The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents its annual screening of one of the scariest silent movies ever made, the 1922 film Nosferatu, with music played live by the orchestra. Here are five reasons why you should take in this one-night only scare-fest:
1. Conductor and musicologist Gillian Anderson not only conducts the VSO in accompaniment to the silent film, they are using a score that she recently restored after the original was destroyed.
2. The 1921 film was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel.
3. Stoker’s heirs sued over the film adaptation, with a court ruling that all copies of the film were to be destroyed. However, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film has come to be regarded as an influential piece of cinema.
4. It is one of the best reviewed horror movies of all time at Rotten Tomatoes with critics calling it “one of the silent era’s most influential masterpieces”.
5. There are prizes to be won! Come dressed as a zombie, vampire, werewolf—or whatever you dream up—and you could win tickets to VSO concerts.
Nosferatu! A Special Hallowe’en Presentation plays the Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, October 30. Visit http://vancouversymphony.ca for tickets and information.