DVD - 2000 | Restored ed
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The first vampire movie. Count Orlock (Nosferatu, the vampire) leaves his castle in the Carpathians and travels by ship to Bremen, bringing coffins filled with dirt and plague rats, where he is destroyed by sunlight.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, c2000
Edition: Restored ed
Branch Call Number: DVD N HORROR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., b&w with col. tints ; 4 3/4 in


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An undead blood-sucking fiend…. well, you heard it all before. Made in 1922, this silent German expressionist film was an unauthorized Dracula adaptation. Hence, we have Count Orlok as the main vampiric presence. Film buffs are thankful that Mrs. Stoker did not succeed in having all the prints de... Read More »

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Oct 25, 2017

Creepy, truly creepy. Max Schreck as Count Orlok is beautifully terrifying. The portrayal is outstanding and truly spooky. This silent film has achieved without any words what most films today can't with all their budget and special effects. The film is excellently made and is one of the best horror films I have seen. Truly haunting.

Oct 24, 2017

I watched this out of curiosity to see what a film from 100 years ago was like. If you have that same curiosity you may want to check it out, but as a regular movie I wouldn't recommend it.

It might have been considered scary when it came out, but there's no way it could be thought of that way now, thanks to all of the advances in technology (film quality, sound, special effects etc.)
I agree with a previous review that preferred Timothy Howard's pipe organ option for the score.

I actually preferred the audio commentary. This is a silent movie with practically no subtitles, so you won't miss anything and get to hear some facts you may not be aware of.

This movie was based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, but they couldn't get the rights, so they just changed the names of the characters.

Jun 11, 2017

Historical and artistic value? This is crap.

Franln May 19, 2017

This must have been a very scary movie in 1922... not so much now. I do appreciate it's historical and artistic value but I just kept falling asleep. The bonus feature was more interesting to me than the movie itself.

Jan 23, 2015

What can be said about this iconic and terrifying film. the silent effect only makes it creepier. This vampire is truely a monster. LOVE IT!!!

Jun 17, 2014

One of the all time great silent films, masterfully shot and constructed. Schreck as the vampire elevates the role to something that is both beyond human and beyond evil, and infuses the movie with an overwhelming sense of dread.

Apr 27, 2014

Meet the grand-daddy of all vampires in the grand-daddy of all vampire movies. ~~~ In the 92 years since Max Schreck played Count Orlok (Dracula) in Nosferatu, no other actor has yet even come close to matching the blood-chilling hideousness of his portrayal. ~~~ With his skeletal frame, rodent face, long nails & pointed ears, Schreck excels, beyond compare, as being the most truly repulsive & terrifying of all screen vampires. ~~~ Nosferatu is an exceptional product of the German Expressionistic era in flim-making and is a real milestone in the history of cinematic horror. ~~~ This early, silent-version of Dracula is, at times, brilliantly eerie, and full of imaginative touches that none of the later vampire films ever managed to recapture. ~~~ Yes. Nosferatu is flawed and its pace is not at all like films of today. But it still does manage to hold up quite well, considering that it's nearly 100 years old.

Mar 02, 2013

Max Schreck as the gaunt, wide-eyed Count Orlok is, to me, without question the creepiest specter in classic horror. The age of the piece only magnifies the spookiness. Some funny bits, too -- e.g. the nutjob "Knock". This version has two choices for the score; I preferred Timothy Howard's pipe organ option. I first tried The Silent Orchestra's score, but I found its modern experimental sounds didn't deliver the appropriate vintage feeling to a ninety year old film.

AnneDromeda Oct 29, 2010

Looking for a Halloween scare that will chill you to the bone without the squirm-worthy slasher-film blood-and-guts? You could do a lot worse than downloading the 1922 German film _Nosferatu_. Directed by FW Mernau, this first-ever vampire movie was based on Bram Stoker’s _Dracula_. This version features a musical score running throughout and English subtitles to the German script presented throughout the film. Yeah, you read that right: This film is so old it was released in the silent film era. Don’t let that deter you, though – many film buffs and several laypeople who simply love horror films consider this to be the definitive film interpretation of Stoker’s tale. With his sunken eyes, clawed fingernails, and vaguely rodentine features, Max Schrek’s performance as Count Orlock provides cinema with its most terrifying, least sexy vampire to date (the iconic shots of him rising full-length from the coffin and his silhouette creeping up the staircase are the only cinematic images to ever give me nightmares). In fact, the performance was so unbelievably creepy that the popular imagination at the time wanted to believe he, too, was undead. This idea was explored further in the film _Shadow of the Vampire_ featuring Willem Dafoe, John Malkovitch and others, and the two movies together make a great Halloween double feature.

Jul 10, 2010

Needing to get back to the basics concerning vampire stories, i chose this movie. Classic, simple and to the point. A story of a vampire, like they were meant to be composed.


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Mar 02, 2013

Count Graf Orlok: "You've hurt yourself... The precious blood!"


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