F.W. Murnau's silent vampire classic. Count Orlok (Max Schreck) decides to move from his ruined castle to the city of Bremen and hires real estate agent Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to make the arrangements for him. But Orlok is also the vampire Nosferatu, and when he takes a shine to Hutter's young wife Ellen (Greta Schroder), it seems that the worst is indeed possible. Adapted from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' (though with character names changed for legal reasons), Murnau's film also features some of the most famous sequences in cinema, including the count's climb up the stairs to Ellen's room, his claw-hand outstretched and his crooked shadow on the wall.
Release Date: 18 October 2010
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 60 minutes
Production Year: 1922
A classic of its time
Many would not consider this a horror film these days and remember, before you buy, that this is a silent movie. Having said that, many of the best moments have been copied through later vampire offerings; his creepy shadow on the wall and the staring eyes. Max Shreck is well cast in a cadaver like form and with sound and colour he would have been truly scary. Stills of him in character are often shown.