Saturday, October 8, 2016

NOSFERATU

Nosferatu Movie Review

Real estate agent Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) has a potential new client named Count Graf Orlok (Max Schreck)--unfortunately for Hutter, Mr. Orlok has his eyes on Hutter's wife Ellen (Greta Schroder)...oh yeah, Orlok is also a vampire. Yes, this 1922 film is essentially a knock off of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula--so much so that Stoker's wife sued and had all known copies of the film destroyed; fortunately for the rest of the world a few copies survived and we all get to enjoy this classic to this day. First, what I absolutely love about this film is Schreck as Orlok. Every since I first saw this movie as a youngster I have always said THIS is what a vampire should look like.

Notice nothing is sparkling

To this day I still have not seen a scarier vampire in any film. It's not just how Schreck looks that makes him so scary, but also the way he moves, his facial expressions, his elongated fingers--EVERYTHING about this vampire is scary.

Even the shadow of the vampire is scary

One thing that may turn some people off to Nosferatu is the fact it is a silent film--I personally love silent films, so this fact only adds to the enjoyment for me. The movie is not without its faults, however. A plodding subplot adds unnecessary time to the film and takes away from the tension, von Wangenheim turns in a questionable (at best) performance, and the end is very unsatisfying. One thing I have always wondered about this movie is why, in several scenes, the film has a blue saturation--it turns out night scenes were shot during the day, and that became painfully obvious upon viewing, so the scenes were splashed blue.

They blue this scene

Nosferatu, for better or worse, is a horror classic, and it's easy to see why. While I would not rank it among the best horror movie ever made, if you can handle watching a silent film, this really is a must see. It laid the groundwork for many, many vampire movies to come.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

Nosferatu Movie Trailer

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