Cinema Serenade 10-28-2012 Vampires, Witches, and Monsters with Stitches

Dracula is perhaps the most photographed story in film history, beginning in 1921 with F.W. Murnau’s  NOSFERATU, followed by Bela Lugosi’s immortal portrayal of the character a decade later for the Universal film directed by Todd Browning.  After the count’s breath-taking box office debut, FRANKENSTEIN was just around the corner, and a blood-curdling Technicolor series of films starring both characters appeared throughout the 50’s and 60’s courtesy of the British Hammer Horror Studio.  DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN were lavishly re-imagined by Francis Ford Coppola in the early 90’s, and featured the heart-stopping and passionate music of Wojiech Kilar and Patrick Doyle, respectively.  As for our covenant of witches, John Williams supplied a fanciful and enchanting score for THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK in 1987, and Bette Midler belts out Screamin’ J Hawkin’s “I Put a Spell On You” in 1993’s HOCUS POCUS.  It’s enough music to shake a broomstick at, or, at the very least, sink your teeth into!

1.) “Carriage without a Driver” from DRACULA (1931)

Music by Philip Glass, performed by Kronos Quartet

2.) “Cry Little Sister” from THE LOST BOYS

Music by Gerard McMann 

3.) “The Creation” from MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN

Music by Patrick Doyle

4.) “The Dance of the Witches” from THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK

Music by John Williams

5.) “I Put A Spell on You” from HOCUS POCUS

performed by Bette Midler, written by Screamin’ J Hawkins

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