Fundraiser: SILENT HORROR FILM NIGHT
Bust out your 1920s outfits, give it a spooky twist, and get ready for a unique multidisciplinary evening of films, music, improv and much more!
Saturday, October 22nd
The Old Fire Hall
Doors @ 7:30pm
Discover short horror silent films from the 1920s while kick-ass musicians Daniel Janke, Paul Bergman and Olivier de Colombel improvize a live soundtrack and as top notch improv actors Brian Fidler, Mary Sloan and George Maratos make up the dialogue before your eyes.
The amazing Alistair Maitland will be capturing everyone's outfits with a 1920s horror photobooth! We will be serving tasty drinks! You can win prizes from many local businesses including flights from Air North!
We will be presenting excerpts from the following silent films:
LE SPECTRE ROUGE (1907) by Segundo de Chomón.
A demonic magician performs a magic show in the depths of Hell itself, however his mistreatment of his female assistants incurs the wrath of a good spirit who starts to interfere. Some ground-breaking special effects are on display here (including miniature women in glass bottles) in this early example of a “trick” film which even predicts the invention of the TV. The film was shot in black & white, and the colours were later hand-screened onto each print via a stencil process which originated in 1904 and was used throughout the silent film era.
NOSFERATU (1922) by F.W. Murnau
Released as an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula with names and other details changed because the studio could not retain the rights to the novel. Part 5 synopsis; Fear and sickness was spreading through the town as people are dying. The agent Knock became a scapegoat for all unexplained deaths. Ellen reads the book of vampires and learns that a young woman must give her blood to a vampire to distract him until the first light of day appears.” Ellen lures the vampire Nosferatu in as Knock is arrested, and he dies as the dawn appears.
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) by Robert Weine
Arguably the first horror film. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist cinema, tells the story of an insane hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to commit murders. Themes include irrational authority (preluding the Nazi Party), the destabilized contrast between sanity and insanity, the subjective perception of reality, and the duality of human nature. Features a dark and twisted visual style, with sharp-pointed forms, oblique and curving structures and landscapes that lean and twist in unusual angles.
THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928) by Paul Leni
An adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name (also wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables). A melodrama, at times even a swashbuckler, but so steeped in Expressionistic gloom that it plays like a horror film. Plot centres around Gwynplaine, the son of an English nobleman who has offended the king. The monarch sentences his father to death and calls upon a surgeon to disfigure the boys face into a permanent grin, “to laugh forever at his fool of a father." His wide and mirthless grin inspired the Joker character in the original Batman comic book series.
THANK YOU to our main event sponsors:
Alistair Maitland Photography
And to our Make a Plane Game sponsors:
Potluck Food Coop
Yukon Film Society
The Guild Hall Theatre
Breath of Life Yoga Studio
This event is a fundraiser for our mighty theatre company! We've got some REALLY exciting projects coming up in 2017 and could definately use a hand making them happen.