Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors

F W Murnau (1922)

80min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Celebrated German director FW Murnau plundered Bram Stoker's Dracula without permission for this 1922 ground-breaker, and was successfully sued by Stoker's wife - all prints were ordered to be destroyed, but a few survived. The result is the most frightening incarnation of the vampire count in horror history. With his grasping claws, pointed fangs, bald pate and white cadaverous features, Count Orlock, played by the hideous Max Schreck, creeps through Murnau's archetypal silent imagery with a mesmerising authority that retains a surprising amount of tension. The chilling finale, highlighted by Schreck's terrifying shadow outside his victim's door (and enhanced by Hammer composer James Bernard's new, specially commissioned score for the restored print) is one of the classic sequences in the genre and packs a powerful punch even by today's standards.

Summary

A mysterious count terrorises the German town of Wisburg, bringing with him a deadly plague and a thirst for blood. FW Murnau's silent vampire horror, inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula, starring Max Schreck, Gustav Von Wangenheim and Greta Schroeder.

Cast & Crew

Count Orlock, Nosferatu Max Schreck
Knock, an estate agent Alexander Granach
Hutter, his employee Gustav von Wangenheim
Ellen, his wife Greta Schroeder
Harding, ship owner G H Schnell
Annie, his wife Ruth Landshoff
Professor Bulwer John Gottowt
Professor Sievers Gustav Botz
Captain of the Demeter Max Nemetz
Seaman Wolfgang Heinz
Director F W Murnau
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Other Information

ColourTheatrical distributor: Eureka EntertainmentAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 25 Oct 2013
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