I’ve been long overdue to finally travel about seventy minutes up the road from where I live to downtown Toronto and visit the Royal Ontario Museum to see the amazing collection of film posters in the private collection of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett currently on display for the rest of us to see and appreciate. What held me back? Honestly, I can’t stand the wall to wall traffic while attempting the drive into Toronto. I have no idea just how busy the highways are in western Canada but in my estimation from where I live to the other side of Toronto it’s the most populated area of this great country and I go out of my way to put off any journey that ventures  into the Toronto city core.

That hour up the road on the wrong day can be a three hour journey of frustration and road rage. Hence my hesitation …. moving on … finally made it and to a poster collector like yours truly, the Kirk Hammett collection is a wonder to behold.

Yes I took plenty of photos and squeezed myself into a handful so pardon my photobombing a few of these classic images. Join me and enjoy the journey.

Greeting me when I walked in was the famous painting that once hung in the very home of it’s subject, Bela Lugosi. Gave me goosebumps to stand before it.

Entering the Frankenstein exhibit where one can step into the light and be a monster all your own. It’s where Karloff is King.

“Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE! “

Over to the Bela side of the showroom where we get a life sized Lugosi in the original suit he wore in White Zombie.

Black Cat corner and one of my favorite one sheets of the Universal Studios Classics.

Even Boris made an appearance in his original Black Cat outfit.

Moving on to the 8th Wonder of World. An original 1933 billboard from a theater lobby on display stunned me.

Some of the other featured posters that I was overjoyed to see and behold.


Photobombing this classic poster that I’d love to have hanging here in the movie vault at Mike’s Take.

This one really caught my attention. A real “beauty.” 

While I took plenty of other pictures, I’ll leave you with this 1927 original one sheet that according to the description accompanying it states it’s the only one known in existence. It’s just too bad that we don’t have one final copy of the original film to go with it.