Viola Dana making scary movie sounds: Fremantle Festival

Perth band Viola Dana contribute music to new and old films, including horror classic Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror.
Perth band Viola Dana contribute music to new and old films, including horror classic Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror.

FORGET the frightening delight of Halloween, November 1 is when the really scary stuff goes down in Fremantle.

Local band Viola Dana will be premiering their new soundtrack for the silent horror film Nosferatu live at Luna on SX as part of the Fremantle Festival.

Adapted from the famous Bram Stoker novel Dracula, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror might be 93 years old, but Viola Dana member Kathy Corecig said it remained one of the most influential films in the horror genre.

“The fairly rudimentary visual effects by today’s standards seem to lend a greater degree of eeriness to the film than something slick and realistic, and the themes of fear of the unknown and of contamination are universal and everlasting,” she said.

“The rich and soulful combination of the cello, viola, guitar and drums that makes up Viola Dana’s sound naturally lends itself to illuminating Nosferatu’s dark and brooding imagery.

“However, as a band that have worked solely on comedic films to date, we’re forever trying to look for ways to musically bring in a bit of light-hearted perspective where it works.”

The screening of Nosferatu is on November 1 from 7pm at Luna on SX. Tickets start from $20 at www.lunapalace.com.au.