Nosferatu’s Return

One can never erase the memory of those deathly pale, gnarly fingers reaching out from the flickering screen. Even without dialogue, as silent as the darkest night, Nosferatu (1922) chilled audiences to the bone, and manages to do so to this very day. And what could possibly add to such an unsettling vision, such an eerie set of eyes and ridiculously large fangs?

Why, an excellent composition to accompany the film, of course. The Invincible Czars know the power of music quite well. Their reputation for outstanding, genre-defying original music and mind-blowing covers of popular music precedes them, and they’ve also built a name for themselves with their excellent original scores for several silent classics. Now they can add Nosferatu to their list, and your Austin Music Minute maven guarantees it will creep right under your skin and raise the hair on your neck – your hopefully well-protected neck, of course.

Tonight, you have a wonderful opportunity to experience this original work when The Invincible Czars perform it, with the film, tonight at Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. This is a special double bill featuring a performance of the extraordinary Trouble Puppet Theater‘s original production, Frankenstein. The show begins at 7 p.m. Get there early for the best seating.

There you have it. A monster and a vampire for your Friday the 13th. Very recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

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