|One of the earliest, (and greatest), horror films|
Plot: Nosferatu is a plot that you will know, The film originated as an attempt to adapt Bram Stoker's iconic gothic novel Dracula onto the silver screen although there was an earlier adaptation of the novel before Nosferatu. Two years prior, (1920), in Russia a Dracula film was released but unfortunately all copies of the film have either been lost or destroyed so we cannot possibly see the earliest adaptation of Stoker's novel. The director F.W.Murnau and the producers could not gain the rights from Stoker's widow but luckily they managed to rewrite the script including changing the vampire's name from Dracula to Count Orlok, although some copies released in the US had his name still being Dracula, and a few other characters names being changed. Although Murnau changed the ending about how Orlok met his end in order to further differentiate Nosferatu from Dracula but the ramifications of this change was giant.
|Orlok meets his end in the rays of the sun with superb acting|
Music: Of course silent films rely heavily on their music and generally it is purposefully melodramatic to help emphasise the emotions of the actors. Nosferatu however is subtle. It creeps up to you like a shadow in the night. Quiet until it is too late to escape. One particular scene springs to mind which perfectly shows the masterpiece of the music which is when Count Orlok creeping up a stairwell; his long fingers casting sinister shadows across the wall as his silhouette lurks menacingly further after his prey. The music is slow and filled with dread, perfectly capturing the nefarious deed to which Orlok plans to commit.
|One of the most iconic scenes in horror movie history|
|A snapshot from the iconic scene|
I am quite happily giving Nosferatu 10/10. For superb acting, being a fine example of German Surrealism, stunning music and for being one of the earliest horror movies alongside The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and The Golem it is easy to see why.