Nosferatu (1922) – Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror; or simply Nosferatu)
Directed by F. W. Murnau
Gustav von Wangenheim
Running time: 94 minutes
Basically, it’s Dracula. From Wikipedia:
The film, shot in 1921 and released in 1922, was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel (for instance, “vampire” became “Nosferatu” and “Count Dracula” became “Count Orlok”). Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaptation, and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, one print of Nosferatu survived, and the film came to be regarded as an influential masterpiece of cinema.
I watched this back in July as part of my IMDB Top 250 Challenge but never got around to reviewing it. Now with Halloween coming up, I figured I should finally write something about it for my Halloween Horror Fest. But you know what? I have NO clue how to go about “reviewing” this classic.
So! I’m going to just post some pictures from this great silent film based on Dracula. Because it’s iconic and it’s cool. I mean, LOOK at this dude!
I don’t have much experience with silent films. Since I started this IMDB Top 250 challenge at the beginning of this year, I’ve now finally watched some Charlie Chaplin films and totally fell in love with them. Nosferatu is obviously very different in tone but at least the Chaplin stuff better prepared me for watching another silent film.
I know this won’t be for everyone and I’d never be able to convince the Horror Guy I work with (who tells me, with excitement, every time another Wrong Turn sequel comes out) to watch something like this but every fan of true horror classics really should. I need to watch a lot more horror classics, too, so I suppose I can’t act too snobby for having watched this.
That’s it. I have nothing else to say so have a look at two more photos instead. Are they cool or what?! Nosferatu is old, it’s slow, it’s silent, and it’s a hell of a lot better than most current high budget films. Good stuff. Glad I gave this film a try while it was still in the IMDB Top 250 (it has now disappeared, having been replaced with far too many recent films that aren’t worthy of being anywhere near the Top 250).
My Rating: 7.5/10
I really need to get off my ass and watch this film!
You do! Because you’d do a much better review than I did. 😉
Great review, that image of him climbing the stairs is so creepy.
Thanks. 🙂 Yep – I love the imagery in this film. Definitely worth a watch.
The original novel is so epic. I think I need to watch this too!
It’s worth a watch. 🙂 I loved the look of the whole thing.
Still a really cool film, this. It’s not really scary but I imagine it was terrifying when audiences first watched it.
Yeah – I imagine this was VERY scary to audiences back in 1922. 🙂
You should tell the guy you work with that those wrong turn movies are terrible….. I’m just sayin’….
Lol! I would but he might murder me and stick me under his floorboards… I’ve never even told him that I only made it about 20 minutes through the first one and that was more than enough for me.
We wouldn’t want that! Better keep quiet – loose lips sink ships!
As a follow-up, check out Shadow of the Vampire w/ John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.
I will definitely watch it someday. 🙂 Not sure why I never saw it…
Love that drawing at the top 😀
Yep! Very cool. 🙂
Nice post – love this film and so glad you gave it a try.
The film is slow, but the imagery makes it all worth it. Whenever I get in the mood to watch it, I usually do so with the original score muted. It may be sacrilegious, but I can’t stand it. 🙂
Have you seen (or made it through) the original The Invisible Man (1933)? Creepy as hell.
No – I’ve not seen that one. I really need to check out all these “monster” classics. I know most people today don’t find them scary but I love the creepy feel of them, mainly because they were so long ago and it was just such a different time. I’ll definitely try to check out more stuff like this! 🙂
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For today’s IMDB Top 250 Horror post, I’m reblogging my old “review” of Nosferatu (1922). Wow, it’s pretty rubbish – I didn’t say much about it! Luckily, no one reads reblogs. Oh, the good old days of my blog when I didn’t ramble on for ages about a movie…. 😉 (Nosferatu was pretty damn cool – just watch it)
I had watched this film. Really old films are so fascinating to watch.
They are! I love that they have a creepy sort of quality that new films can’t quite achieve. 🙂
Such a classic! The Berklee College of Music has written a new original score for this and on Oct. 30, The Boston Pops will be playing it while showing the movie. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be televised!
Oh – that does sound interesting! 🙂 Yep, this was a good one although I didn’t know what to say about it! I’ll reblog The Cabinet of Dr Caligari too – have you seen that? I couldn’t quite figure out which of the two I preferred. Probably that one – it was great. 🙂
The last time I watched the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari when I was a kid with my dad. I can’t wait to see your post!
Love the review! 😀
Hehe. It’s so bad. I shouldn’t reblog my old shit! Lol. Thanks, Natasha! 🙂
For people who love classic horror or silent films Nosferatu is a can’t miss.
Totally agree! 🙂 Also love The Cabinet of Dr Caligari!
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