Nosferatu at Wiveliscombe

CINEMA Obscura returns to Wiveliscombe Town Hall on Sunday 22nd October with a screening of the film credited with giving birth to the horror genre – FW Murnau’s Nosferatu. It will be screened, at 4pm, with a new live score played by Chris Green.

Nosferatu was the first cinematic interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and is arguably still the greatest of all – although Werner Herzog’s 1979 version with the charismatic Klaus Kinski as the count is also very powerful (and oddly poignant).

Released in 1922, the silent film, a masterpiece of German Expressionism, directed by one of the undoubted masters of the era, Murnau, was originally called Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. It starred Max Schreck as Count Orlok (the Dracula figure).

Chris Green’s new score was commissioned by English Heritage for a life outdoor screening of the ilm at Dracjla’s spiritual home of Whitby Abbey on the North Yorkshire coast.

The music is a haunting blend of electronic and acoustic instruments performed live by the composer.