If you are a fan of horror don’t miss out on this exhibit!

P.S. That's my Momma-Dukes in the main picture. :)


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