Nosferatu

Posted: August 5, 2011 6:10 pm in Review

Nosferatu

UR – 94 Min – 1922

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Starring Max Schreck as Nosferatu and Gustav von Wangenheim as Hutter, “Nosferatu” is the silent movie classic portrayal of “Dracula”, in which the vampire expresses interest in a new residence. Then after becoming obsessed with the wife of real estate agent Hutter, he travels back to Hutter’s hometown and spreads death everywhere he goes.

This is not only the oldest movie that I have reviewed for Get To The Monkey, but possibly the oldest movie I have ever seen. This film was the first vampire movie that was made. Not only that, but it is also the first time that a vampire dies via sunlight in all of vampire fiction. A very big movie for being a 1922 silent film. I personally was very excited to see it.

The film starts out with our main protagonist, Hutter, picking flowers for his wife. It was kind of an odd way of starting a story, but whatever. It really wastes no time in getting to the monkey, as the next scene is Hutter talking to his boss, Knock, about a Count Orlok who wants to buy a house in the city. From this scene on, the film grabs hold of you and won’t let go. And I’m surprised! It was silent for pete’s sake. But it did. Also, it was very creepy in many scenes.

First off, whenever there is a scene with Max Schreck all done up in his Nosferatu makeup, you will get a very weird chill up your spine. His monstrous eyebrows and creepy teeth and fingers are a haunting image. Plus the way he slinks around and stares at people is just freaky. One neat thing is the incorporation of the old legend of having to invite a vampire to come in. Ellen does this and sacrifices herself by being the pure hearted woman who willingly gives her blood. And that leads to the coolest thing about this movie. The end. He gets so caught up in drinking her blood that loses track of time and is killed by the morning sunlight. Again, for it being a movie from the 20’s, the end scene is very high budget.

My first impression right after the closing credits was that it was mediocre. I let it sink in for a couple days, and realized what a great piece of history this was. A first in many books, and after nearly 90 years, it retained a deep fear factor. This factor, mostly attributed to the lack of sound, was probably horrifying to people in the 1920’s. But for people now (who actually enjoy real horror, or real vampire stories for that matter), it’s refreshing to watch a horror movie that isn’t centered on elaborate death scenes and special effects. I give this one a thumbs up. Especially in these days were “Twilight” is running rampant and killing what used to be known as vampire stories. It’s really cool to sit down and watch how they all started. The real vampire story.

 

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