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October 25, 2012

Halloween on parade: Parties, hauntings all part of local scene

Parties, hauntings all part of local Halloween scene

There are parties and parades for children, a haunted castle for the more adventurous, and two special silent film events, both accompanied by live music in the days ahead, as Cape Ann offers Halloween events for residents of all ages,.

Topping the weekend bill is a film presentation Saturday at St. John’s Church in Gloucester, which will show the 1920 classic film “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” accompanied by Peter Kransinksi on organ, and a Rockport Music presentation of “Nosferatu” (1922) — based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula — which will be accompanied with an original score.

Rockport Music presents a masterpiece of early film with “Nosferatu” on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

This film will be accompanied with a score by Boston composer Brendan Cooney, which will be performed by a quintet at the waterfront music hall. “Nosferata” tells the tale of real estate clerk Thomas Hutter who falls prey to the mysterious, blood-sucking customs of Count Orlok in Transylvania.

The quintet will play Gypsy grooves, avant-garde textures, classic horror effects and more.

“A clarinet moans hauntingly as the vampire rises from his coffin, an accordion swells as the protagonist peers through a dark doorway, a piano crashes, violins shriek, and lots of necks are bitten,” according to a press release.

The evening ends with the slap-stick comedy of Buster Keaton’s 1920 film “One Week,” featuring newlyweds Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely who take on a build-your-own house project only to be foiled by a jilted suitor who secretly renumbers the packing crates. Tickets are $20 general admission.

For more information, visit www.rockportmusic.org and www.notsosilentcinema.com.

Silent Movie Night

at St. John’s

St. John’s Church at 48 Middle St. in Gloucester, meanwhile, welcomes back organist Peter Krasinski for his ninth appearance accompanying a silent movie on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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