Nosferatu

Nosferatu

A Symphony of Horror

DVD - 2000
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The first vampire movie. Count Orlock (Nosferatu, the vampire) leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats, where he is destroyed by sunlight.

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Beat_Box
Oct 20, 2019

Well, I'll say one thing for certain about this silent-era vampire movie - (actor) Max Schreck definitely made for one of the absolute most grotesque, loathsome, and sinister Draculas of all-time. He did. Indeed.

Filmed almost 100 years ago - "Nosferatu" is yet another one of those quirky productions (from that particular era in movie history) that requires that the viewer cut it some serious slack. Seriously.

I mean - If you are going to actually sit there and try to compare "Nosferatu" to the "buckets-of-blood" vampire movies of today, then, you are certain to be defeating the whole purpose of watching this creaky, old horror-relic from yesteryear. Yes. Indeed.

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SusyHendrix
Sep 19, 2019

Even as a long-time silent movie buff, it amazes me that a movie made almost a century ago can still manage to be eerie. If you think an "old movie" can't scare you in this age of gore and jump scares, just try watching this with all the lights out!

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RoyalJellyIII
Oct 25, 2017

Creepy, truly creepy. Max Schreck as Count Orlok is beautifully terrifying. The portrayal is outstanding and truly spooky. This silent film has achieved without any words what most films today can't with all their budget and special effects. The film is excellently made and is one of the best horror films I have seen. Truly haunting.

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trotter73
Oct 24, 2017

I watched this out of curiosity to see what a film from 100 years ago was like. If you have that same curiosity you may want to check it out, but as a regular movie I wouldn't recommend it.

It might have been considered scary when it came out, but there's no way it could be thought of that way now, thanks to all of the advances in technology (film quality, sound, special effects etc.)
I agree with a previous review that preferred Timothy Howard's pipe organ option for the score.

I actually preferred the audio commentary. This is a silent movie with practically no subtitles, so you won't miss anything and get to hear some facts you may not be aware of.

This movie was based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, but they couldn't get the rights, so they just changed the names of the characters.

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trcookIIImddmd
Jun 11, 2017

Historical and artistic value? This is crap.

Franln May 19, 2017

This must have been a very scary movie in 1922... not so much now. I do appreciate it's historical and artistic value but I just kept falling asleep. The bonus feature was more interesting to me than the movie itself.

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jazeebelle
Jan 23, 2015

What can be said about this iconic and terrifying film. the silent effect only makes it creepier. This vampire is truely a monster. LOVE IT!!!

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Isley
Jun 17, 2014

One of the all time great silent films, masterfully shot and constructed. Schreck as the vampire elevates the role to something that is both beyond human and beyond evil, and infuses the movie with an overwhelming sense of dread.

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ManMachine
Apr 27, 2014

Meet the grand-daddy of all vampires in the grand-daddy of all vampire movies. ~~~ In the 92 years since Max Schreck played Count Orlok (Dracula) in Nosferatu, no other actor has yet even come close to matching the blood-chilling hideousness of his portrayal. ~~~ With his skeletal frame, rodent face, long nails & pointed ears, Schreck excels, beyond compare, as being the most truly repulsive & terrifying of all screen vampires. ~~~ Nosferatu is an exceptional product of the German Expressionistic era in flim-making and is a real milestone in the history of cinematic horror. ~~~ This early, silent-version of Dracula is, at times, brilliantly eerie, and full of imaginative touches that none of the later vampire films ever managed to recapture. ~~~ Yes. Nosferatu is flawed and its pace is not at all like films of today. But it still does manage to hold up quite well, considering that it's nearly 100 years old.

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Monolith
Mar 02, 2013

Max Schreck as the gaunt, wide-eyed Count Orlok is, to me, without question the creepiest specter in classic horror. The age of the piece only magnifies the spookiness. Some funny bits, too -- e.g. the nutjob "Knock". This version has two choices for the score; I preferred Timothy Howard's pipe organ option. I first tried The Silent Orchestra's score, but I found its modern experimental sounds didn't deliver the appropriate vintage feeling to a ninety year old film.

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Monolith
Mar 02, 2013

Count Graf Orlok: "You've hurt yourself... The precious blood!"

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