“Don’t-miss event” is an overused phrase, but in this case, it’s true for movie fans. On Oct. 11, the North Park Theatre is hosting two extraordinary silent horror films. There will be live scores performed by the Austin band The Invincible Czars for both films.
Starting the event at 7 p.m. is the rare opportunity to see the 1920 John Barrymore version of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Barrymore, who was splitting his time between the stage and screen at the time, eschews his good looks to transform himself into the monstrous Hyde.
In fact, the initial moments of his transformation into Hyde are done without any special makeup or film effects. Instead, Barrymore's body violently convulses. His lips purse as he dramatically draws his facial features so tightly together that they contort into a mask. It's chilling and a testament to Barry's acting prowess.
Following at 9:30 p.m. is the seasonal favorite, F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece “Nosferatu.”
This creepy and atmospheric nod to the vampire legend features Max Schreck as Count Orlok - he of the nightmarish rat-like features and long spindly fingers. If you only know "Nosferatu" from the 1979 remake, treat yourself to the original.
The cost is $15 for one film; $20 for both.