The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


ENCORE!  Join us for an encore screening of F.W. Murnau’s highly influential silent horror film Nosferatu, presented alongside a pre-recorded live-score composed and performed just for this special screening, a project assembled by one of our most dedicated supporters, Laura Vasquez of Horrible Imaginings Film Festival!

Written and performed by longtime musical collaborators Dave Taylor (Guitarist, sound engineer and filmmaker), Kevin Yip (Bass player, visual artist and all-around fun lord) and Guillermo de la Rosa (Drummer, writer, filmmaker), this new score applies three years of artistic collaboration to invoke a score that re-contextualizes Murnau’s masterwork, while also underlining the timeless, sinister soul of it’s iconic villain.  As fans of classic horror cinema, and avid consumers of desert rock, 80’s synth scores and post-rock, the Toronto-based musicians agreed to stick to these influences as the main tenets in their rescoring of Nosferatu, employing loose and intentional improvisations to accompany different points in the story. Audience members will be able to watch their live performance play out on a corner of our screen, alongside Murnau’s tale of terror!

Based on the classic novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, Nosferatu stars Max Schreck as the mysterious Count Orlok, who summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). As Orlok’s servant Knock prepares a new home for his master, Orlok reveals his vampire nature to Hutter, who struggles to escape the castle and save Ellen from impending danger…

“I’ve always wanted to rescore a horror movie classic to stimulate imagination and provide a different flavor to a film. When COVID hit last year, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pursue such a project to engage artists and our communities during such a dreadful time. When I think of communities coming together, I think of The Frida Cinema.” – Laura Vasquez

PLUS! Stick around after the show for a screening of the Q&A we held with the musicians after last month’s original screening!