It’s been a year and a half since plans to build the Hollywood Horror Museum — which will celebrate the horror genre’s contributions to the arts — were first announced through a Kickstarter campaign. How far along in the process is the museum? Where will it be located? And who are the names behind it?
The following is what we know (and don’t know) so far about the Hollywood Horror Museum:
To be determined. For now, the museum is planning a traveling exhibits tour that will showcase the memorabilia it has acquired. “We’re working on October this year in Los Angeles,” said Museum CEO Huston Huddleston of the tour, by email. “SEE, our touring company, is currently raising funds. (The tour) will travel for at least five years, but we can still open a permanent (museum) in Los Angeles or anywhere else in less time, if we can get the money, as there are many, many props out there.”
As mentioned above, it isn’t a given that the Hollywood Horror Museum — not to be confused with the museum that was in talks to set up shop in “The Shining” hotel — will be located in Hollywood. Huddleston said both sides have had trouble coming to an agreement and that other major cities have offered bigger buildings in better areas: “Los Angeles hasn’t exactly been (as) helpful as they have been with the Motion Picture Academy Museum and Lucas Museum. And without tens of millions of dollars to start out with, they just don’t care.”
Board of Directors
The biggest names on the board are Clive Barker (“Hellraiser”), John Carpenter (“Halloween”), Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”), Joe Dante (“Gremlins”) and Tom Holland (“Child’s Play”). Also on the board: Sara Karloff and Victoria Price, daughters of Boris Karloff (“Frankenstein”) and Vincent Price (“House on Haunted Hill”), respectively.
The plan is to feature life-size figures, props and replica sets, which will be accompanied by audio and video featuring the actors and directors involved in the film or TV show. Huddleston has said the walkable sets could potentially recreate scenes from the castle in “Frankenstein” to the bedroom in “The Exorcist” and the attic in “Hellraiser II.” There is also talk of daily classes that provide behind-the-scenes insight on make-up, sculpting or drawing. And if patrons want to show up to the museum in make-up, that’s cool too. Make-up and costumes are encouraged.
The museum is expected to have a red section for all ages and blue section for teens and adults, not to mention a café and gift shop. The red section would feature family-friendly monsters such as King Kong and Beetlejuice and the blue section would focus on adult horror themes such as violence, gore and sex – in other words, the really fun stuff.