Vampire film haunts Irvine on Halloween night

Move over “Phantom of the Opera.” This Halloween, vampires rule.

In a new twist to Penn’s annual Halloween concert tradition, vampire Count Orlok will assume this year’s frightening duties on Monday, Oct. 31, at 7:15 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium. The 1922 German classic movie “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,” an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” will be the featured presentation.

The silent film, directed by F. W. Murnau, will be accompanied by a musical score performed by famed organist Peter Edwin Krasinski on Irvine’s 10,731-pipe Curtis Organ.

“Krasinski is an internationally acclaimed improvisational organist who specializes in the art of live silent film accompaniment,” says Kristine Werez, manager for the Perelman Quadrangle, which oversees Irvine Auditorium events.

Empire Magazine listed “Nosferatu” at No. 21 on its “100 Best Films Of World Cinema” list, calling the film “the original vampire movie, before the clichés and the camp sunk their fangs into the genre.” Max Schreck stars as the evil Count Orlov.

For the past two years, Irvine has screened the 1925 silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” on Halloween, complete with Krasinski’s pipe organ accompaniment, reviving a 25-year tradition that was halted in 1997 when Perelman Quad underwent renovations.

Werez says they decided to break with tradition this year in order to capitalize on the popularity of vampire films like the “Twilight” series and television’s “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries.”

“Vampires are really popular right now and students in particular seem to enjoy vampire movies,” she says.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, visit