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.
It was interesting going back and seeing such an iconic silent film that managed to garner a cult following from many. Even though it is outdated, I can see why so many people are attracted to this film and I somehow was entertained throuhgh out despite it being nearly 100 years old. the different color schemes get it dreamy and iinteresting through the whole of this film.
The lord of the plague, phantom of the night , standing at the helm of an army of rats. Say aloud that he is not real. Say to your children the plague is not at our door. Say aloud all is well. Say aloud that even now there is no vampiric creature alive that comes to drink of your blood and deform the brain of your unborn child. A chilling masterpiece of horror that seems to thrive against the ravages of age.
I watched the 1977 Nosferatu remake the original, so it was interesting to see where the remake drew from. This truly is a classic horror film in both stereotypical and entertaining ways. I wish I had seen this version before I watched the remake because it had me constantly comparing the two. It took a bit to get used to the silent format, but once engrossed in the film, it proved very entertaining.
The story behind it may be more interesting, but the film is a great adaption of the novel. This horror film is more frightening than anything put to market in the last fifty years. Back in the days before CGI the production companies had to actually make films that told stories, and its the story that will strike fear into you. Count Orlock is the most terrifying character in history.