Some of the most memorable images ever put in a vampire movie - and it is silent. Max Schreck gets the price for being the ugliest-looking and most unromantic vampire put on screen and actually looks like a bat-man. It is hard not to revisit this masterpiece and it is fun to see this and compare it to Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula adaptation who clearly took much inspiration from it.
Very good and ground breaking for the time in which it was made since its one of the first horror movie, the German expressionism is present but not that much if you ask me. The lack of soundtrack makes a little bit hard to stay focused if you have any kind of distraction near you.
The barest skeleton of 'Dracula', which was precisely what was needed. I don't know if Kracauer was right when he posited it as a presentiment of fascism, but it is just as certainly a resident of the 20th century [squatting malevolently in the corner] as Stoker's was the 19th. You know a film is a remarkable work of art when even Werner Herzog can't surpass it! The eeriest of films and so beautifully shot.
My first Murnau in a few years and it is pretty disappointing. So heavy-handed, bombastic, and superficial. None of the subtleties and multi-layered depths of Sunrise, Tabu, or The Last Laugh. While these other works have endured the passage of time extraordinarily well, Nosferatu is perhaps only of its time. Also, the organ score was pretty grating.
(2006 Berriatúa restoration) Murnau takes Hutter from obnoxiously happy to shitting his pants with a stylistic fervour for visceral, abstract horror. The soundtrack is a masterfully structured accompaniment. It redeems the sexist 'sacrifice the virgin' plot by having Ellen actually just survive the end making her not so much a damsel in distress as a spared martyr. I wish the intertitles were faster.
Ok. If you have never heard of Nosferatu, then You may not believe me when I tell you it is one of the best and seriously disturbing and scariest vampire movies of all time in my opinion. I have read other reviews that have pretty much agreed. Something about this actor that really creeps the crap out of me. He could honestly be a creature of the night.
Notice how it's always the blood of an innocent maiden (virgin) that is required to defeat the monster? *sigh* F***king patriarchy. ;-) That said, this is a classic film from the silent era. Light and shadow are crucial to the story. Apparently Murnau intended to use color tinting to depict daybreak, full daylight, and night (magenta, yellow, and cyan, respectively); the restored vision has these.
Possibly the greatest horror film ever made, it is made more amazing by the fact that only one print survived censorship, lawsuits (from the Stoker family, who wanted it destroyed) and age - sort of a vampiric story of eternal life. Schreck's Count Orloff is positively chilling, and Murnau was a master at shadowing his claws and imagining ethereal menace. Poetry of a lost age of phantoms, stunning in execution.
An absolute classic. Murnau sets the standard for what horror ought to be. The stakes of this film are simple but moving, getting invested in the well being of the main couple. The performance of Nosferatu is brilliant and eerie, one of the truly horrific monsters in film. The film stands the test of time and still is able to create tension. The real hero though is the score, which is just perfect throughout it all.