This past Halloween I attended a screening of F.W. Murnau's horror masterpiece, Nosferatu, at the First Unitarian Church with live organ accompaniment. I have seen a bevy of bands play at the church's R5 concert series, which along with the film screenings, takes place against a gorgeous Gothic backdrop of wooden arches and church pews. Two words about the screening: A-Mazing! There were some serious mystical forces at work that evening as I sat cuddled against my date, completely captivated by the shadowy image of Max Schreck lurking across the big screen. I could swear there was a time or two that I was falling into a trance-like state and the hiss and vibrato of the organ playing above us gave me chills. This is how I want to remember the film forever.
November Fire Productions wants you to remember the film their way -- with a new metal/experimental soundtrack by the group Hobgoblin (big points for the name) and with actual dialogue. The band consists of members from some well known metal and experimental groups like Skinlab, Neurosis and Sacrilege B.C. They use Bram Stoker's novel to guide their story which was actually written 24 years prior to Murnau's film. The German film studio, Prana Film, released the classic vampire tale and was sued by Bram Stoker's widow shortly after but they dodged her by declaring bankruptcy and vanished from sight.