Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's collection of classic horror movie posters and other memorabilia will be on display at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto next year, in an exhibit titled "It's Alive! Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection." The exhibition will run from July 13th, 2019 to January 5th, 2020.

More than 90 horror and sci-fi movie posters will form the centerpiece of the exhibition, to provide insight into the evolution of genre films and how they have played upon contemporary societal fears. The exhibition will also feature collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures. Hammett has acknowledged his poster collection as a source of inspiration for his own musical creativity.

Hammett told us a while back why he has shared his collection in recent years at festivals, his own convention and in a 2012 book: "There's a certain part of being a collector, you know, that's based on selfishness. You know, you're buying stuff for yourself. You're collecting stuff for yourself. You know, I've always been aware of this, you know, selfish aspect of collecting, and after a while, it came to a point where I just decided to start being generous. I wanted to share my collection with people who are into this sort of thing."

Speaking about the parallels between horror movies and heavy metal, Hammett said, "Heavy metal and horror movies come from the same sources, they come from the same seeds, they have a lot of the same imagery and subject matter and whatnot. And for myself, part of the appeal of horror movies is coming in contact with my own mortality but not having to pay the price. Or, like, reliving a death or something without having to go through the actual experience."

Metallica will begin a new North American tour this fall.