Nosferatu

DVD - 2000
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Nosferatu
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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.

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Film Preservation Associates ;, Chatsworth, CA :, Distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment,, [2000], ©2000
Edition: Restored edition
Branch Call Number: 7.914 N89
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, black and white with color tints ; 4 3/4 in

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Jan 23, 2015
  • jazeebelle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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!!!

Jun 17, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 27, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 29, 2010
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Looking for a Halloween scare that will chill you to the bone without the squirm-worthy slasher-film blood-and-guts? You could do a lot worse than downloading the 1922 German film _Nosferatu_. Directed by FW Mernau, this first-ever vampire movie was based on Bram Stoker’s _Dracula_. This version features a musical score running throughout and English subtitles to the German script presented throughout the film. Yeah, you read that right: This film is so old it was released in the silent film era. Don’t let that deter you, though – many film buffs and several laypeople who simply love horror films consider this to be the definitive film interpretation of Stoker’s tale. With his sunken eyes, clawed fingernails, and vaguely rodentine features, Max Schrek’s performance as Count Orlock provides cinema with its most terrifying, least sexy vampire to date (the iconic shots of him rising full-length from the coffin and his silhouette creeping up the staircase are the only cinematic images to ever give me nightmares). In fact, the performance was so unbelievably creepy that the popular imagination at the time wanted to believe he, too, was undead. This idea was explored further in the film _Shadow of the Vampire_ featuring Willem Dafoe, John Malkovitch and others, and the two movies together make a great Halloween double feature.

Jul 10, 2010
  • arisenneo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Needing to get back to the basics concerning vampire stories, i chose this movie. Classic, simple and to the point. A story of a vampire, like they were meant to be composed.

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Mar 02, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

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