Scared to Death

The Thrill of Horror Film

  1. Though beautiful, the Lament Configuration box from Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser” series can be a dangerous key to another plane of existence. When solved, the puzzle box opens a bridge to this place, allowing occupants access to our world.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  2. It is said that director Wes Craven chose the colors for Freddy Krueger’s iconic sweater after learning the eye has trouble recognizing the shades of red and green next to each other. His intention was to create a costume that was subliminally disturbing.

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  3. Prop heads like this one were made for the Governor's fish tanks in AMC's television show The Walking Dead. This prop was used in the season 3 episode "Walk With Me."

    Photo by Brady Harvey.

  4. An unholy vampire chapel drips with blood as guests discover the history of horror’s most alluring creatures.

    Photo by Jim Bennett.

  5. Oral histories can with guest curators Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, Roger Corman, John Landis, and Eli Roth, can be found throughout the exhibit and reveal the stories behind the creation of horror’s most influential films.

    Photo by Jim Bennett.

  6. This immersive experience transports visitors into the dark depths of horror film, where terror lurks in every shadow.

    Photo by Jim Bennett.

Explore the most terrifying monsters in horror cinema.

Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film features more than 50 props and costumes from film and television including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bride of Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead, Hostel, Jeepers Creepers, and Pet Sematary.

Themed gallery sections evoke the unsettling sensations associated with cinematic terror. A vampire’s lair drips with blood; zombies shamble through an abandoned containment center; and a thicket of suspended corpses frames a killer’s den. In addition, the exhibition offers extensive exhibit films, oral history interviews with the genre’s top directors, and interactive photo ops.

Due to some graphic content, this exhibit is recommended for ages 13 and up.

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