by Margaret Chrystall
FANCY dress is optional when Inverness Film Fans screen a silent horror movie classic perfect for Halloween at Eden Court Cinema tomorrow (Friday) at 8pm.
Based on an ancient Scandinavian legend, The Phantom Carriage was made in 1921 and tells the story of David Holm, a selfish, drunken man who must repent past deeds before the clock strikes 12.
If he doesn’t, he will lose his soul and be doomed to take the reins of death’s chariot.
With ground-breaking early special effects, the film will come with live piano from the internationally-known silent film accompanist Stephen Horne.
The ghost story is directed by actor and director Victor Sjöström who headed for Hollywood after making mvoies that see him now thought of as one of the great pioneers of Swedish cinema.
The Phantom Carriage is considered his finest film, a silent classic rarely seen in the UK.
And the film fans’ group points out that as well as the special effects, it’s worth looking out for "Julius Jaenzon’s otherworldly multi-exposure cinematography".
Inverness Film Fans' special silent film and live music event The Phantom Carriage for Halloween is on at Eden Court Cinema on Friday, (Octo31) at 8pm featuring internationally-renowned silent film accompanist Stephen Horne. Fancy dress is optional. For ticket information: wwww.eden-court.co.uk and box office: 01463 234234