BERWYN – Something horrible has happened in Berwyn’s historic Train District.
Horrorbles, Berwyn’s magnet for the twisted among us who love all things horror and sci-fi related, has moved to 6729 Stanley Ave., from its old location at 6729 W. Roosevelt Road.
There now are six rooms of posters, autographs, action figures and more – all testament to the genre that made theater-goers scream with terror between mouthfuls of Milk Duds and popcorn.
Can’t live without the autograph of Patricia Neal, the love interest in “The Day the Earth Stood Still”? They have it. How about the very luscious Tura Satana of “Astro Zombies” fame? Look no further. And now, let us bow our heads, how about the monster of monsters himself, Boris Karloff? Believe it or not, yes.
Assistant manager Matt Wilberg has been at the shop about six years and doesn’t agree that people who would kill for an autograph from Ricou Browning, the man in the Creature from the Black Lagoon suit, are just a little off center.
“I wouldn’t say they’re twisted, they’re very passionate about the genre of horror and sci-fi,” he said. “It reminds them of their childhood and simpler times: the monster flicks at the theatre. It’s one big time capsule for them and they love being here.”
Because the store specializes in all things strange and weird, a giant, hairy spider hanging on the wall should not come as a surprise. Action figures, from seven to 18-inches tall stand ready to drain the blood from your veins or turn your brain into cream of wheat.
There are movie props as well. How about a little poker with the deck of cards used in the famous shootout scene of “Inglourious Basterds,” or some shadow puppets used in the filming of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”?
Horrorble’s is owned by John Aranza, owner of Autre Monde restaurant in Berwyn and aficionado of all things horrific. He is an authority on the subject, and something of a historian, who can find the most obscure collectibles and put together signings with some of the monster and sci-fi elite.
Wilberg is something of an authority on the subject, as well, and with careful consideration, answered some of those questions that have stymied academics for years:
Whats the scariest movie ever made?
“The movie that creeps me out is Steven King’s ‘Pet Sematary.’ That still creeps me out. That and ‘The Exorcist.’ ”
Who would win in a fight, Dracula or Alien?
“Good question. I’d say Alien might win with acid blood. I don’t think Dracula would have a taste for it.”
Wolfman or Predator?
“I’d go with Wolfman. I don’t think the Predator would have a silver bullet with him. He’s more high tech than that. The only thing that will kill him is a silver bullet.”
Horrorbles is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The store has a comprehensive website for shopping and events information available online at www.horrorbles.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Information is available at 708-484-7370.