Monday, February 8, 2010

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror

Wow. Since when did they sell DVDs at the A & P show? That's like the best thing they had their all weekend. I had to take advantage of all the classic DVDs they were selling (some I had never even heard of. Is that good or bad?), and I bought Nosferatu: A Symphony of Terror (1922). Is it just me, or am I a fan of every vampire movie that is not Twilight? Surprisingly, this is the first full length silent feature I have ever watched, and I had no trouble it all following it.
Nosferatu is loosely based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) is a real estate agent who receives word that the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) wishes to buy a house in the city and leave his castle in the mountains. So, Hutter leaves behind his wife Ellen (Greta Schroder) to take a long journey to visit Count Orlok. No-one has ever attempted to find him before, and once Hutter gets to his house he knows why. Count Orlok is not only very strange, but he is a vampire out searching for human blood. And he starts to cause a lot of trouble.
Nosferatu is truly a masterpiece in cinema, it's creativity makes it so scary that it may just be one of the best horror's ever made. I hear F.W. Murnau was a master at directing, and after this I wish to see more of his work. Max Schreck makes Orlok one of the scariest characters ever to be filmed, mixing the right amount of pure evil and pure creep.
Would I watch this again? Definitely, I couldn't take my eyes off it. I am astounded by this film, and now I realize I have to watch more silent films. God, I love Nosferatu.

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