The Projectionist‘s presence on the site reminded me of a time when, before the glory days of VHS, our film projector was the bringer of dreams in our house.
I’d gleefully set up a make-shift theater by taking out and rolling down the projection screen (or just use the fridge door) and spool one of my dozen Super 8 reels for some selective entertainment, in a darkened room.
It was my first encounter with Stoker’s story of the prince of darkness.
I’d seen The Count teach numerics on Sesame Street, but Bela Lugosi was the real deal.
Here’s a digitized version uploaded on YouTube, thanks to 2reelers.
This video is from a sound edition, but turn down the speakers and, instead, imagine the whirring motor and clicking reels filling the air, as you seem to hear imperceptible screams from the victims and delight in that hint of madness.
Then you get the idea.
Other days the keys are locked in the castle.
But the next day is just a reset switch away.
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