Nosferatu 

Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Boise Art Museum

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If your introduction to vampires was the Twilight series, you might think the nocturnal exsanguinators have personalities. Maybe you think they're sexy, imbued with an aura of dangerous romance, cat eyes and perfect hair. You would be wrong--un-dead wrong. Vampires have fangs. They're the reanimated corpses of actual people that are inhabited by psychopathic demons. As Blade the vampire hunter might say, "some folks are always trying to ice skate uphill."

Here to dispel any misconceptions you might have about these bloodsucking fiends is the Idaho Horror Film Festival. Though the festival proper is coming to the City of Trees in October, the festival organizers, in conjunction with Boise Art Museum, are hosting a screening of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors, Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Boise Art Museum beginning at 5:30 p.m.

F.W. Murnau's treatment of Count Orlok is one of the most iconic representations of the vampire in cinematic history--before his kind was buried beneath campy cliches, this stalking wraith who slept in plague-infested soil and sported two elongated, razor-sharp front teeth, was shambling his way out of the Carpathian Mountains and into the home of the hapless Hutter family.

Because of a lawsuit filed by Bram Stoker's estate, copies of the film were burned and its production company, Prana Film, declared bankruptcy. Only one copy of Nosferatu survived, and the original score by Hans Erdmann was lost. To add luster to the BAM screening, an original composition by musician Sean Dahlman will be performed in its stead.

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