Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters

Dec 2, 2009–Apr 26, 2010


The Omega Man. 1971. USA. Directed by Boris Sagal

In conjunction with MoMA’s career retrospective of artist and filmmaker Tim Burton, the Department of Film presents Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters, a series of films that have influenced, inspired, and intrigued Burton, and which reflect the motifs, themes, and sensibilities of his work. Taking as its starting point horror-movie screenings that Burton organized in his youth, the series spans five decades and includes landmark films of stop-motion animation, German Expressionism, Grand Guignol horror, Universal monsters, and B-grade science-fiction. Burton has said of watching these movies while growing up, “I loved the lurid beauty of these monster movies. They spoke to me. I didn’t understand the world, and these films were somehow symbolic of the way I felt.”

Organized by Jenny He, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film. Special thanks to Wayne Titus, Alice Remsnyder, Elizabeth Quilter, and Charlie Achuff.


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