For the uninitiated, Nosferatu is a Romanian word that is sometimes synonymous with "vampire". Nosferatu: Symphony of Horror is a landmark silent film from Germany released in 1922. A German expressionist film, Nosferatu is still influential even to this day. Nosferatu is not your typical vampire film. Count Orlok is obviously a major threat in the film but the story also presents a unique, chilling idea of a vampire being a bringer of the plague. This perhaps explains Orlok's distinctly rat-like appearance that sets his design apart from that of the usual movie vampire.
|Count Orlok from Nosferatu has a distinct look, having a more rat-like appearance than other vampires portrayed in film|
|An iconic scene: Nosferatu stalks its prey...|
Silent films are difficult for some to get into. I know for me it was very much an acquired taste, but if you're into Horror, you should at least give this movie a try. The music (depending on what version you watch), the lighting, and even the graininess of the film add to the film's creepy atmosphere. I'm not sure that I could watch any other genre in this medium - aside from Comedy, thanks to the exaggerated expressions and over the top pantomime performances. Like many early movies, silent films had to improvise a variety of techniques to thrill the audience. Nosferatu is no exception. The film contains many memorable special effects that are mimicked even today, most notably the scene in which Count Orlok's distorted shadow is cast against the wall as it stalks its prey up a staircase.
|Count Orlok rises to the occasion...|
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