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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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Average Rating: 9/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 60
Rotten: 2

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 8.8/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 1

Critics 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 46,422

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Movie Info

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


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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) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (2) | DVD (29)

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

Nosferatu is the seminal moment for horror cinema.

Full Review… | October 14, 2014
Total Film

Nosferatu remains the best vampire movie of all time. It possesses a strain of sheer dread not captured by any subsequent bloodsucker film.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

Whatever your opinion regarding intellectual property, I'm sure you'll agree we're fortunate that the movie survived, even in its various contested and truncated forms.

Full Review… | December 19, 2013
Movie Metropolis

The movie's best effect is its star...He looks every bit like an actual demonic wild-thing, retrieved from deep within the German wilderness and trotted out to perform for Murnau's camera.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
The Dissolve

Still one of the scariest, most unnerving films ever made.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Shadows on the Wall

There is pure expressionist inspiration in Murnau's juxtaposition of the malign wolves and the terrified old women: a poetry of fear.

Full Review… | October 24, 2013
Guardian

Count Orlock, played by the hideous Max Schreck, creeps through Murnau's archetypal silent imagery with a mesmerising authority that retains a surprising amount of tension.

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
Radio Times

'Nosferatu' is worthwhile on two counts: mise-en-scène and the actor who is the title (and sole) vampire.

Full Review… | March 10, 2010
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Most likely the first horror film to express something beyond simple chills and thrills.

Full Review… | July 13, 2009
eFilmCritic.com

Contains some truly iconic moments, but too much of it, i.e. any scene without Orlock, is less than stellar.

Full Review… | March 24, 2009
Three Movie Buffs

His body is twisted and perverted, gnarling in on itself and constantly invading the personal space of the people around him.

Full Review… | February 11, 2009
Film School Rejects

A landmark motion picture.

Full Review… | October 9, 2008
DustinPutman.com

Still quite eerie

March 2, 2008

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

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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

F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu has the distinction of being one of the first horror films. Based on Dracula, Murnau's film only changes the names of the characters. The film is quite impressive considering that it was made in 1922. The film has its flaws, but you have to understand that this film was made over 90 years ago, in the early years of cinema. What stands out about this film is that it relies on atmosphere to tell its story. Even if the film is silent, you can clearly make out what's going on. This is one of the defining pictures of the horror genre, and its influence still resonates to this day. Max Schreck is a memorable creature of the night and he displays that in his performance as Count Orlok. For the time period, Nosferatu is a stunning achievement in film, and is one of the best in the vampire genre. Horror fans that haven't seen this film, ought to, it's a milestone in horror cinema, one of the first of many classics to come. Nosferatu is a standout picture that still retains its elements of scary atmosphere to capture your attention and entertain from beginning to end. This movie set the standards for many other films to follow and it's a film that is a necessity to view for genre fans. There are some effective camera tricks to really elevate the film's storyline and since this was a 1922 production, it's a well made picture. Even the most critical viewer of the movie can't deny its impact and influence on the genre. Murnau was a pioneer in horror cinema and Nosferatu is a brilliant and effective picture that has stood the test of time.

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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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


Graf Orlok Nosferatu:
Your precious blood!
– Submitted by Alex K (23 months ago)
Graf Orlok Nosferatu:
Is this your wife? What a lovely throat.
– Submitted by Alex K (23 months ago)

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