Took a quick visit to the PEM in Salem to explore the IT'S ALIVE exhibit which is a beautifully curated display of the massive collection of Metallica's Guitarist Kirk Hammett including some stunning one sheets from the vintage age of Horror Films with a sprinkling of a few more modern items too.
I was skeptical because Peabody Essex Museum is an hour and a half away for me and trying to get to and from the North Shore from Central Ma is never an easy jaunt but luckily we had a lecture at the nearby Saugus Library so it gave us an excuse to swing over to the museum.
Skeptical because Hammett is a musician and I thought I'd be looking at things like Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN and more of the type of horror that just doesn't interest me (see more on Thursday's post about modern horror).
Boy was I wrong.
This is the original costume that Boris Karloff wore in THE BLACK CAT (1934) complete on a life size Karloff mannekin complete with a silicon head with a spot on likeness. It was really great to get a look at how small Karloff really was.
Seeing this piece of movie history was only the tip of the iceberg.
The exhibit is beautifully curated with movie scenes, music and even an UFO that flashes by behind the actual costume from the classic INVADERS FROM MARS sci fi flick.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, the exhibit runs through the end of November and it's absolutely worth the visit if you love Classic Horror.
I especially loved this kitchen/living room setup with a fifties feel which emphasizes the resurgence of horror films especially the movies of Universal Studios which experienced a rebirth in the mid to late 1950s when they were broadcast in the SHOCK Package which usually included a local horror host who would show classics like DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN.
This rebirth triggered the sixties complete resurgence of classic Monsters including the birth of FAMOUS MONSTERS Magazine which also led to the horror films becoming monster toys popular among kids and further still the popular original TV shows like THE MUNSTERS and THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
Also on display are originals by legendary artists like Basil Gogos and Frank Frazetta. These works alone are worth coming in for.
Moving images are projected on black walls of the major monsters giving them a ghostly look at some of the best of the Universal Monsters series.