Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922)

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)

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Critic Consensus: One of the silent era's most influential masterpieces, Nosferatu's eerie, gothic feel -- and a chilling performance from Max Shrek as the vampire -- set the template for the horror films that followed.


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F. W. Murnau's landmark vampire film Nosferatu isn't merely a variation on Bram Stoker's Dracula: it's a direct steal, so much so that Stoker's widow went to court, demanding in vain that the Murnau film be suppressed and destroyed. The character names have been changed to protect the guilty (in the original German prints, at least), but devotees of Stoker will have little trouble recognizing their Dracula counterparts. The film begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Henrik Galeen, Bram Stoker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 1997
Runtime:
Film Arts Guild

Cast


as Graf Orlok/Nosferatu

as Ellen Hutter

as Prof. Sievers

as Professor Bulwer

as Captain of the Demet...

as Second Captain

as First Sailor

as (uncredited)

as Wirt (uncredited)

as Nurse in the Hospita...

as Doctor in Hospital (...

as Warden in a Lunatic ...
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Critic Reviews for Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (12)

So this is it: ground zero, the birth of horror cinema.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

It is the sort of thing one could watch at midnight without its having much effect upon one's slumbering hours.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Never mind that much of the story of this first important screen version of the Dracula legend seems corny and dated, for what counts is its atmosphere and its images, which are timeless in their power.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Less frightening than haunting, Murnau's film conjures a persistent atmosphere of dread and decay, thanks in part to Max Schreck's immortal performance as Orlok.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's not just a great horror movie. It's a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it's over.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The metaphysical style is most vividly rendered by Murnau's obsessive use of point-of-view shots, which force a viewer to follow the characters into the abyss of their terrifying visions.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire)

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Directors Cat

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The earliest (unauthorized) adaptation of Dracula relocates the action to Germany in the late 1800s. Mixing imagery of disease and sex, F.W. Murnau's horror classic is helped immensely by the presence of the mysterious Max Schreck, whose rat-faced Count Orlock looks totally inhuman and remains arguably the scariest vampire ever depicted onscreen.

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Greg S

Super Reviewer

Ladies and gentlemen: the first vampire film. It's an unofficial adaptation of Dracula, to boot. No, it's not really scary, but it's definitely creepy and eerie. Atmosphere is key here. The film is great at creating and maintaining an unsettling mood and environment. Music is key too. However, the version I saw had a modern soundtrack, including surf music. At times this really clashed with the actions on screen, lessening the impact and making things seem a little silly. The music itself was good, just sometimes out of place. When it fits perfectly though- things were amazing. This movie may be old, but it kicked off what is basically one of the most pervasive, popular, and continually evolving subgenres of film. Hats off to German cinema and F.W. Murnau.

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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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