Three film events offer a warm up to Halloween at QUAD in Derby this month.
First up is Nosferatu, the classic silent film from 1922, which will be screening with live musical accompaniment. One of the classics of silent cinema, genre cinema and, indeed, cinema full stop, it is FW Murnau’s legendary vampire tale.
This film marked the first appearance on screen of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and remains arguably the eeriest and most magical of the many film versions of this famous supernatural tale.
Murnau’s use of real locations instead of stylized studio sets to create atmosphere, his deployment of special effects such as negative exposure and fast-speed motion to suggest a ghostly ride, and his casting of Max Schreck as the gaunt, spectral figure of Dracula make this one of the director’s most formally innovative works.
The magnetic performance by Max Schreck elevates the tale above the familiarity of the story and keeps the film relevant nearly 100 years after its first showing.
The film will be accompanied by a beguiling score underpinned by cabaret sounds, American Minimalism and nods to the work of Kurt Weil, performed by the three piece HarmonieBand.
Nosferatu with live musical accompaniment (PG) takes place in QUAD on October 25 at 7:30pm, tickets are: £15 or £13 concessions.
On October 28 you will have your first chance to see Korean zombie film Train To Busan which has become the most successful film in South Korean cinema history with over ten million admissions since its release there in July.
Divorcee Seok Woo lives in Seoul with his daughter Soo-an. On her birthday Soo-an asks to visit her mother in the town of Busan, over 300km away. Seok Woo takes her on the super-fast train with the intention of returning immediately upon dropping her off.
But when a sick passenger attacks the train’s staff it becomes clear that a zombie outbreak is underway and the train’s passengers are forced to fight for their lives!
Train To Busan (certificate 15 with English subtitles) screens in QUAD from October 28 to November 3. Tickets are £8.20 or £7 concessions.
Back for an eighth year, QUAD’s all-night horror movie marathon, Dead & Breakfast includes five feature length films Alien, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Eyes Without A Face, The Devil’s Candy and The Lost Boys.
Dead & Breakfast takes place on October 29, from 8:30pm until dawn. Tickets are £25 or £17.50 concessions, and includes all films and breakfast.
For more information or to book seats for all three events please call QUAD Box office on 01332 290606.