F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) wants to make the ultimate vampire movie. He is denied the rights to Dracula, however, so he must change the title to Nosferatu, and the name of Dracula to Count Orlock (along with some other changes). He brings in the mysterious Max Schreck (Willem Defoe), an actor who always stays in character, to play the Count. Strange things start to happen around the movie as Schreck’s behavior gets more and more bizarre, but Murnau is determined to finish the movie no matter what it takes. It had been a few years since I watched this and I forgot how amazing the movie is. Defoe, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance, is outstanding as Schreck, and, Malkovich turns in one of his best performances.
Catherine McCormack's (Braveheart, 28 Weeks Later) performance as Greta is strong as well. The directing and the way this movie was shot are incredible. There is dark humor throughout the film, touching moments, and just plain creepy moments as well. The final scene is one of the greatest, most surreal scenes in film history. A note to all Twilight fans: This (and the actual film, Nosferatu) are what vampire films should be. I really cannot recommend this movie enough.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9