In F.W. Murnau's 2013 remake film, Nosferatu, we experience a suspenseful tale of folklore and history through Johnathan Hutter as he travels to Translyvania during a plague in his town of Wisborg, Germany in 1838. He meets Count Orlock, a gentleman with a creepy tone overall in the movie. This tone is set throughout the movie and contributes to the style of doom, as seen by foreshadowing and symbols in the symphony.
For what it's worth, the film being silent does not take away from it's scare factor. In my opinion it's more creepy with silence. Count Dracula has an intense appearance; long claws, clearly "dead", and big fangs which of course are for biting his victims so he can drain their blood. The music score sets the tone for each scene, and kind of preps you as to what is to come. Overall a classic and good horror flick.
In the running with the greatest films ever made, Nosferatu was restored by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung. Backed by an orchestral performance of Hans Erdmann's 1922 score and with original tinting, its magic is intoxicating. This isn’t that version. Here the clarity is mediocre, the keyboard score is tedious, and the absent tinting renders prosaic Murnau’s symphony of pestilence. See the restoration instead.
Like many Expressionist films, it's a visual feast that's filled with platitudes and childlike characters. There's simply too much good vs evil and all that picturesque idyllic love for my taste, although I must admit that I also struggle to get into opera. But it isn't all bad. I was impressed by the shots of town members carrying the caskets of the deceased and by the shots inside and around the count's palace.
Enorme obra del expresionismo alemán, una iluminación dura, basada en los contrastes. Impresionante caracterización del vampiro protagonizado por Max Schreck. La importancia que le da Murnau a los actores, es cine mudo, por eso parecen sobreactuados, debían mostrar en imágenes lo que no podían contar con sonido. No deja de asombrar la inteligencia de la época con los escasos recursos que se tenían.
Not a scary film, but a moody, atmospheric, and creepy one. Even without sound or color, Nosferatu does things that most horror films wish they could. It uses intense imagery and shadows rather than cheap jump scares. Nosferatu is almost 100 years old and is still held in high regard. It will continue to be relevant 100 years from now too.
I have great respect for Murnau and have really enjoyed "Sunrise" and "City Girl" before this one. "Nosferatu" certainly is a well-crafted film too, but I think the silent genre does not combine well with the horror for me. Although the usual tension and fear that comes with horror films weren't absent here, I felt they were far less intense. I respect and enjoyed this, but its dated resources limited the experience.
NOSFERATU is one of the great silent or horror movie I've ever seen. Some of the technical aspects maybe looks dated. But still - it able to give a nightmarish presentation. Director F.W. Murnau really knew how to build a tension or suspense. NOSFERATU maybe kinda slow in the beginning. But please be patient because this movie will slowly creep you out. I really, really loved its black and white cinematography...
On a technical level, this film is impressive, and a good example of the German Expressionist film aesthetic of the 1920s. However, I felt that it dragged a lot at the beginning and in the middle, and it took a really long time to introduce the character of Nosferatu, who is the true driving point of the film, and impressively played by Max Schreck (who has the most fitting name for that role by the way!).