DENVER (KDVR) – This month, one of Denver’s most historic movie theaters is bringing back a classical horror film in two 100-year anniversary screenings of “Nosferatu” with live musical accompaniment. The events usher in a season of big-screen vintage spooky flicks being shown throughout the city.

The Landmark Mayan, located at 110 Broadway, is screening the original vintage film at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 27. The Oct. 13 event sold out with a 400-seat capacity and many dressed up in costume for the occasion.

It’s a year of anniversaries in the horror flick world. At the same time as “Nosferatu” has an anniversary, Denver Metro’s United Artists Pavilions and AMC Westminster Promenade this season features the 30-Year Anniversary of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” The 1992 flick was star-studded by actors Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins, among others. Harkins Theatre locations in Northfield and Arvada also are both planning this Oct. 28th to screen the 40-year anniversary of the original “Poltergeist.”

Of “Nosferatu,” managers at the Landmark Mayan said in a statement: “Subtitled ‘A Symphony of Horror’ and shot in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania and in Germany, director F.W. Murnau’s unauthorized version of Bram Stoker’s classic novel ‘Dracula’ is considered by many to be the greatest vampire of all time.”

Additionally, the film is set to feature a fresh original live score from Denver’s own Quarkestra Orchestra.

It’s a month of anniversaries of some of the most coveted horror flicks as the movie “Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula'” celebrates 30 years and the horror flick “Poltergeist” meets its 40th birthday since first scaring crowds.

The Denver Silent Film festival has screened “Nosferatu” to sold-out crowds before at the Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake. Vintage films such as “Casablanca” on Valentine’s Day have also seen similar sold-out crowds at the Sie Film Center.

The story behind “Nosferatu” is of some controversy going down the film ages as it is considered the unauthorized version of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”

Says film.com, even with many details seemingly altered, “Stoker’s widow sued, successfully, for copyright infringement, and the court ordered that all copies of “Nosferatu” be destroyed.

“Like its title character, though, the movie was hard to kill,” stated film.com. “A few prints survived, and the film eventually resurfaced, gaining admirers who appreciated all that had happened in the world of horror films (and vampire films specifically) since 1922.”

Vintagenews.com said of the situation, “Luckily, a few copies of the film survived and were already sent overseas. They were shelved in the United States for seven years and waited for their American premiere.”

The Landmark Mayan movie house plans on holding two screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” on Oct. 25, one showing of “The Lost Boys” on Oct. 4 and one of the “The Hunger” on Oct. 11.

Several other arthouses and mainstream movie theaters in the Denver area are bringing back some vintage horror films, such as Alamo Drafthouse in Westminster screening the 1992 “Candyman” slasher film. Also, the Sie Film Center is participating with “Amityville Horror” on Oct. 23 and 25, several versions, including cultural, of “Dracula” movies and the 1931 “Frankenstein” on Oct. 25 as part of its extensive list of horror films this month.

The United Artist Pavilions brings back “Dawn of the Dead,” the 1978 “Halloween” and the 30-year anniversary of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” AMC Westminster Promenade plans also on the 30-year anniversary of Stoker’s “Dracula” and several versions of “Halloween.” Meanwhile, the historic Esquire has “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

The Alamo Drafthouse at Sloans Lake features among numerous in the genre this month:

  • “Nightmare on Elm Street”
  • “The Crow”
  • “Scream”
  • “The Guest”
  • “The Lost Boys”
  • and the original “Psycho.”