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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 ... 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

Certificate:

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 »

Connections

Featured in Der Weg nach Murnau (2003) See more »

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Bring on the German Sherlock Holmes
7 July 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Several people in a house come face to face with a murder mystery -- and one of them is guilty of the crime! This film has no familiar actors, and something of a misleading title (it is not a literal translation of the German). The phrase "haunted castle" clearly implies a horror film and not a detective story, but there is very little horror here.

Lothar Mehnert stars as Count Oetsch, and although I know absolutely nothing about him, I was very drawn to his performance. He has a striking look that I think makes for a good stage or screen presence. What else has he done? I do not know, but should seek it out.

The film is light on humor, though there is a sequence I will call "the kitchen boy dream" that I found funny. What is it implying? What does it mean? How does it connect to the big story? I have no idea.

The Kino DVD contains a book / film comparison and I would recommend this. It shows how radically different the film is in some ways from the book. While the essence is the same, I would almost have to say they are two different creatures altogether.


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Country:

Germany

Language:

None | German

Release Date:

7 April 1921 (Germany) See more »

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

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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