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Horroridor

on October 8, 2008 - 11:38am


Imagine, fellow ghoulies, your favourite scenes from masters of horror surrounding you in a dark tunnel, playing larger than life beside each other, moving so fast you hardly have time to name the movie title. Brilliant.

Deep below Union Station (our main train station here in Toronto, where all the subways, buses and trains meet), in an underpass was Horroridor: 20 foot screens with projected film clips of famous scenes from horror (and some non-horror) movies. The thing they had in common? Screaming.

On one wall, three projectors were aimed to play three separate clips of women, side-by-side. On the other, three more projectors produced three scenes with men screaming. Spectators stood in the middle, overwhelmed by the visual impact and the cacophony of sound.

Each selected scream scene was approximately 5 seconds long, and would move directly into a new one. Sometimes the images had a common theme: burning, bleeding, stabbing, exploding, or creatures coming out of your body. It was very violent, but...and maybe it's wrong but...it was totally awesome.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this installation at Nuit Blanche. I liked it so much that my grin lingered long after we'd left the exhibit (long enough to make me feel a little sinister).

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