More From ‘At Home With Monsters’

May I be forgiven for trying to capture so much coolness… but it really can’t beat seeing the “At Home with Monsters” exhibit first-hand.

A life-sized Ray Harryhausen among some of his creations — does del Toro talk to his spirit seeking guidance?


…and some pieces from ‘Jason and the Argonauts,’ though these are not originals.


del Toro studied under monster make-up master Dick Smith — so there’s no doubt this is one to whom he communes for inspiration.


The Frankenstein Monster is a huge influence on Guillermo del Toro — and this display captures the pathos perfectly, and in life-size, complete with a disdainful Dr. Praetorius.


Hidden behind wooden slats, a life-sized replica of Harry Earles as Hans from Tod Browning’s 1932 classic ‘Freaks’


…as well as replicas of other stars from ‘Freaks,’ Schlitzi and Johnny Eck


Boris Karloff getting made-up for his iconic role…


Guillermo del Toro has some marionettes around that I’m not sure I would feel comfortable being watched by…


further case in point…


Then again, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy keeps watch for us…


I guess all our minds were rotted together…


…and that’s the hell of it.

I can’t explain these next two — but they had to be shared…

…and Krampus should remind you, there’s nothing new about loving to be scared.

For gosh sakes, get thee to LACMA!

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at