'I Like Scary Movies' Art Exhibit Brings Horror Films to Life
It’s one thing to watch a horror movie from the comfort of a theater or your own couch — but how many people would be brave enough to step into the story themselves? The return of art installation I Like Scary Movies to Los Angeles this fall offers a chance to make that question more than just theoretical.
“I Like Scary Movies is my dark love letter to horror. If the Broad Museum had a love child with a spooky funhouse, that spawn would be I Like Scary Movies,” the artist Maximillian, founder of installations and activations company Ultra Productions Maximillian, told Heat Vision via email.
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The installation, which is set to run through mid-November, is “a celebration of horror movies in a new style,” Maximillian explained.
“The focus is more on the reinterpretation of these movies as an interactive art experience and less about the scares,” he continued. “As much as I love a good scare maze, ILSM is much different than that. Guests will encounter classic imagery that have permeated our pop culture, but remixed in an artistic way. They will be able to interact with environments that they've grown familiar with, but viewed through a slightly twisted lens.”
The upcoming run of ILSM follows an initial run from April through June, which drew praise from the likes of Joe Dante and Eli Roth, the latter describing it as “truly one of the most spectacular interactive art exhibits I have ever seen.”
“During our first run in the spring of this year, I was blown away at the reception,” Maximillian admitted. “I invited my fellow horror fans to take a detour with me to explore these movies that I love and they embraced it with all of their dark hearts.”
For the fall exhibit, ILSM will move to the HD Buttercup Building at 2118 East Seventh Place in Los Angeles, and switch things up from its initial appearance. “We have reimagined many of the installations, and this time around we are adding Friday the 13th to the mix,” said Maximillian. Other movies will include It, The Shining and A Nightmare on Elm Street, each recreated in installation form by the artist, offering visitors the chance to walk into their favorite scary stories.
I Like Scary Movies is set to open Sept. 20 and run through Nov. 17.
by Chris Gardner
by Pamela McClintock