Kid Dracula

Radiohead-Nosferatu Mash Returns to Cineforum

Those who like their movie-going experiences to be a little more multi-media would be advised to head over to Cineforum on Monday night. The theatre is screening The Darkside of Oz and Kid Dracula, mash-ups of the classic films the Wizard of Oz and Nosferatu with the music of Pink Floyd and Radiohead respectively.

Even the most straight laced college student has attempted a DIY mash-up of the Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon at home. But Kid Dracula, which synchs the 1922 flick with songs from the Brit-rockers OK Computer and Kid A albums adds a new twist to the equation. Watching the Wizard of Oz without the dialogue requires familiarity with the storyline. Pink Floyd's music recontextualizes the entire film. Nosferatu is a silent film driven by exposition and dialogue written on title cards. Adding modern music probably won't distract from the narrative and will enhance the experience rather than manipulate it.

I've never seen Nosferatu in its original form or in its Kid Dracula incarnation, but the choice of soundtrack seems apt for what's still considered one creepy vampire flick. (check out Shadow of the Vampire, a fictional making of Nosferatu where the always weird Willem DaFoe ups the icky factor as a real life vampire hired to play the title character). And while it is less than a decade old, Kid A especially still feels and sounds icy and distant, leaving organic flourishes lurking in the shadows between the electronic blips and bleeps.

Kid Dracula plays at Cineforum July 21 and 28 at 9 pm.


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