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Early next month, Seattle’s EMP Museum is unveiling a
horrific new exhibit entitled “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film.” It’s
an in-depth exploration into horror, its link to humanity and how that
connection is expressed through cinema, biology, history and contemporary
culture. And a few renowned genre directors—Roger Corman, John Landis and
Eli Roth—have selected a handful of their favorite films to accompany the
Through a combination of artifacts, interactive
installations and screening rooms, “Can’t Look Away” (opening October 2) attempts
to balance classics and cult favorites, showcasing domestic and foreign films.
These include NOSFERATU, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, PSYCHO, DIABOLIQUE,
ROSEMARY’S BABY, SUSPIRIA, THE EXORCIST, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE,
ALIEN, THE SHINING, THE THING, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE FLY and many
more. The show will also feature a selection of iconic props from the likes of
ALIEN, CONSTANTINE, THE SHINING and CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Bram
Stoker’s DRACULA manuscript, the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD screenplay, etc.
Interactive installations will include a soundproof scream booth, a soundscapes
booth that will allow visitors to explore elements of horror scoring
techniques, a monster shadowbox and more.
EMP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration
of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction and popular culture.
It’s located at 325 5th Avenue North in Seattle; find more info at the official
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