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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | March 8, 2021

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Cathy Dee

DRACULA (1958)Do you enjoy things on the scarier side of life? Things that go bump in the night or mysterious happenings? If so GOMA’s new cinema exhibition is something you’ll definitely want to check out.

This month GOMA is celebrating monsters and the monstrous in film. The exhibition features almost 60 of the most popular scary movies of all time. And because scary movies come in all shapes and sizes the films have been sorted into six equally creepy categories. You have your choice of bloodthirsty fiends; zombies, mutants, and shape-shifters; mad doctors; monstrous absurdities; foreign entities and my personal favourite, misunderstood monsters. What more could a scary movie buff want?

Frankenstein_1931Well, the team at GOMA have worked long and hard to source the best scary movies of all time. The exhibition includes the iconic Universal Studio films of the 1930s and 40s, the reprise of scary films by Hammer Films in the 1950s, as well as the infamous creature features of the 1950s and 60s. However the modern day masterpieces have not been forgotten as some of the films screened were produced only a few years ago. Films range from PG all the way through to the R18+ rating, catering to the scary movie novice like me but also to the hardcore scary movie fan.

A friend and I went to see a screening of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931). This was a restoration by Rouben Mamoulian of the classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. A cautionary tale of science gone mad this classic thriller explores what happens when one scientist discovers what happens when split personality becomes a reality. It was great to see a scary film from this era and be able to contrast with the scary films of present time.

While I can’t say this experience has converted me to a regular scary moviegoer, I can recommend this exhibition to everyone!



When? Running until 2 June

Where? GOMA at South Bank