I Like Scary Movies Opens in Los Angeles for Some Early Scares

An immersive experience for horror lovers who cannot wait for the Halloween season.

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I Like Scary Movies Opens in Los Angeles for Some Early Scares

Created by experimental artist Maximillian Castillo, the recently opened exhibit is being held now through June 16.

Created by experimental artist Maximillian Castillo, the recently opened exhibit is being held now through June 16.

Jaime Aparicio/EPM

Created by experimental artist Maximillian Castillo, the recently opened exhibit is being held now through June 16.

Jaime Aparicio/EPM

Jaime Aparicio/EPM

Created by experimental artist Maximillian Castillo, the recently opened exhibit is being held now through June 16.

Jaime Aparicio, Arts and Entertainment Editor

The thrill from watching horror films is usually reserved for the Halloween season, but this year, horror fans get to experience the thrill earlier than usual. Held at the art deco building The Desmond, “I Like Scary Movies” is an exhibit suited for all horror fans. Artist Maximillian Castillo brings the visuals and feel from some of the most loved horror-related franchises to the Los Angeles area.

What to Expect

ILSM puts the horror, or non horror fan, in several scenes inspired by well-known films throughout the years. Any fan of those properties will get a kick out of taking a well-framed picture for their social media. The films being featured are The Shinning, IT, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Beetlejuice, and The Lost Boys.

Fans of the horror genre would probably agree that atmosphere plays a key role when filming; atmosphere sets the mood for a perfect scare in almost every horror movie. ILSM does exactly that from the beginning of the exhibit. First, they have the guests enter an elevator that looks like it was pulled straight from The Twilight Zone. After exiting the elevator, you come across the first of several photo opportunities inspired from Beetlejuice.

Some of the Best From Horror Films

As you make your way through the exhibit, the first film you experience is The Shinning. The written word, REDRUM, is on a broken door and the twin daughters from the film appear. You can take pictures with them, but the standout photo opp comes in a unique form. The elevator scene where buckets of blood come pouring out of the doors. But instead of having tons of red liquid potentially ruining the clothes of guests, the blood itself is replaced by long strands of red ticket stubs with the number 237 printed on them.

The next film guests come across is that of 2007’s IT. Where the creators have built a giant teepee made of torn children’s clothes and old, raggedy stuffed animals. Lovers of the nightmare villain Freddy Krueger have the chance to sit on his “throne” or play victim to another giant prop in the shape of Freddy’s trademark razor glove. Tim Burton’s famous Beetlejuice continues to gain love and support with the movie’s couple, Adam and Barbara. You can also pose along with Beetlejuice’s favorite strip bar built for an idealistic postcard photo.

The last of the films being represented at the exhibit is the 1980’s classic The Lost Boys. Guests are able to sit in the vampires’ hideout or dangle beneath the bridge where one of the characters is tested in the movie before being initiated into the undead group. ILSM continues to fascinate fans of the genre until June 16 with no word on future dates and cities for other exhibits to be held.

 

 

 

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