Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film explores the power of a century of horror cinema.


Curator:
Jacob McMurray
Exhibition Design: Curious Beast
Graphic Design: Corey Smith
Collections: Katherine Hughes, Melinda Simms, Stefanie Terasaki
Fabrication: Mark Latz, Mark Columbino, Nick Rempel, Nils Carlson, Josh Powers, Joe Flood, Chris Moore, Riley Kerr
Films: Kevin Harvey
Interactives: Brad Purkey, Tad Hirsch, Raj Makker, Holly Chan, Abe Poutridge, Tyler Thompson, Jane Yu
Tech: Luke Brown, Kirk Jamieson
Sound Design: Steve Fisk and Bill Ronan of downtownXperience
Illustrations: Ames Bros, Invisible Creature, Tom Price
Skull/Stick Assemblages: Mach 2 Arts
Hanging Corpses: Ghost Ride Productions
Zombie Encounter: SCARE Productions
Scenic Painting: Laurie Le Clair
Curatorial Intern: Riana Slyter

Venue:
Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, September 30, 2017 - present

Synopsis:
For more than a century, horror films have thrilled and frightened audiences, providing heart-pounding terror and sleepless nights.

But horror movies offer more than just entertainment. They express the primal emotions of the human experience by tapping into the anxieties of contemporary culture and visualizing the unspeakable fears and forbidden desires that lie just beneath the polite face of society.

This exhibition examines the world of horror film through a series of immersive encounters with those that want to suck your blood, spill your guts, and eat your brains. Amidst this gauntlet of fear, five featured directors – Roxanne Benjamin, Roger Corman, Karyn Kusama, John Landis, and Eli Roth examine nine exemplars of horror film, illustrating the power of the genre and providing a foundation for exploring the spectrum of horror cinema, from its inception at the turn of the 20th century to the present.

Prepare yourself: Embrace the fear. Feel the terror. Be Scared to Death.

Selected Press:
  • King 5: “Sneak peek of new horror film exhibition at MoPOP”︎
  • Nightmarish Conjurings: “Museum of Pop Culture presents Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film”︎


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