Gather round ye projection screen yonder for this super special and slightly macabre Halloween edition of Roaring Twenties Cinema.
Hosted by the fantabulous crowd down at Metro Arts, Roaring Twenties Cinema is a monthly movie night like no other, travelling back in time to the 1920s to revisit some of the films that paved the way.
This October’s screening is a creepy double bill of some of the most dark and insidious cinema ever to come out of Europe, featuring the rare French horror The Fall of the House of Usher, and the 1922 classic, Nosferatu*. The latter is cloaked in controversy, as it was an unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Stoker’s heirs sued the filmmakers, and the court ruled that all copies of the film were to be destroyed. However, some prints survived and the horrifying story of the hairless creep Count Orlok has lasted to this day. As for The Fall of the House of Usher, it is based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe about a woman who gets buried alive, which is pretty much everyone's worst nightmare.
Both of these films are silent so to add some authentic swoony drama to the fright fest they will be accompanied by a live pianist so get your chest heaving. Bring popcorn and a spare pair of pants, it's going to be a real terrorthon.
* I have actually seen Nosferatu and it is creepy in the extreme. It was made in the time before vampires were sexy and will put you off the little suckers for life.
What: Halloween Roaring Twenties Cinema
Where: The Lumen Room, Metro Arts
When: Friday 20 October, 7pm–10pm
One movie is $16.50 per person, or $19.50 for the double feature.
Image credit: Nosferatu