F.W. Murnau's silent classic is the original, and some say scariest, DRACULA adaptation, taking Bram Stoker's novel and turning it into a haunting, shadowy dream of German Expressionist horror and dread. Count Orlok, the rodentlike vampire frighteningly portrayed by Max Schreck, is perhaps the most animalistic screen portrayal of a vampire ever filmed. The design was copied by Werner Herzog in his 1979 remake and by Tobe Hooper for his telefilm of Stephen King's SALEM'S LOT that same year. Names had to be changed from the novel when Stoker's wife charged his novel was being filmed without proper permission. Charged with now-legendary cinematic imagery, NOSFERATU is a landmark of the horror genre that should not be missed.
Release Date: 05 October 2009
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1922
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A classic silent movie
Shreck made this interpretation his own with this unique portrayal of the Count. The name Nosferatu was sometimes mentioned in later films but the cadaver like appearance wasn't copied (to my knowledge) until Salem's Lot in 79. Most people these days would probably prefer the later offering but the original shouldn't be ignored. It has some fine creepy moments.