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The Haunted Castle (1921)

Schloß Vogelöd (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 7 April 1921 (Germany)
In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first ... See full summary »

Director:

F.W. Murnau

Writers:

Rudolf Stratz (novel), Carl Mayer (adaptation)
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Complete credited cast:
Arnold Korff ... von Vogelschrey - Schlossherr auf Vogeloed
Lulu Kyser-Korff Lulu Kyser-Korff ... Centa V. Vogelschrey - von Vogelschrey's Frau (as L. Kyser-Korff)
Lothar Mehnert Lothar Mehnert ... Graf Johann Oetsch (as Lotar Mehnert)
Paul Hartmann ... Graf Peter Paul Oetsch
Paul Bildt Paul Bildt ... Baron Safferstätt
Olga Tschechowa ... Baronin Safferstätt
Victor Bluetner Victor Bluetner ... Der Pater Faramund (as Victor Blütner)
Hermann Vallentin ... Der Landgerichtsrat a.D.
Julius Falkenstein ... Der ängstliche Herr
Robert Leffler Robert Leffler ... Der Haushofmeister
Walter Kurt Kuhle Walter Kurt Kuhle ... Ein Diener (as Walter Kurt-Kuhle)
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In the castle Vogeloed, a few aristocrats are awaiting baroness Safferstätt. But first count Oetsch invites himself.. Everyone thinks he murdered his brother, baroness Safferstat's first husband, three years ago. So he is rather undesirable. But Oetsch stays; arguing he is not the murderer and will find the real one... Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The movie was shot in 16 days and released before the serialized novel's last chapter had been printed in the "Berliner Illustrierten". See more »

Alternate Versions

The National Film Museum, Inc. had Hypercube, llc, New York City, digitally restore the movie and provide English with the German intertitles. It has a piano music score composed and performed by Douglas M. Protsik and runs 74 minutes. See more »

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It's him!
21 November 2002 | by cairnsdavidSee all my reviews

Afraid I found this a little stagey. I know it's very EARLY Murnau, and I wouldn't expect the flash and wallop of DER LASZT MANN, but without either expressionist stylisation or nifty camerawork, my attention wandered a bit......but I was brought back to full wakefullness by the appearance of what looks like Max Schreck's Graf Orlock from NOSFERATU - or at least his hand. A sinister taloned hand reaching through a window in a bizarre dream sequence, accompanied by a billowing curtain of the kind soon to cross the atlantic with Paul Leni for THE CAT AND THE CANARY and to appear, a few years later in James Whale's THE OLD DARK HOUSE. And I should add that the scary dream is followed by an equally freaky comedy dream set in the castle kitchen, where a scullery boy dreams of revenge for previous slights...Murnau's comedy relief is always kind of peculiar.

Worth seeing for the dreams!


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Country:

Germany

Language:

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Release Date:

7 April 1921 (Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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