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Germany based estate agent Knock dispatches Hutter, to Count Orlok's
castle in Transylvania as the Count wants to purchase a isolated house
Hutter's trek is an unusual one, with locals not wanting to take him near the castle where strange events have been occurring.
Once at the castle, Hutter does manage to sell the Count a house, but he also notices and feels strange occurrences.
Hutter eventually sees the Count's sleeping chamber in a crypt, and based on a book he has recently read, believes he is really a vampire....
There have been many different incarnations of the Dracula character. Some very faithful, The Hammer version, Coppollas epic, the Frank Langella one, and of course Lugosi, all stand out as very impressive retellings of the story. But for all their impressive tricks and twists on the yarns, none of them are scary.
So its ironic then that the version that had the Stoker clan up in arms, is the most haunting, and visually terrifying version you may ever see.
Yes, the acting, especially Hutter leaves a lot to be desired, but Murnaus eye is wonderful, and Schreck is still the most freakish version of the count. Even though his screen time is little over nine minutes, he makes a real impact.
If you prefer your vampires ala Jackmans Van Helsing, or Dracula 2000, stay away, you won't like it.
An amazing feat, and watch Shadow Of The Vampire straight after, just to make it that little more freaky.
Released in 1922, 'Nosferatu' was, essentially, an unofficial
adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel. Disguising the film under
original names and details, this Dracula story portrays Count Orlok
negotiating a move to Bremen with realtor Thomas Hutter; and like the
plagued-diseased rats of history, the Nosferatu is, naturally, a
harbinger of death; bringing a great darkness with him in as he
obsessively pursues the neck of Hutter's wife.
Masterfully directed, timeless images of the nocturnal blood sucker gravitating through the shadows - as one with the dark will send chills down your spine; uninvintingly locking themselves away in the darker side of your memory. Max Schreck's Count Orlok grotesques all with his rat-like physical demeanor and extending claws; the epitome being the iconic shot of the shadow ascending the stairs. You feel a sense of unexplainable elegance to the shot; not just because of it's iconic status and cultural significance. It is pure Gothic horror; unnerving through it's sheer visual majesty. This is a vampire you won't be accustomed to seeing if you have been a regular viewer of the the shirtless escapades present in the 'Twilight' films. Nosferatu is not exactly heart-warming, buff or sexy. More, a pale stick insect which has just crawled out of a rat hole. Edward Cullen and family like transparent architecture, with their expensive, modern real estate. Nosferatu prefers his abode to be a beautifully haunting, Bavarian castle.
Their is a great charm in seeing one camera techniques pioneered. Film was still a relatively new art-form and 'Nosferatu' pushed that art forward through it's usage and merging of light, subject and camera to create truly oppressive atmosphere. Not even Francis Ford Coppola, or the great Werner Herzog, could create the same sense of mysticism. Could it suggest the invention of sound recording has been a detraction of quality? No, but I certainly can't see how dialogue would have improved the film. It just shows how great Murnau's grasp of the visuals are; his impressionist images effecting audiences for nearly 100 years. Coppola's and Herzog's interpretations of the Dracula myth are both great films in their own right, and there are many more Dracula stories I can watch with certain satisfaction, but non can do what this original vampire movie did: scare me. All the fabulous cinematic innovations that occupy our screens today do nothing in comparison to one inspired performance in 1922 from Max Shreck, playing the physical embodiment of all things foul. For this reason, he takes his rightful place as one of the greatest movie monsters to grace celluloid.
Stoker's heirs sued over 'Nosferatu' and the devastating ruling ordered all copies to be destroyed. But, like the movies iconic monster, it seems the film is immortal. One print survived. Because of that one print, we all have the privilege of indulging ourselves in this classical Gothic pleasure. Which many of us, to our disgrace, have not done. Unless you are a film student, forced to digest and evaluate the importance of a silent movie classic, I doubt you have been casually watching 'Nosferatu' when Halloween comes around. Time has left it behind, but thanks to the Masters of Cinema re-release and the film's triumphant return to cinema's this Halloween with the BFI's Gothic season, it can take it's place on everyone's collection shelf as, not only a historically significant piece of filmmaking, but a great, casual viewing experience that everyone can appreciate.
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This is another film classic I really like; I remember seeing this
literally for the first time at PLU (Pacific Lutheran Univercity) on a
big screen at Olson Auditorium which is the concert hall. We watched
the film while someone played the organ music to correspond with the
scenes in the film. I'll admit it was a fun experience since it was one
of those community gatherings in October. But also Dracula is one of my
favorite fictional foes/monsters and I've seen several versions of
Dracula before, my favorite the Francis Ford Copila version in my book
but this film has a special place in my heart because it was the first
(or one of if any other lost versions of Dracula are found)shot in
bringing Dracula to the visual medium.
There's not a whole lot I can really say about this film, it's pretty straight forward vampire film but done right. The orchastratic score that goes with it is great and fits with the grim dark atmosphere the film has. However it's the visuals in this film are just stunning and to me are what really have made it a classic.
Of course the monster in the film Count Orlok is the star of the film and not hard to see why. That face of his truly is creepy and menacing, the make up work was really impressive and holds up to this day. This vampire is basically a humanoid bat creature, those eyes which look as though they could stare into your soul, pale white skin, big ears, sharp rat teeth, long fingers and nails, and the height of him which almost made him look like a giant. This character was simply a heartless beast whose goal was just to simply suck blood where ever and who ever he can find it. The way this character moves is also creepy because of how strange and varied the speed is, almost like some figure from your nightmares.
But I feel the other star is simply the shadowy enviorment and the shadows that are always around Orlok. They really create a nightmarish dreamlike atmosphere my favorite enviorment set peace was no surprise Orlok's Castle which had all of the best places for shadows, and the look of it was simply menacing, creepy, gritty, which perfectly reflected Orlok's psyche. But also reinforce Orlock as a force of evil, the way he casts his shadow it is constantly growing tall and spreading trying to block out the light completely like a plague trying to spread. This of course gives some memorable visuals like my favorite one of Orlok creeping up the stairs toward a room, or his shadow creeping closer toward someone's bed.
Well there's really nothing more to say, except beware of the shadows.
Rating: 4 stars
F.W. Murnau's unauthorised adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula saw only
one copy survive a court ruling that the film be destroyed. That
solitary copy was thankfully duplicated and distributed worldwide,
giving birth to this legendary silent film. The bare bones of Dracula
are retained here with the narrative but the character names were
changed in the original with vampire being replaced with Nosferatu
while Dracula, Jonathan Harker, Mina and Renfield all saw their names
This is the first silent film I've seen and I was very impressed. Yes, it looks rough and often has glitches but given that it was made in 1922 you have to make concessions. The minimal text doesn't hinder the story and the background music is carefully composed to suit the mood of each scene. The undoubted highlight is Max Shreck as Nosferatu, his appearance akin to a man/rat hybrid, and whether he's rising from a coffin or we are watching his moving shadow against a wall, it is all well filmed and must have been terrifying to audiences upon its release. This is, undoubtedly, a landmark moment in cinema history and definitely one not to be missed.
this film in my opinion is the 2nd best horror film of all time. developed during the German expressionism movement (which was an arts movement that was less concerned with imitating reality and more concerned with using set design to reflect emotion and psychology) Nosferatu utilizes set design and a great score to the fullest. the sets themselves leave a grimy and sinister impression on the viewer. in particular count orlok's castle.. if that place don't give you the creeps i don't know what will. the castle is so dark, cold and old looking it gives off the vibe that nothing of human descent could possibly live there. don't even get me started on Max Schrek.. that guy is the world champion of scary looking men. i can honestly say he has the creepiest performance in a horror film that i've ever seen. this plus amazing direction, some other memorable performances from the cast, brilliant direction and the most in depth telling of Bram Stoker's classic tale of vampirism, makes this movie a true masterpiece of horror cinema. 9.9/10 (the only film to ever come close to the masterpiece that is.. Alfred Hitchcock's psycho)
First time watch one, This is the oldest movie that I have seen now, I have been putting this off a few times as I have never seen Silent movie in full before and I not to keen on Vamps movie.
Yesterday I did try to watch this in early morning before work but I could not get into for some reason , I did turn it off about 20 minutes into the movie.
When I got back from work, I gave it another go in full this time.
For being first Vampire movie, it was really good and some very cool creepy moments in this movie. I loved those shadow scenes.
The vampire it's self was really creepy for time and for a PG movie and I didn't mind the whole reading scenes but when they were writing, I could not make some of handwriting which did bother me also I didn't like how scene were moved very slowly, It kinda of annoying.
I don't think it was intended but I found the chase near the very end very funny and the ending was okay-ish for time.
7 out of 10 it's was really good movie
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I just wouldn't be making my own stuff if it wasn't for this film and I doubt I am alone in that as it's influence is still strong all these years later. A stunning work of visual art, so glad it wasn't actually destroyed when they tried. The use of light and dark, casting shadows in particular is exceptional. Very much an excellent example of the Expressionist movement of it's day. The fact that this film is up for another release almost a century after it was made is testament to it's beauty, influence and artistry. Even with it's deviations from the plot it is still my favorite, if unofficial adaption of Dracula, and likely still my favorite vampire design with it's creepy rodent qualities adding to the unnerving feel of the entire piece.
Even after almost nine decades, F. W. Murnau's film remains a classic of horror cinema. The film contains some genuinely shocking moments, especially when Hutter (Gustav v. Wangenheim) comes to visit Graf Orlok (aka Nosferatu's) lair. Played by Max Schreck, Nosferatu is a genuinely creepy monster; with adept use of - at that time radical - cinematic techniques, director Murnau shows how he can reappear and disappear at will. No one appears to be able to resist him; his demise at the end of the film is mostly due to hubris - the belief that he is somehow indestructible. MOSFERATU also contains some memorable images: the rats moving in and around Nosferatu's coffin; the plague-ridden street, with coffins coming out of various doors; the lonely dog-cart moving slowly across a desolate landscape towards Nosferatu's castle. The version I saw had been recently restores (2010), with a new score and the original German title-cards (with English translations). Happily enough, the translations do not attempt to popularize the film by renaming Nosferatu Dracula.
Nosferatu is one of the most influential horror movies ever made, and
many movies own a lot to it, even it they don't know it.
Even if Nosferatu isn't Original (More or less stolen from Dracula), it's still worth a watch and set the less popular image of a monster vampire instead of the other often handsome vampire (who own a lot to Stoker and Bela Lugosi).
If you want a movie that still have the roots in German expressionism with out going nuts with it, this is the movie of it, there's scenes that keeps it pure, like shadows and certain camera angels, but unlike Doctor Caligari, I don't feel like it's go to the surreal.
I don't think there's any need to summarize the plot since many people above me done it before. But i want to give huge credit to Max Schreck for the role of Orlok, he and Lugosi are the best actors when it comes to Dracula. I would also want to give credit to Alexander Granach, he made Renfield / Knock feel very alive, even 91 years later.
If you watch this movie, turn down the lights, grab a drink, and just relax and let this creepy movie eat you, i would recommend watching many different editions of this movie, since the different musical scores give a different exercise.
An unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula but the most influential among all the vampire films ever made, Nosferatu is an eerie, creepy, Gothic & haunting masterpiece that may not look frightening from today's standards but its chilling atmosphere can still rival the best of what modern film industry has to offer. A silent horror that benefits greatly from a brilliantly written screenplay that was then superbly executed on screen by its classy direction, brilliant use of expressionism from its cast, especially Max Schreck as vampire Count Orlok, innovative cinematography & editing, exceptionally haunting music as well as beautiful use of its uncanny locations. Almost a century has passed since this film first came out & it holding strong even today is a result of strong cult following, strength & visual appeal of this motion picture. On an overall scale, Nosferatu is one of the finest work of art & probably one of the most important events in cinema history that commenced the effective horror genre while also slightly altering the legacy of vampire myths.
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