There’s another reason not to feed that Mogwai after dark, and it’s not the reptilian menace it will morph into.
You might not realize it right away as your eyes get lured into this curiosity shop of horrors by artist Kevin M. Wilson for Hero Complex Galaxy, but many of the bizarre and unnerving artifacts in “The Old Curiosity Shop” are actually movie references from everything creepy to ever come out of the ‘80s—and beyond. Think Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Child’s Play, Harry Potter and yes, even Titanic.
The second half of the icy, 1997 box-office phenomenon that everyone is ashamed to admit they were obsessed with back then probably would qualify as horror.
So walk in if you dare and have a look around. That’s Freddy Krueger’s clawed glove hanging motionless (for now) above you, so don’t provoke it if you’d rather not be a dream warrior. You probably don’t want to touch that stick figure from The Blair Witch Project either, because it might be haunted by the vengeful spirits of ritualistically murdered victims. The sign from Camp Crystal Lake might lure a certain serial killer whose hockey mask is on the same shelf as V’s Guy Fawkes mask from V For Vendetta.
If you want a blasphemous read, there’s the Necronomicon. That deranged Good Guys doll on the bottom shelf wants you to be his best friend, but Chucky is probably hiding a knife. Maybe the gargoyle door knocker from Labyrinth is better idea since the only issue with him is that he doesn’t shut up. There’s Dumbledore smoking his pipe in the lamplight with Tik-Tok from Return to Oz right next to him. By the way, Gizmo is right next to the Heart of the Ocean sparkling eerily in the shadows.
This is just a fraction of all the nightmare fodder this place is stocked with. Hero Complex Gallery only has 400 of these frighteningly limited-edition prints available, so get your claws on them before Freddy does.
See if you can dust off all the artifacts when you have time to kill.