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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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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

7 April 1921 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Haunted Castle See more »

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| | (video) | (DVD) | (2002 restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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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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Version of Schloß Vogelöd (1936) See more »

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Haunted Castle
29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Haunted Castle, The (1921)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

An "old dark house" film from director F.W. Murnau about a group of people staying in an (what else?) old dark house. One night the house's owner turns up missing and later in the night his son, who was accused of killing his own brother, shows up. I read somewhere that this is the earliest surviving work from director Murnau but this here doesn't show any of his wonderful visual style that would kick into high gear the following year with Nosferatu. The film, running just under an hour, takes way too time introducing us to the characters and the actual mystery doesn't start until the very end of the movie. There really isn't any visual style either. There's one character that looks like the Karloff character in Whale's The Old Dark House, which makes you think Whale saw this film (especially since the character here leads to a good twist in the story). Another interesting aspect is a scene that uses the hands of Nosferatu to a similar effect that would be seen in the next year's Nosferatu. I had to view an overly dark, 16mm print without a music score.


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