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One of my favorite vampires films of all time is the very first one ever made, 1922's F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, which features an insanely creepy vampire by the name of Count Orlock. Murnau originally wanted to make an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but the Stoker estate shut him down, so he basically made his own unauthorized version of the story. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to check it out. It’s a beautifully terrifying film.
Director David Lee Fisher wants to do what he calls a “remix” of the movie, which will star none other than Doug Jones, who you know from films such as Hellboy, The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Pan's Labyrinth, to play Count Orlack. According to Jones, this is a role that he has always wanted to play, and there’s no doubt that he would be amazing. »
- Joey Paur
Directed by Robert Wiene
In the period of Germany’s Weimar Republic, a unique and volatile pre- and post-war era within a window of less than 20 years, the German people were experiencing a torrent of new ideological, social, and political shifts. What was once traditional and normal was giving way to the modern and unusual. What was typically viewed as quintessentially German was now being inundated by outside influences, by strange and foreign people and their imported cultural baggage. Whether or not these elements were as directly and obviously portrayed in movies as some like Siegfreid Kracauer and Lotte Eisner would argue (quite convincingly in many ways), there can be little doubt that film was influenced to one degree or another by this state of the German populous. The times were surely changing, and in no film »
- Jeremy Carr
Robert Eggers appears to be soaked in horror, noir fairy-tale lore. His Filmmaker Magazine 25 New Faces profile over at Filmmaker Mag informs us that the final October weekend that just passed would have been an event for the Brooklyn based prod designer. For his previous outings as a director, he turned to Hansel and Gretel and Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart for his short form debuts and created an original stage adaptation of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. A Sundance Institute Cinereach Feature Film Fellow, The Witch (formerly titled “The Witch of New Canaan Woode”) was shot this past April/May in slightly north of the border – Ontario seconds for a circa 1630-looking New England in this pic.
Gist: 1630s. Sam, a newborn baby, has disappeared without a trace. William’s eldest daughter, Thomasin, 14, has become idle and temperamental. Caleb, 12, often wantonly glances at Thomasin and believes he hears the voice of God. »
- Eric Lavallee
It amazes me to this very day that there haven’t been more remakes of the much revered and often imitated classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of the Night. The 1921 F.W. Murnau film still holds its own as one of the… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »
- Andre Soares
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, ghost movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re talking about vampire movies. The Twilight franchise may now be the first films that come to mind when the subject turns to vampire flicks—for better (Eclipse) or worse (anything before Eclipse). But even if you unapologetically enjoy those movies, »
- Mandi Bierly
Reviewed by Grace Fontaine
Directed by F.W Murnau
In all confidence, I feel it is safe to say that you are not a vampire fan if you have not seen, what is considered to be the grand-sire of vampire films, 'Nosferatu', a silent German Expression film directed by the visionary F.W Murnau. Nine years before Bela Lugosi became synonymous with the character of Dracula thanks to Universal, it was Max Schreck who was seen as the face of terror, and for God forsaken good reason.
Personally, I feel writing this review is highly redundant considering how well known and universally appreciated it is, honestly, what is there that I can say that will be any different? I got absolutely nothing to say that would do this film justice, »
Our friends at Filmmaker Iq have published a fun and informative lesson that’s perfect for the spooky season. "The History of Horror" takes us from the roots of the genre dating back to the earliest days of cinema right on up to current trends. The video starts with gothic horror inspired by the “old castle on a dark and stormy night” tales made popular by Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelley. Horror’s silent era was a time of firsts, largely due to filmmaking still being a new medium. Expressionist horror stories prized stylized sets over realism — a reflection of a character's psychological interior (Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). The Universal horror cycle of the 1930s and beyond introduced us to a menagerie of...
- Alison Nastasi
Look at those monsters! Look familiar? It’s the We Are Movie Geeks gang getting ready for Halloween courtesy of Geek/Artist Jim Batts!
Speaking of our favorite holiday, it’s that time of year to dust off the horror DVDs and watch your favorite horror films. But what if you don’t have a big DVD collection? Well, there’s always Netflix – watch them now! I went through the Netflix streaming list of horror flicks and here’s what I came up with for the ten best horror movies that you can watch tonight…without leaving the house!
10. “The Legend of Hell House” (1973): An effectively spooky thriller from 1973 about a team of paranormal experts confronting ghosts in a haunted mansion is a prime example of how what you don’t see is often much more unnerving than what you do.
9. “Nosferatu” (1922): If you think a movie over 90-years-old can’t be scary, »
- Tom Stockman
This coming Friday will see big-screen showings of three of horror cinema’s most highly regarded works. F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) will screen Friday evening at Loew’s Jersey City theatre in Jersey City, NJ on Friday, October 24 at 8:15 pm.
On Saturday, October 25, James Whale’s Frankenstein will screen at 6:30 pm. This will be followed at 8:15 pm with a screening of The Haunting, Robert Wise’s 1963 black and white film version … Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
” Is this your wife? What a lovely throat!”
There’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by live music and I’d go as far as saying there’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. And I’ll go even farther by saying that there’s nothing better than the 1922 silent spooker Nosferatu accompanied by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra which is an event that will be taking place Friday night, October 24th at The St. Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Dr, St Louis, Mo 63110 – Forest Park) beginning at 8pm.
Admission Is Free !!!
I’ve seen Nosferatu with live music before and have even shown a 25-minute cut of the film at my monthly Super-8 Movie Madness show with live keyboard accompaniment (by the talented Linda Gurney), but seeing the full-length version one week before Halloween on the big screen »
- Tom Stockman
Surprisingly effective, the latest iteration of the Dracula legacy seeks to rebuild vampire-movie mythology by going back to the beginning. First published in 1897, Bram Stoker's novel inspired F.W. Murnau's unofficial adaptation Nosferatu in 1922, which then sparked a series of stage plays, one of which served as the more direct source for Tod Browning's Dracula in 1931. That movie entranced moviegoers with a startling vision of an elegant, bloodsucking vampire, following in the footsteps of earlier horror productions from Universal Studios. Though it plays somewhat flat and dry today, it established characters -- and character traits -- that Universal copied in subsequent editions, establishing a fair portion of the monster movie mythology that it is now seeking to reboot. Serving as a prologue --...
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Dracula Untold bites the UK box office this week, but are we reaching vampire overload, James wonders...
Drac is back (in, erm, black, but we're not going to crank AC/DC because it's cliché, it's anachronistic in this medieval setting and it might be mistaken as a reference to Iron Man). If you go to your local cinema this weekend you can see Dracula Untold which has Luke Evans vamping it up as the latest incarnation of the most infamous bloodsucker in cultural history.
Once the movie has been seen the title should be changed to 'Dracula Told' because then it won't be a story 'Untold' but, ah, I digress. The important thing to know is that audiences are going to get to enjoy a new movie expanding the Dracula mythos and this one has a lot to offer cinemagoers getting into the horror mindset in the Halloween month.
Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.
We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.
Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.
Available October 1
Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."
"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)
Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »
- Tim Hayne
In the interests of full disclosure, I will admit that I am a big fan of vampires. By vampires, I mean proper vampires: blood-sucking Nosferatus with pallid skin and bloody fangs whose ultimate goal is to create an army of the undead, or something like that. As a result, I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt to almost any new attempt to tell a vampire story. But with the upcoming Dracula Untold looking more and more like Underworld Redux, it’s a bit of a struggle even for me.
Dracula Untold is not, as might be hoped, the true story of Vlad Tepes, the Romanian ruler whose reputation as “Vlad the Impaler” partially inspired author Bram Stoker to create his famous vampire. No, Dracula Untold is a vampire movie about how Vlad transforms into a bloodsucker in order to keep the peace in Transylvania and stop Mehmet »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Count Orlok’s body rises out of the coffin at an impossibly straight angle, swinging up without the slightest bend in the knees or exertion of muscles. This iconic scene epitomizes the inhuman horror inherent in F.W. Murnau’s masterful 1922 silent film, Nosferatu, based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula, and Sleep Terror Clothing is paying tribute to the vampire and his coffin with a new shirt.
Sleep Terror’s “Nosferatu” T-shirt is now available for $26.00 and comes in sizes Small – Extra Large. We have a few looks at the shirt below, and you can learn more about Sleep Terror by visiting:
“A tribute to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Nosferatu strikes fear into the hearts of the living and feeds on the blood of the innocent. The horror t-shirt is printed on a black 100% cotton American Apparel t-shirt.”
About Sleep Terror:
“Sleep Terror is an independent »
- Derek Anderson
True Blood’s final season ended last week, and many lamented the close of their favourite sex-filled vampire saga. Sookie and co. might have vanished into the sunlight of True Blood’s end last month, but that doesn’t mean the blood-sucking undead lovelies that are vampires have to disappear from your life completely.
Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula has been adapted into film more than any other original work, and that’s not even counting the endless variations on the classic vampire story that have been produced under different names and auspices. We’re pretty well familiar with a great deal of vampire films, from F.W. Murnau’s unofficial adaptation Nosferatu and Francis Coppola’s ’90s Dracula to less well-regarded but equally infamous efforts like the Twilight series and Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire.
But before you scour the DVD shelves for the old favourites »
- Mark Allen
Let me tell ya, creeps, nothin’ gets the ol’ Xiii’s motor hummin’ quite like a fright flick that is more akin to a fever dream than one of yer more pedestrian linear narratives. And for my money (roughly equivalent to $1.32 Us cash and a third party, out of state, presumably bad check for $16.45), no one does it better than Director Dante Tomaselli! So, before we begin our regularly scheduled revoltin’ reviews (this week featuring Varsity Blood, Jersey Shore Massacre and The Possession Of Michael King) and other assorted jackanappery, let’s check in with ol’ Dante to see what bats stir in his belfry of the damned!
Famous Monsters. Since Famous Monsters is a monster mag of world renown (besides being a website full o’ great guys gals and ghouls), what putrid periodicals did you enjoy in yer frightful formative years?
Dante Tomaselli. Creepy and Eerie were sold at »
Director: F.W. Murnau
Running Time: 107 minutes
The most marvelous thing about revisiting films of the silent era is that you are exposed to films where the visuals take precedent and yet character and plot are not sacrificed. Faust, one of the many classics from Nosferatu director F.W. Murnau, takes the famous German folktale and presents it as spectacle and really pushes the boundaries of what films were capable of.
The story sees a demon, Mephisto (Jannings), wager that he can corrupt the soul of a mortal, Faust (Ekman). From there, the film looks at the hardships of humans and whether faith is possible in the darkest of times. Murnau does an excellent job of visualising temptation, whether it be for love or youth, and this stirring »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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