F.W. Murnau’s 1922 vampire horror film Nosferatu is one of the greatest expressionist films of the silent film era. An unauthorized retelling of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, the film introduced the world to Count Orlok, played by Max Schreck, and went on to become one of the highest regarded horror films since cinema began.
One of the issues with the film’s age is that much associated with it has been lost due to various reasons, one of the biggest reasons being that Stoker’s estate sued and the court ruled that all copies of the film had to be destroyed, of which only a few copies survived. Another loss the film has suffered was the original score from composer Hans Erdmann, which was meant to be played by a live orchestra during screenings.
As a result, several composers have written their own scores over the years and one of the most famous and renowned is from Hammer Horror composer James Bernard, whose score was used for the Tanis Film reissue in 1997. The score made its world premiere at the London Film Festival the same year and was performed by Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
It is that score that Silva Screen Records is reissuing on 2xLP transparent red vinyl on October 28th, just in time for Halloween!
As of now, we’ve only heard this information being announced. No further details have been released but we’ll be keeping an eye out.