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Nosferatu: Symphony of Re-Writes? (1922)
Even the hideous need love from time to time...
Genre: Silent Vampire Horror Thriller (Germany)
Starring: Max Schreck (The Grand Duke's Finances), Gustav von Wangenheim
Overview: Based on Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula, this is the story of a man who travels to Count Dracula's isolated home in Transylvania in order to sell him a house, unfortunately discovering along the way that he's a plague-carrying vampire.
Max Schreck. He plays a weirdo, an eccentric recluse, and a hideous, twisted vampire. Without him, Nosferatu: Symphony of Horror quite possibly may never have stood the test of time. Direct spin offs and remakes include Shadow of the Vampire, a story about how Max Schreck the actor was an actual vampire, a fantastically updated Nosferatu The Vamypre (1979) by Werner Herzog, with Klaus Kinski as the wretched beast, the failed show "Kindred: The Embraced" had a clan of vampires named 'Nosferatu' who all looked exactly like Orlock... Hell even Weekly World News gave proppers to the pasty-white grown up bat boy. I'll admit even I'm partial to that cute old bald freak, given that he's my #9 favourite dude on screen. Sadly the other players in Murnau's Horror melodrama aren't nearly as impressive, though our gitchy fly and spider eating Cobblepot-looking madman did recently earn a few laughs for his copious eyebrows.
"Your wife. She has a lovely neck." - Count Orlock"Your wife. She has a lovely throat." - Count Dracula
Having recently seen this for the second time, I noticed this second viewing was a different edition of script. Most notable were the character names having returned to the originals from the novel: Dracula rather than Orlock, Renfield rather than Knock, Jonathan Harker instead of Hutter. Prana, the company that distributed Murnau's film went bankrupt when they lost a lawsuit by Bram Stoker's Estate for copyright infringement back in the 20s. I suppose that's all water under the bridge now, though I always preferred the way 'Orlock' rolls off the tongue...
But after all is said and done, the atmosphere-rich ending, short as it may be, is more than memorable, it's iconic. You know Nosferatu is a classic, and you won't be disappointed.
Shreckin' it to the Max!
Performance: 7 Cinematography: 8 Script: 6 Plot: 7 Mood: 8
Overall Rating: 72% (A Blood-Letting Good Time)
Having Nosferatu at #234 on IMDb's Top 250 is still a bit of a boost to get the common man out to see a silent film. After having seen this film in a crowded theatre obviously new to Silent cinema, it's clear that time has worn away the edges of Nosferatu: Symphony of Horror, as it elicits occasional laughter rather than terror from time to time, but Nosferatu is still short and sweet, and definitely one of the 20's most timeless films.