Saturday, October 21, 2017

31 Days of Halloween - Day 21

It's Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Movie Posters from the Kirk Hammett Collection edited by Daniel Finamore

Peabody Essex Museum/Skira Rizzoli. 2017.

Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett, has one of the best collections of horror memorabilia out there. It contains some truly astonishing items, and now (through November 28) much of it is on display oat the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.

This book serves as the exhibition's catalogue. and is a visual feast for the eyes, and the senses when you realize just how colossal some of these movie posters are, and how unique (literally in one case) they are. Accompanying the images are essays on the lure of the horror movie poster, fear and its attraction, and how horror can inspire one's art as it does for Kirk Hammett.

Although there is, obviously, a lot of overlap in terms of the visuals with Hammett's previous book, Too Much Horror Business, It's Alive! makes for a worthy companion.

1 comment:

Caffeinated Joe said...

Actually got to see this exhibition at the beginning of the month and was amazed by the size of the collection and the condition. Some of these posters and pieces are in like near-mint condition and when you see the size of some of them, it is truly amazing that they have remained unscathed. Beautiful stuff. Was a fun day!