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'Nosferatu,' 'The Exorcist' to Haunt California Theatre of the Performing Arts

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Two of the spookiest and scariest movies ever made, the silent film classic “Nosferatu” and the 1973 William Friedkin directed “The Exorcist,” will be screened Oct 15 in the California Theatre of the Performing Arts.

“ Nosferatu,” accompanied by Robert Salisbury on the theater’s Mighty Wurlitzer Style 216 Theatre Organ, will be shown at 2 p.m. “The Exorcist” will screen at 6 p.m.

The movies are presentations by the City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency.

Tickets to each show are $7-$15, available at ww.ticketmaster.com, www. livenation.com, or the theater box office at (909) 885-5152.

“Nosferatu” is considered the greatest silent horror film ever made. The 1922 German film is the earliest surviving screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel “Dracula.”

The horror film centers on vampire Count Orlok, who expresses an interest in an old, forbidding castle as well as a beautiful woman. Directed by F. W. Murnau and written by Henrik Galeen, it stars Max Schreck, Greta Schroder and Ruth Landdshoff.

“Nosferatu” is considered to be a masterpiece of Expressionism with its unique creation of mood and setting, and use of negative film, double exposures and a variety of camera special effects, as well as the chilling performance of Schreck as Count Oriok.

Noted film critic Pauline Kael said, “... this first important film of the vampire genre has more spectral atmosphere, more ingenuity, and more imaginative ghoulish ghastliness than any of its successors.”

Organist Salisbury will accompany the film on the California Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer Style 216 Theatre Organ, one of only three working Wurlitzer Opus 216 pipe organs in the world. The historic organ is one of a very few in Southern California, and the only one in San Bernardino and Riverside counties still in its original theater home. Silent film/organ concerts are held several times each year in the theater.

“The Exorcist,” adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Blatty,” is about the demonic possession of a young girl and her mother’s attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism by two Catholic priests.

The film, which starred Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller and Linda Blair as the young girl, was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning two (for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay).

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