Classic Monsters in an international airport? Yes—the Hollywood heavy hitters from yesteryear: Frankenstein's monster, Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon—all those guys (in my rush to get to my gate, I didn't capture any Bride of Frankenstein, which is disappointing). There's some lesser-known monsters too: Great Garloo, Uncle Fester, Mole Man, and one of my favorites, The Crawling Eye. If you're hankerin' for some monster memorabilia, this is the exhibit to see.
Thirdly, you read that right—this is the collection of Kirk Hammett, Metallica guitarist and horror-movie fanatic. According to the SFO Museum exhibit guide, Hammett stumbled upon the 1931 Frankenstein on TV when he was six years old and never looked back, man. Hammett's so deeply committed to monsters, he even starred in a movie called Some Kind of Monster.
Check out his modus operandi:
Kirk Hammett knows his monster stuff and is a pure fan of the genre. Here's some quickly snapped photos from the SFO exhibit in terminal 2, post security. You can see the SFO Museum even if you're not traveling by getting in touch and scheduling a visit. The SFO Museum FAQ answers all other questions.
And now, Monsters.
|Everyone calls him Frankenstein but let's be frank, he's simply the Monster|
|Creature From the Black Lagoon board game with cheerful pop-art spinner|
|You gotta admire the creative type who came up with The Crawling Eye|
|Fester puppet deserves a closeup|
|Great Garloo robot cost $17.98 in 1961 - probably higher today|
|I like to imagine Hammett relaxing after a grueling rehearsal by making some monster candles|
|Hammett used to bring his magazines to class - no doubt a popular fellow in the school yard|
|A very effective Mummy's Chariot model|
|I kind of want to befriend Hammett so we can play some board games|
|The Wolf Man paint-by-numbers kit comes with oils (classy)|
|Creeeeepy model kit for that creepy kid who lived down the block|
|Kind of dark|