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)

Critics Consensus

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.

97%

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Total Count: 62

87%

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User Ratings: 47,860
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Movie Info

F. W. Murnau's landmark vampire film begins in the Carpathian mountains, where real estate agent Hutter has arrived to close a sale with the reclusive Herr Orlok. Despite the feverish warnings of the local peasants, Hutter journeys to Orlok's sinister castle. Hutter soon discovers that Orlok is no ordinary mortal.

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Cast

Max Schreck
as Graf Orlok/Nosferatu
Greta Schröder
as Ellen Hutter
John Gottowt
as Professor Bulwer
Gustav Botz
as Prof. Sievers
Max Nemetz
as Captain of the Demeter
Wolfgang Heinz
as Second Captain
Albert Venohr
as First Sailor
Karl Etlinger
as (uncredited)
Guido Herzfeld
as Wirt (uncredited)
Fanny Schreck
as Nurse in the Hospital (uncredited)
Hardy von Francois
as Doctor in Hospital (uncredited)
Heinrich Witte
as Warden in a Lunatic Asylum (uncredited)
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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 (14)

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

    Oct 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • There is pure expressionist inspiration in Murnau's juxtaposition of the malign wolves and the terrified old women: a poetry of fear.

    Oct 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.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 21, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 21, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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

  • 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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