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

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In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.

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Max Schreck
Graf Orlok
Gustav von Wangenheim
Hutter
Greta Schroeder
Ellen Hutter
G.H. Schnell
Westenra
Ruth Landshoff
Annie - Harding's Frau
John Gottowt
Professor Bulwer, ein Paracelsianer
Gustav Botz
Dr. Sievers, der Stadtartzt
Max Nemetz
Käpitän der Demeter
Wolfgang Heinz
Zweiter Kapitän
Henrik Galeen
Writer (Screenplay)
Bram Stoker
Writer (Novel)
Günther Krampf
Cinematographer
Fritz Arno Wagner
Cinematographer
Albin Grau
Art Direction
Albin Grau
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Critic Reviews for Nosferatu

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (2)

  • The action of the picture is so disconnected as to make the continuity confusing. However, this one certainly holds interest, for its extreme weirdness and its unusual photography.

    January 8, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • So this is it: ground zero, the birth of horror cinema.

    October 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    November 19, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There is pure expressionist inspiration in Murnau's juxtaposition of the malign wolves and the terrified old women: a poetry of fear.

    October 24, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is the sort of thing one could watch at midnight without its having much effect upon one's slumbering hours.

    August 21, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nosferatu

  • Oct 26, 2017
    Did I kill one of your people, Murnau? I can't remember.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2016
    One of the best films of all time, it was a master piece shot in the style of German Expressionism. It utilised several techniques such as stop motion and foreshadowing. The story itself was a loose adaptation of Dracula though the creepy effect is still haunting even till today.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2016
    Who can forget Max Schreck as the ultra-creepy 'Count Orlok', a classic performance in horror movie history? Director F.W. Murnau gives us a scary, macabre vampire, far from the smooth and suave Draculas in other versions, and uses shadows and shots of Orlok's face to scare the audience throughout the movie. Orlok has elongated arms and claw-like hands, dark eyebrows and glowering eyes with a sinister stare, and is truly spine-tingling. You see in this film so many of the trademark horror elements, such as the villagers in an inn warning young Hutter about the danger as he mentions his plans to go to Orlok's castle, which may remind you of movies like 1981's 'An American Werewolf in London'. And yet, this one deserves credit for being first, in 1922, and for giving us some fantastic scenes, such as the one of Hutter finding and opening his coffin, where we see just a fraction of Orlok's evil face initially, eyes open and long fangs visible. Alexander Granach is also great as 'Knock', his minion/ estate agent with giant, bushy eyebrows, who, when jailed, catches and eats flies for their blood. I don't think it's cool that Murnau changed the names around because he couldn't get movie rights to Bram Stoker's story, but I'm glad the film survived (Stoker's heirs wanted all prints destroyed). The movie drags on at times and the simplicity of the ending was not satisfying to me, so it fell a little short, but if you're into classic horror films, this is probably must-see and you may love it, instead of just liking it as I did.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2014
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