Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922) IMDb

Categorization

German expressionist horror, illicitly based on Bram Stoker’s novel, hence names are changed. “Nosferatu”, a term used in the novel, means “not-dead” or “undead”.

Subject

Count Orlok goes to town in 1838.

Commentary

Love the microscope shots.

References here: “The Blow Out” (1936), The Strain (2014).

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Remake:

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979) IMDb

Commentary

Far too much light (daylight and high-power artificial sources, not achieving chiaroscuro), not enough music, poorly conceived hybrid script, very silly prosthetic teeth (extend the canines, not the incisors! Rat symbolism doesn’t work that way!), sterile “crowd” scenes. In the end, no punch, neither horrific nor stylistically accomplished. Probably just not enough money, but good actors.

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