Also on display: Harry Potter and Elvira
Here's a neat trick: an easy way to satisfy your craving for a Halloween treat long before October arrives. The Dungeon of Doom exhibit at the Hollywood Museum features props and set pieces from some of the most horrifying movies ever made. There are no costumed actors providing jump-scares, but you will come face to face with replicas of Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, the Crypt Keeper, and Elvira. You will see items from The Exorcist; The Birds; Psycho; Phantom of the Opera; The Mummy; Darkman III: Die, Darkman, Die; Dexter; the Walking Dead; Underworld; and many more.
If that is not enough for you, there are also separate exhibits for Harry Potter and Elvira.
The Elvira exhibit includes her customized 1958 Thunderbird from her 1988 film, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; the red velvet sofa from her television show; custom gowns worn in her various film and television appearances; the skeleton "Bone Phone" prop from Elvira's Movie Madness video series; serpent earrings, jeweled dagger, and more.
The Harry Potter exhibit features costumes (including Harry's robe); photos; posters; blueprints of Hogwarts; a series of wand boxes and wands (including a box signed by actress Maggie Smith); Harry’s black handle instruction wand; and Dumbledore’s purple handle wand, both in ‘dragon skin’ boxes.
Though the Dungeon of Doom and Elvira exhibits are billed as Halloween attractions, many of the props and sets are part of the Hollywood Museum's lower level, a year-round display featuring Hannibal Lecter's jail cell from Silence of the Lambs, Vampira, Frankenstein, and the Bride of Frankenstein. The Harry Potter props are also part of a permanent procurement. These are all open-ended exhibits without specified closing dates - perfect for Halloween but available before and after the October season.
The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028.
Hours of operation are 10am to 5pm on Wednesday through Sunday.
Tickets are $5 for children 5 and under; $12 for students and for seniors over 65; and $15 for adults.
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