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Metallica guitarist's horror art collection on display in Salem

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Some 135 works of horror movie art owned by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett are on display as part of the exhibit It's Alive: Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection, which is currently at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts through November 26th.

Among the items on display are rare original posters for horror classics like 1931's Dracula and 1932's The Mummy, along the lone surviving three-sheet poster for the 1931 film Frankenstein of the only surviving standing cardboard cutouts for 1933's King Kong.

Hammett said in a statement, "My collection takes me to a place where I need to be -- 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. From the moment I first encountered these characters, I could see that these guys had just as much difficulty in coping as I did."

Hammett, who has an extensive collection of horror movie memorabilia, told us that he takes his love for the genre very seriously: "I like to think of myself as someone who, like, has a real passion for this stuff and is knowledgeable. You know, I like to think of myself as a horror movie historian and, you know, I like to think of myself as someone who actually means it. I really love this stuff."

Show curator Daniel Finamore said, "These are rare works of art, but they're under-recognized as such. These posters are part of our cultural history, and they play to many of the same fears and anxieties we still have today as a society.”

The exhibit also features some collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures in addition to the poster art.

Metallica is in the midst of a European tour behind its 10th studio album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.

Check it out: Metallica in concert on June 4, 2017 at Busch Stadium

Metallica - June 4, 2017

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