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Title: Nosferatu

Date: 1922
Type: Horror
Rating: 4 Stars 4/5
Colour: Black and White / Silent
Director: F W Nurnau

Nosferatu is an early horror film that set the style for many more Dracula / vampire films that followed it. Many of the the later film verions rely on ideas and techniques and images that Nurnau created for this film. The film follows fairly closely to the original book but with some deviations to get round copyright. This is an excellent example of how to film horror in black and white and build suspense withou blood and gore. There is also a good performance from Max Schreck as Dracula. It was remade as Nosferatu The Vampyre and a fictional version of the filiming of the original was also made (Shadow Of The Vampire). This is regarded as one of the highlights of German expressionist films of the 1920s which mixes studio shots with location filiming. The lighting and the style of Max Schreck's portrayal gives a dark and forboding fel to the film. It was not a commercial success but the ideas and images have been used by many film makers since. This also in many ways started the horror genre of films.


Max Schreck

Inspired by

Bram Stokers Dracula