Here’s some help getting into the Halloween spirit—the silent movie "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” will be screened Sunday evening at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores. Released in 1920 and starring John Barrymore, the movie has stood the test of time and remains an classic in horror films.
But what will really set this performance apart will be Dorothy Papadakos accompanying the movie on the just renovated pipe organ at the church.
This should be a night to remember.
Before movies had sound, piano and organ provided the mood for a movie, usually with scripted music. Papadakos picks up where those musicians left off, improving the sounds that accompany the movie.
Based on a Robert Louis Stevenson novella published in 1866, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde examines what is the true nature of the human spirit. Is it the kindly, benevolent personality of Dr. Jekyll or the evil, the malevolence, of Mr. Hyde.
What makes this particular movie version so terrifying is Barrymore’s portrayal of the transformation from Jekyll to Hyde. Rather than use makeup or even film editing, Barrymore transforms the character solely through facial expressions and mannerisms.
Presented by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, this is one evening of film horror that will linger well past Halloween.
Tickets are $15 and are available online or at, Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books in Duck, Downtown Books in Manteo, Grays Dept. Store in Kitty Hawk and Sea Green Gallery in Nags Head.