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Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammet’s Collection of Horror Movie Posters

His exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, opens August 12.

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Kirk Hammett is more than a hard rocker. He’s a hardcore horror movie fan.

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, will present It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from private collection of Metallica’s guitarist.

Collection , an exhibition of graphic art that has seeped into the public imagination and reflected society’s deepest fears and anxieties for nearly a century.

Hammett’s horror movie poster collection inspires him: “The stuff of horror has a mojo that always works on me. I start producing ideas. They just flow like liquid.”

The exhibit runs August 12 through November 26  and includes 135 works from 20th-century cinema. Here are some of our favorites:

Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hamme Collec on
The Bride of Frankenstein, 1935, produced by Universal Pictures, lithograph (Courtesy of the Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection and Universal Studios Licensing, LLC.)
Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hamme Collec on
Roland Coudon, Frankenstein, circa 1931, produced by Universal Pictures, printed by Etabts Delattre, France, lithograph (Courtesy of the Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection and Universal Studios Licensing, LLC.)
Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hamme Collec on
Dracula, 1931, produced by Universal Pictures, lithograph (Courtesy of the Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection and Universal Studios Licensing, LLC.)
Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hamme Collec on
Attributed to Karoly Grosz, The Mummy, 1932, produced by Universal Pictures, printed by Morgan Lithograph Company, lithograph (Courtesy of the Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection and Universal Studios Licensing, LLC.)
Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hamme Collec on
Frankenstein, 1931, produced by Universal Pictures, United States, printed by Morgan Lithograph Company, lithograph (Courtesy of the Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection and Universal Pictures Licensing, LLC. Photo by Heritage Auctions, HA.com.)
Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hamme Collec on
Nosferatu 1931, produced by Prana Film, Germany, printed in Spain, lithograph (Courtesy of the Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection)
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Lionel Reiss, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1921, produced by Decla-Bioscop, Germany, printed by H. C. Miner Lithograph Company, lithograph (Courtesy of the Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection)
Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hamme Collec on
Franz Peffer, Hamlet, 1920, produced by Asta Films, Germany, printed by Meissner and Buch, Germany, lithograph (Courtesy of the Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection)
HAM-044 Reynold Brown, Creature from the Black Lagoon, 1954, produced by Universal Pictures, offset lithograph, 79 7/8 × 40 1/2 in. (202.9 × 102.9 cm). Collection of Kirk Hammett. Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing, LLC.
Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hamme Collec on
Rock On, 2017 (R. Kikuo Johnson)