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October 21, 2011 > HobGoblin in Niles

HobGoblin in Niles

Submitted By Rena Dein

Silent films talking? What has happened? A musician and film maker Strephon Taylor has paired two impressionistic German silent horror classics with new musical soundtracks and - shudder to think - voices in place of title cards and sound effects. He did want to make sure that the sound would be authentic for the films so he engaged actors with German accents to do the voiceovers. These films will be shown at the Edison Theater, home of the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum at 37417 Niles Blvd in Fremont, on Sunday, October 23 at a 4:00 p.m. matinee. $6 for museum members and $8 non-members.

"Nosferatu" is the world's first vampire film, a classic German Expressionist film based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. Don't expect to see blood, gore or vampires that tween girls swoon over. Instead prepare for a psychological thriller starring German actor Max Schreck as Count Orlok, a decrepit creature with a bald-head, pointed ears, rat-like front teeth and elongated fingernails; a believable portrayal of living death.

The second film of this double feature is "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', considered one of the most influential German Expressionist films and greatest horror movies of the silent era. This movie is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema. The deranged Dr. Caligari and his faithful sleepwalking Cesare are connected to a series of murders in a German mountain village. Caligari introduces the main narrative using a frame story in which most of the plot is presented as a flashback, as told by Francis.

Strephon Taylor and his HobGoblin crew have Þnished their sophomore effort after last year's "Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horrors". The band has grown and learned a ton from the Þrst release. This time they tackle the "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." The new soundtrack took almost exactly one year to complete and will be released as a "full sound" DVD and standalone CD on November Fire Recordings (www.novemberÞ

"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is a bit more "industrial" music style and you might Þnd some heavy "trance" moments tucked inside as well. It was a natural progression from "Nosferatu" and a new challenge for HobGoblin. These films showing feature "full sound" meaning that it has a new soundtrack with all dialog and sound effects added, while the second version (available on the DVD that will be for sale at the event) are very rare German film prints with just the new soundtrack and title cards. The members of the band remain the same including members of Skinlab, Forbidden, Neurosis, Sacrilege BC, Claymation Horror Show, and Re:Ignition, all hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Saturday, Oct 23
4 p.m.
Edison Theater, Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
(510) 494-1411 or (510) 796-1940
$6 for museum members
$8 non-members

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