Icons of Darkness takes eager guests on a guided tour through Rich Correll’s collection of horror, fantasy, and science fiction film memorabilia. The guides focus on the nature of the exhibits themselves (are the props and costumes original or recreations, etc.), but we thought it would be fun to offer our own video version of the tour, focusing not displays but on the films they represent. What was special about them? What is their place in film history? Why are the memorable? For the answers to these and other questions, come along with us – if you dare!
Located at the corner of Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, the exhibition is open daily through February 28. Get ticket information at the official website: iconsofdarkness.com.
Hollywood Gothique’s Guided Tour Through Icons of Darkness: Photographs
Here is a gallery of displays seen or discussed in the film. Included are props, costumes, and figures from Thriller, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Star Trek, Jurassic Park, Alien, The Shining, Frankenstein, Dracula, Hellraiser, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Silence of the Lambs, IT, Gremlins 2, and more.
Check out more photos here. Read a review of the aborted 2020 installation of Icons of Darkness (cancelled because of Covid-19) here.
Creature from the Black Lagoon and Michael Jackson’s werewolf from “Thriller”
Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) from Batman and Robin (1997)
Batman (Christian Bale) and the Joker (Heath Ledger) from The Darkn Knight
T-Rex from The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Darth Vader touring costume from The Empire Strikes Back
Klingon and Spock from Star Trek
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) from The Shining
H.R. Giger’s original design for Alien (1979)
Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) and The Bride of Frankenstein (Else Lanchester)
The Bride of Frankenstein (Else Lanchester)
Dracula (Bela Lugosi)
From Hellboy (2004): (left) original stunt head, costume & gun; (right) original costume.
Brad Pitt’s lifecast in makeup from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Chris O’Donnell & Val Kilmer’s original suits from Batman Forever (1995). Michael Keaton’s suit from Batman (1989)
Studio copy from originals molds for E.T.
The revised Freddy Kruger as seen in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Freddy Kruger as played by Robert Englund
Pennywise and friend?
Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter
Metalunan from This Island Earth with Martians from Mars Attacks!
Original Alien design by H.R. Giger
The Mummy with life casts of horror actors
Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera
The Howling and the Wolf Man (as played by Lon Chaney Jr)
Boris Karloff as Ardeth Bey
Heath Ledger’s Joker stands among characters from The Conjuring, The Exorcist, and Beetlejuice.