In September 2017, the MoPop (Museum of Pop Culture) in Seattle, Washington opened an exhibit called Scared of Death: The Thrill of Horror Film. The exhibit is over 3,000 square feet and features more than fifty props from various horror movies and TV shows. It was a dream exhibit for a horror fan like me, and I really wasn’t sure I’d ever get a chance to see so many pieces of iconic horror history in one place in my lifetime. Luckily for me, I have family in Seattle, and my dad and I flew to Seattle last week to meet our family and I got a chance to check out the exhibit.
Upon walking into the MoPop, I made a beeline for the horror exhibit.
The first thing you are greeted with is the Governor’s aquarium of heads from the Walking Dead.
Once inside the exhibit is incredible. It’s dimly lit and feels almost like a haunted attraction. Glass cases that you can look in from both sides house most of the props. And if props aren’t your thing, there are all sorts of high quality sitting areas with TVs showing clips and documentaries about horror films, as well as nice art work that explains some of the biggest icons in horror, the timeline of horror, and even recreated pages from Bram Stroker’s Dracula.
I’ll be honest, I was like a kid in a candy store. It was the most excited I’ve been in a very long time. I was surrounded by so many pieces of horror history it was hard to know where to look and how much time to spend there. Had I been on my own, I probably would have spent four or five hours browsing, but I had family in tow so I made it through as quickly as I could.
I think most of the pictures and props are self-explanatory so I’m just going to post them for everyone to view. Some of the highlights include: a sweater worn by Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Machete Prop from Dawn of the Dead (1978), Lament Configuration Box from Hellraiser: Inferno, Mr. Pointy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1998), Special Effects Switchboard Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, Pages from the Necronomicon from Evil Dead 2, Judd’s head and ankle from Pet’s Sematary (1989), and the Ax used by Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
If you ever get a chance to check out the horror exhibit at MoPop I highly recommend it!