Mon­ster mash-up

The sixth an­nual screen­ing and live score re­turns with 1925’s The Mon­ster.

The Coast - - ARTS - BY BRAN­DON YOUNG

A Spooky Night at the Movies

Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 7:30pm Bethany United Church, 7171 Clin­ton Av­enue $5-$30 For tick­ets: 902-445-0521

ASpooky Night at the Movies, an an­nual silent hor­ror film screen­ing hosted by Bethany United Church, is back for its sixth in­stall­ment—this year it serves up 1925’s hor­ror clas­sic The Mon­ster.

Or­gan­ist Shawn Whynot, the event’s creator, says on top of be­ing an en­ter­tain­ingly novel way to get into the Hal­loween spirit, this event has his­tor­i­cal and ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­ties. “I tend to look for sig­nif­i­cant films when de­cid­ing what to screen,” says Whynot. “The

Mon­ster was a defin­ing film for the spooky-house genre and was also one of the first movies to fea­ture a mad sci­en­tist as the main char­ac­ter.”

An or­gan per­for­mance grad­u­ate of West­min­ster Choir Col­lege, Whynot was in­spired to cre­ate his own event af­ter fre­quent­ing weekly silent movie nights while study­ing in New Jer­sey. “I knew it was nos­tal­gia, but I thought it was a neat con­cept for a live mu­si­cian to ac­com­pany a silent movie,” he says.

And the nos­tal­gia fac­tor has been quite the hit. A Spooky Night at the Movies has at­tracted 300 to 400 at­ten­dees an­nu­ally since be­gin- ning in 2012, treat­ing au­di­ences to scares, laughs and an en­tire film’s length worth of or­gan mu­sic—some­thing many don’t of­ten hear out­side of church spa­ces. This year’s mu­si­cal ac­com­pa­ni­ment in­cludes gen­res such as clas­si­cal, rag­time and even mod­ern pop, but Whynot isn’t giv­ing away too many sur­prises.

Ul­ti­mately, while hor­ror movies from the silent era might not be as scary when com­pared to their mod­ern-day big-bud­get coun­ter­parts, Whynot says they of­fer an en­tirely unique and im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence he hopes at­ten­dees will en­joy. “Part of the fun is au­di­ences us­ing their imag­i­na­tions to fill in the miss­ing gap of the di­a­logue,” he says. “This is where movies be­gan. It’s his­toric, nos­tal­gic and very en­ter­tain­ing.”

CHRISTIE CHISHOLM

Whynot pro­vides a live score as the movie screens.

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