ICONS OF DARKNESS: Monsters, Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Memorabilia!

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Last night was an amazing star-studded exclusive VIP premiere of ICONS OF DARKNESSS (IOD) at The Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood at Hollywood & Vine. This is in partnership with, Famed Director, TV actor, writer, producer, and archivist Richard “Rich” Correll; and Gil Smith, President of The Montalbán.

“ICONS OF DARKNESS” is an Immersive Experience and Exhibition from The Largest Private Collection of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Fantasy Memorabilia, and is 18,000 Square feet of mazes, stairs, monsters, heroes and villains.

Rich Correll’s private collection of memorabilia is valued at more than $ 13 million, and is the largest private collection of memorabilia from iconic films. Hundreds of films will be represented, including Frankenstein, The Exorcist, Star Wars, Iron Man, Jurassic Park, Spiderman, Joker, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Aliens, Batman, and Dracula etc. The massive dose of Hollywood madness showcases more than 100 years of cultural significance, with screen-used artifacts, life-like replicas, and never-before-seen Props.

Below photo: Grand opening VIP night at the Montalbán theatre in Hollywood for Icons of Darkness- now through November 1st. This was the first live on location event in Hollywood since the Coronavirus shutdown. We hope there will be more events like this very soon! Rich Correll did an amazing job putting together this collection of everyone in the history of Horror movies. Photo at entrance with Jack Nicholson and Alfred Hitchcock:

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, beheaded beasts, blood-gushing villains, 14-foot aliens, and the world’s most beloved blockbuster heroes:

  • The original Xenomorph costume from Alien (1979), which features the designs of the (then-unknown and now influential) designer, H.R. Geiger.

  • 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 Stephen 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 eight-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).

After a fun and fascinating tour of the exhibition, we went up on the roof of the Montalbán for the after party with a MONSTER MIDWAY allowing the celebrities and VIP guests to play a selection of carnival style games such as Zombie Brain Smash, Mausoleum Ring Toss and Skeleball for prizes.

Some of the celebrities that we interviewed were:

Jaleel White – ABC’s Family Matters
Andrea Barber – Netflix’s Fuller House
Michael Campion – Netflix’s Fuller House
Karamo – Netflix’s Queer Eye
Phill Lewis – Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Ryan Alessi – Nickelodeon’s All That
Lisa Foiles – Nickelodeon’s All That
Kellita Smith – Fox’s The Bernie Mac Show / Syfy’s Z Nation 
Deborah Joy Winans – OWN’s Greenleaf
Elise Neal – Scream 2 / Logan
Kevin Alejandro – Netflix’s Lucifer / HBO’s True Blood 
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe – CW’s The Vampire Diaries / Fox’s Prison Break 
Katia Hayes – Aliens of the West 
Jessica Morris – Fox’s Party of Five
Kim Rhodes – Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody 
Bridget Marquardt – E!’s The Girls Next Door
Patti Negri – Psychic Medium 
Max Amini – International Stand Up Comedian, 500k+ followers 
Douglas Little – Founder of Heretic Parfum & Designer of Bette Midler’s Hulaween
Farrah Abraham – MTV’s Teen Mom, 2 m followers 
Fred Fox – Executive Producer Happy Days
Cris Alexander – Premiere Products, Special Effects Makeup
Steve Wang (with service dog) – Special Effects Makeup, Predator 
David Anderson – 2 Academy Awards, Special Effects MIB w/ Rick Baker
Patrick Magee – Special Effects Makeup. Primal Rage: The Legend of Konga 
Todd Tucker – Illusion Industries, Passion of the Christ 
Jen Fregozo – Emmy Winner – Makeup, RuPaul’s Drag Race 
Kenny Myers – Makeup, Lincoln 

We want to give a special thanks to our reporters: Jaden Benenfeld & Trinity McCourt, and Steve Taylor, for doing a great job to show you all the monsters in the exhibition, taking you to the after-party with fun and games, and interviewing all the stars that were there for opening night.

Some of our fans of our TV show may remember Jaden when he was only about 7 years old- when he did some big events with us, and now is a full grown adult- and does an amazing job as a segment producer, on-air reporter, and editor for our 2 shows. There will be a lot more shows from Jaden and Trinity very soon! In fact tomorrow night Jaden & Trinity and our news team will cover The Urban Legends Drive-Thru Haunt at The OC Fair in Costa Mesa, with monsters that come right up to your car, and with 3 show areas.

This viewing experience and new exhibition is a COVID safe immersive public experience, and is COVID approved by California and LA Health Department regulations and requirements. For up-to-date details of this first public on location Hollywood Halloween event go to:  https://www.themontalban.com/icons-of…

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