SLO Film Fest to feature Vampire classic for Opening Night

The SLO Film Fest is delighted to have Markus Horn returning to the festival from his home in Hanover, Germany to play his original piano score for “Nosferatu,” the 1922 silent film. In 2014, he thrilled audiences with a memorable live piano performance for the 1923 silent classic “Metropolis.”

Markus_Horn_Photo_by_Agnes_Woerner_2This year he is back with his original score for one of the most famous silent films of all time, 1922’s “Nosferatu,” the first vampire movie ever made. Opening Night is sponsored by BHE Renewables and Union Bank.
Markus Horn will perform live with the film on Opening Night of the Festival – Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30pm at the Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly campus. To kick the festival off, there will be an Opening Night Party starting at 5:00pm in the new Hollywood & Vines Festival Tent located in downtown San Luis Obispo directly behind the Fremont Theatre.
nosferatuReleased in 1922, “Nosferatu” was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, “vampire” became “Nosferatu” and “Count Dracula” became “Count Orlok”). Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, one print of “Nosferatu” survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.
The Festival will screen a beautifully restored digital print created in 2006, while enjoying state of the art acoustics as Mr. Horn performs the live score on a grand piano next to the movie screen. It’s hard to describe the unique experience of live music with a film – it is truly something not to be missed.
Tickets are a very affordable $20 for general admission, $15 for students and SLO Film Society members, and are available now at the Cal Poly Box office. Only Movie Mogul (full access) passes will be accepted for this Red Carpet Event.