Metallica’s longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, is no stranger to the world of monster and horror movies. The 54-year-old rocker has published his own book on the subject, and even produced a three-day horror convention named Fear FestEvil back in 2014 and 2015. Now fans will get the chance to step into the world of Hammett’s personal collection of monster memorabilia at the Peabody Essex Museum, with his own featured exhibition taking place throughout the fall.
Titled It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, the exhibition opened to the public at the museum back on August 12, and will run until November 26, 2017, where it will showcase up to 135 works from 20th-century cinema. According to the museum’s website, It’s Alive! features posters, rare works by unidentified artists, themed electric guitars, lobby cards, props and costumes from films throughout the history of the dark genre.
Selected works of art highlighted in the exhibit include original posters from classic films such as The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) and Dracula (1931) to name a few.
The exhibit curator, Daniel Finamore, recently commented on the rarity of some of the artwork shared within Hammett’s collection.
“Nobody really collected [posters] until fairly recent times, so there's no traditional archive of this material,” Finamore says. “Some of these posters are much rarer than one might expect them to be ... They were produced by the thousand, but that doesn't mean that thousands survive.”
The Peabody Essex Museum is appropriately located in the equally haunting town of Salem, MA, there the famous witch hunt mania took place back in the late-1600s. Fans who won’t be able to take the trip to see the exhibit can still buy tickets to Metallica’s upcoming U.K. and European tour, which starts in a few weeks and runs well into 2018. Tickets for select shows on the international tour are available now and can be purchased by clicking here.