Photos: Icons of Darkness 2021

A year after it was originally scheduled to debut, Rich Correll’s Icons of Darkness Exhibition is finally open to the public, his personal collection of movie props, costumes, and life-sized figures on view at the Hollywood and Highland mall. In keeping with the Halloween season, the retail space is packed tight with horror-themed displays, but science fiction and fantasy are also well represented: classic creatures and contemporary monsters rub shoulders with superheroes, dinosaurs, and aliens from such famous franchises as Alien, Jurassic Park, Terminator, Star Wars, Batman, Planet of the Apes, and more.

The sheer number of items could be bewildering to all but the most hardcore fans. With multiple iterations of familiar characters, Icons of Darkness is virtually a geek quiz show: can you identify which xenomorph is from Alien or Aliens or whether Batman’s costume is from Batman or Batman Forever? In case you don’t know, the figures are identified, and the helpful tour guides will explain the distinctions.

Despite the multitude of monsters and a few mechanical jump scares, Icons of Darkness is fairly family-friendly. Some of the more intimidating figures are sequestered in a back section that can be circumvented if necessary, and the final display emphasizes friendlier figures (Iron Man, Mrs. Doubtfire, and E.T.) in order to send visitors out with a happy memory.

Icons of Darkness is currently scheduled to run daily through February 2022, but the plan is to keep it on view year-round. Hours are from 11am to 10pm, with admission in half-hour time slots to manage crowd size and ensure social distancing. Adult tickets are $30; children’s tickets are $15. Military vets get a 15% discount.

The exhibition is located in a corner space of the mall, facing the sidewalk. The address is 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. Get more information at iconsofdarkness.com.

Check out Icons of Darkness Photo Galleries below…

Classic Creatures

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Werewolves & Zombies

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Monsters, Witches, Warlocks & Robots

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Rogue’s Gallery

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Aliens and Predators

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Dinosaurs

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Superheroes & Villains

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Star Wars

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Miscellany

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Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.