Horror, Hauntings and Education: An Interview with Founder of the Hollywood Horror Museum

 Huston Huddleston, CEO of the New Starship Foundation at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2015

Huston Huddleston, CEO of the New Starship Foundation at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2015

  Image courtesy of Huston Huddleston.

Image courtesy of Huston Huddleston.

Huston Huddleston is a writer, director, composer, and all-round cinephile extraordinaire. The founder of the Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum, he then went on to create the Hollywood Horror Museum (both still work-in-progress). In fact, the Horror Museum just got its official “go ahead” on October 12th, when its Kickstarter campaign ended and they successfully reached their pledge minimum – congratulations to that!

Son of Oscar-nominated composer Floyd Huddleston and singer Nancy Adams, Huston grew up in a showbiz household, so it’s no surprise that he is so fond of movies. He is the CEO of the New Starship Foundation, the non-profit educational foundation behind both museums. Beginning its journey in 2012, New Starship set out to save the Star Trek Enterprise-D and TOS Bridge sets – though momentous sets in movie history, they were both extremely close to meeting their demise. As Huston points out, it’s simply not worth it for production companies to hold on to memorabilia like that – it’s cheaper to get rid of whole sets than it is to store them away. Alas, that's when Huston came to the rescue.

"[...] he started watching horror movies and started to see the behind-the-scenes of them and he realized he could face his own fears through movies." Huston Huddleston, interview excerpt

Be sure to listen to our amazing interview with Huston for the full story, as well as how the Horror Museum came to be. We also talk haunted houses, Ouija boards, favourite movies, and auditioning for The Shining. We even delve into the deeper ideas behind horror films, their purpose, and how they can actually be used to overcome phobias. Oh, and plenty of sci-fi stuff thrown in for good measure! As Huston himself said, “this is the age of the nerd.” Amen to that.

For those of you that want a sneak preview of the Horror Museum, here's their latest promo video:

(Just click here if you want a peek at the Sci-Fi Museum too! )

 The Hollywood Sci-Fi Booth at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2015

The Hollywood Sci-Fi Booth at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2015

Huston Huddleston’s Top 5 Horror Picks
(in no particular order)

1. The Exorcist (1973)
2. The Shining (1980)
3. Poltergeist (1982)
4. Legend of Hell House (1973) - “most accurate paranormal film”
5. The Innocents (1961) (based on A Turn of a Screw)

Honorable Mentions
(because 5 is never enough!)

Juliette of the Spirits
Eyes Without A Face
Wickerman (original)
Blood on Satan’s Claw

Now here for the interview!

Update:

We caught up with Huston at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2015 and had a great chat! Take a look at the video interview right here:

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Posted on October 28, 2015 and filed under SUM2.