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Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery


Garou and I had the opportunity to visit Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery in scenic Salem, MA this weekend. Now normally when I pop up to Salem I’m greeted with bad “noose” by the locals over at Gallows Hill, but this time we were in for a real treat. Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery is a delightful monster museum. We were greeted at the entrance by friendly proprietor James Lurgio and his partner Mark. Mr. Lurgio looked very dapper in his marvelous 19th century finery. At the front desk we spied realistic, iconic statues of Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Boris Karloff as Imhotep the Mummy and Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera. We chatted with James and Mark for a bit and then they invited us into the mysterious Nightmare Gallery. 

A monstrously macabre menagerie awaited us.    I won’t spoil all the details, but within this strange museum you’ll find all manner of horrid beings. The statues on display were clearly sculpted by very talented professionals. Garou and I spied many realistic creatures and horror movie stars from all cinematic eras – Max Schreck as Count Orlok from Nosferatu, Vincent Price as Prof. Henry Jarrod from House of Wax, Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown from It and so many others. They were all there.. lurking in the shadows… waiting to pounce on their unsuspecting victims. Informative plaques accompanied most of the life-sized figures. Each plaque explained the details of the film in which the relevant character appeared and their significance to the film. 

As we walked through this house of horrors, the eerie musical themes carried us along. I’m sure I heard the title theme from Suspiria at one point. The lighting was very nicely done and cast the perfect ethereal glow around each character. And full-size figures weren’t the only things in the gallery. We saw life masks from classic horror actors, movie prop replicas and other hex-citing items. 

At the end of the tour, James once again emerged from the darkness to chat with us and bid us farewell. I was a little embarrassed that I didn’t recognize a couple of the characters – not because they didn’t look fantastic, but because most of my horror movie knowledge turns into something of a trickle after the 1970s. There were a couple of modern zombie movie characters I didn’t know about, and one character I really SHOULD have known about from Poltergeist 2! I admit it – I’ve never watched Poltergeist 2. ‘Tis true. That’s something I intend to remedy this October thanks to James’ comments about the film. 

Anywhat, it is very clear that a great deal of love and attention went into Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery and I heartily recommend that you visit this marvelous place the next time you are in spooky ol’ Salem, Massachusetts. Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery is located at 285 Derby Street in Salem. 

 

Official website - http://www.nightmaregallery.com/

MySpace -     http://www.myspace.com/nightmaregallery

 

 

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