Metal rocker shares his horror memorabilia
Kirk Hammett may be known best as the guitarist whose deafening solos have come to define the band Metallica. But a new exhibit is showcasing a different side of the rocker, his passion for sci-fi and horror films.
The exhibit, which opens today at the Peabody Essex Museum, features 135 works owned by the heavy-metal musician. It runs through Nov. 26.
“My collection takes me to a place where I need to be,” Hammett said. “Among the monsters, where I’m most comfortable and creative. That’s where the magic has happened for me all these years, and it’s something I’ve come to trust,” he said. “From the moment I first encountered these characters, I could see that these guys had just as much difficulty in coping as I did.”
Daniel Finamore, who curated the show titled “It’s Alive: Classic Horror and Sci-fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection,” said although the posters may have played a supporting role to the films, they give the mummies and zombies top billing and “deliver on the promise of fear.”
“These are rare works of art, but they’re under-recognized as such,” he said.
There are posters of the undead and unnatural, including ones from the 1931 film “Dracula” and the 1932 film “The Mummy.”
The exhibit also features some collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures.
One of the stars of the show is the lone-surviving, three-sheet poster for the 1931 film “Frankenstein.” It was found in the boarded -up projection room of an old movie theater.
Collecting horror items is a new, but lucrative, endeavor. The most expensive movie poster was purchased in 2016 by a private collector for nearly $700,000. It was for director Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis.”