Chamber of Horrors Opens in Los Angeles

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New attraction at the Hollywood Museum

The Hollywood Museum passed along the following press release we’re re-posting here in its entirety:

You’re not afraid of Halloween because you don’t believe that monsters and ghosts are real?

Then get face to face with the masks of Jason and Mike Myers from the “Friday the 13th” and “Halloween” movie series, sit in the haunted church pews from “The Exorcist” and — if you dare — visit Hannibal Lecter’s dark jail from “Silence of the Lambs.”

Those are among the real (and really scary) items from Hollywood’s greatest horror films — including “Sweeney Todd,” “The Mummy,” “Jaws,” “Hell Night” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” — in the new “Chamber of Horrors” attraction that is now open at The Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building.

“Our new ‘Chamber of Horrors’ is the latest attraction to join the list of must-visit Los Angeles Halloween haunts,” says Donelle Dadigan, museum president and founder. “We invite the public to experience this entertaining, spine-tingling attraction featuring original memorabilia from the 1930s to present day featuring favorite horror-themed motion pictures and television,” stated Dadigan. “But beware! Don’t be shocked if there’s a surprise visit by Hannibal Lecter or Michael Myers!”

The attraction begins in the depths of the Max Factor Building’s basement where, during prohibition days, the bowling alley and speakeasy played host to Hollywood stars. “The Chamber of Horrors” showcases original terrifying costumes, masks, corpses, mummies, posters and props from popular horror genre films and television. Attractions include Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell, personal effects and his mask from “Silence of the Lambs,” blood-spattered costumes from “Sweeney Todd,” Jason’s mask from “Jason Goes to Hell” and Mike Meyers’ original mask and jumpsuit from “Halloween IV: The Return of Mike Meyers.”

Other highlights: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s “corpse” fished out of the lake in “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the original costume worn by famed Hollywood personality Vampira, the costume and props worn by TV’s sexiest horror host — “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark,” the original Dead Man in the Basement from “Hell Night,” guillotine and the severed heads from “Quills,” plus much more including corpses, mummies and masks from Boris Karloff’s, Lon Chaney Jr.’s and Brendan Fraser’s “The Mummy” films.

During the museum’s hours of operation, the 12 most popular horror films from Blue Underground (www.blue-underground.com, North America’s leading source of horror movies) will be screened in the first floor theatre in which the seats are none other than the eerie pews from the classic “The Exorcist.” The top 12 Blue Underground movies are (in alphabetical order); “The Bird With the Crystal Plumage,” “Daughters of Darkness,” “Dead and Buried,” “Fade To Black,” “Living Dead at Manchester Morgue,” “Maniac,” “Mark of the Devil,” “Suspiria,” “Two Evil Eyes,” “Uncle Sam,” “Vampyres” and “Zombie.”

WHERE:

The Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Bl.)

WHEN:

10 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday

Opened Wednesday, October 15 and ends November 2, 2008

PRICE:

$15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students under 21

$5 for children under 5.

Source: The Hollywood Museum