Directed by: F. W. Murnau
Screenplay by: Henrik Galeen
Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Ruth Landshoff, Wolfgang Heinz
Released: March 1922
A classic from the early days of cinema, Nosferatu is a loose adapation to Bram Stoker‘s novel Dracula and pre-dates the Bela Lugosi – Tod Browning film by almost 10 years. Surprisingly, although I have read about and studied this film, I had never actually seen it…until recently. It is a remarkable achievement given the era it was produced. Count Orlock, menacingly played by Max Shreck, is just completely creepy looking. The director, F.W. Murnau, beautifully shoots the film in a manner where lights and shadows are virtually a character in the film as well. Strangely enough, many of the tropes developed in future American Vampire films borrowed heavily from this post-war German film.
Not so much terrifying as it is sinister and creepy, Nosferatu is a pretty good classic horror movie. Max Schreck’s Count Orlock is so weird looking, that it’s hard to keep your eyes off him at times throughout the picture. The use of light and shadow become just as menacing and eerie as the Vampyre himself. Although incredibly tame by modern standards, the movie is a must-see for any true Horror Movie Historian.
3 pasty white long thumbs out of 5
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