'Icons of Darkness', An Exhibition from the Largest Private Collection of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Memorabilia, at The Montalbán Starting in September

Screen-used artifacts, life-like replicas, and never-before-seen props amassed by Rich Correll create immersive public experience with COVID-19 precautions.
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Press release: This fall, beheaded beasts, blood-gushing villains, 14-foot aliens, and the world’s most beloved blockbuster heroes will converge on Los Angeles for an immersive entertainment experience. Icons of Darkness (IOD) will premiere at The Montalbán in partnership with TV actor, writer, producer, and director Richard “Rich” Correll. One of the most extensive, privately owned collections of its kind, IOD will offer cinematic buffs, sci-fi fans, cosplay enthusiasts, and horror aficionados a walking tour of props, artifacts, and memorabilia from movies spanning almost 100 years of Hollywood history. Hundreds of films will be represented, including Frankenstein, The Exorcist, Star Wars, Iron Man, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Joker, and Harry Potter.

In the past few months during the Coronavirus pandemic, The Montalbán has undertaken a massive pivot by transforming the lower level of its interior space from traditional theatre seating to an open floor plan. The new configuration allows for plenty of social distancing and is perfectly suited for IOD’s stunning exhibition. Contingent on public health updates, the exhibit will be open five days a week, starting in late September 2020, with Coronavirus safety measures in place. Located at 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028, the classic venue now accommodates new forms of entertainment. Ticket prices TBD. Reservations are required in order to limit the number of guests allowed in at one time. Tickets will be on sale by September 1st. Please call the box office at 323-461-6999 or visit https://www.themontalban.com.

A Fright to See

Valued at over $13 million, Correll’s entire collection of more than 3,000 timeless pieces hail from a gamut of film productions. From classic black-and-white films to movies with computer-generated imagery (CGI), and all eras in between, the exhibition is designed to entertain and educate film lovers of all ages. Icons of Darkness comprises 65 percent of Correll’s full collection—of which the public has seen only 25 percent to date.

“My ambition is to preserve the history of the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres because I believe they make people happy, and I want to bring that magic to the public,” said Correll. “Teaming up with The Montalbán was a natural fit because we have a common goal of preserving the culture of Hollywood. It’s a family-run operation rooted in showbiz that focuses on putting on a good show that leaves a lasting impression.”

Almost all of the TV legend’s items featured in IOD were used on-screen. After their time on film, Correll carefully rehabilitates and restores them to their original condition for the public to enjoy.

“Rich is not only a film buff but a film historian, making Icons of Darkness a celebration of preservation,” said Montalbán President Gilbert “Gil” Smith.

A sample of what patrons will be able to see include:

  • The original Xenomorph costume from Alien (1979), which features the designs of the (then-unknown and now influential) designer, H.R. Giger.
  • The full-sized Queen Alien from Aliens (1986), which solidified the sci-fi career of one of Hollywood’s most notable film directors, James Cameron.
  • Michael Keaton’s original Batsuit from the Tim Burton classic, Batman (1989), which led to the birth of the modern-day superhero film.
  • Original items from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) and Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur classic Jurassic Park (1993), which employed early CGI.
  • Work from famous horror authors, Stephen King’s It (1990), Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987), and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist (1973).
  • Hugh Jackman’s battle arena Wolverine suit from X-men (2000).
  • Work from the seven-time Academy Award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker, from films How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Planet of the Apes (1997), and An American Werewolf in London (1982).
  • A stable of props, figures, and costumes including life casts of Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Boris Karloff representing “Dracula” (1931), The Wolfman (1941), and Frankenstein (1931).

The exhibition will also feature an interactive area, Monster Midway. Guests can play a selection of carnival-style games such as “Zombie Brain Smash,” “Mausoleum Ring Toss,” and “Skeleball” for prizes. Correll and special guests will make appearances and guide tours at IOD.

“What we’ve created is a multi-sensory experience where guests will learn, laugh, scream, shriek, and hopefully come back for more,” Correll said. “These characters represent the spirit of showbiz and evoke so many emotions, and I think we could all use a little of that nostalgia right now.”

Safety First

Adhering to local public health guidelines, The Montalbán will ensure that Icons of Darkness is a safe space for patrons by:

  • mandating face coverings for all staff, security, and guests.
  • requiring reservations in order to limit the number of guests allowed in at one time.
  • providing a time limit for each group.
  • prohibiting anyone from touching the exhibit items.
  • requiring guests to maintain a 6-foot distance from non-household members in their group.
  • providing a one-way entry and one-way exit at the venue.

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