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Not Rated
Copyright 1922. This version, copyright 1998 Arrow Entertainment
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Thomas Hutter - Motivated young broker, he intends to make his fortune selling a mansion to Count Orlok.
  • Ellen Hutter - Thomas' wife, her facial expressions did make me giggle at times, especially right before she dies.
  • Knock - Bushy eyebrows extraordinaire! Slightly mad broker who falls under the vampire's spell.
  • The Westrenkas - Thomas' friends who probably wish they hadn't taken in his strange wife while he's away.
  • Professor Bulwer - Not only does this guy sleep a lot, he sees vampires everywhere. If it eats something, it's a vampire to him.
  • Captain and First Mate of the Demeter - Doomed soon as Orlok's coffin is loaded aboard, the skipper is drained of his blood while the latter jumps overboard. (Arrgghh, he'll feed da fishes...)
  • Count Orlok - Nosferatu himself, a hideous monster who could stand to wear braces for a few hundred years. That and a manicure. Destroyed by the rising sun.

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The Plot: 

The legendary vampire film, over three quarters of a century old and still worth watching. Say that about yourself when seventy-seven you are, as Yoda would put it. It's also hosted by David Carradine, he provides a short opening piece which seems blue screened for some reason.

For those of you who were raised by wolves and haven't seen this film before, the plot follows. Knock receives a letter from Orlok. The Count wishes to buy a home in Bremen, he quickly dispatches his assistant Hutter with the necessary contracts. Thomas arrives in Transylvannia to find the Count is a frightening visage, though he first chalks up the strange happenings as bad dreams. Too late he realizes that Orlok is a vampire and the monster wants Ellen (after seeing her picture in a locket).

The vampire's earth filled coffins are loaded on the ship Demeter; en route across the seas crew die one by one as he drains their life. Meanwhile, Thomas struggles to reach Ellen by land, arriving after the crewless Demeter docks. With Nosferatu's coming a plague falls upon the city, it is only when Ellen sacrifices herself that evil is banished.

This version is remastered and includes the most enjoyable soundtrack I've seen it put to yet. Type O Negative's metal/gothic songs rarely seem out of place and then only for moments. The film itself is a masterpiece, with a tidy plot and excellent makeup for Nosferatu.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • David Carradine is starting to show his age.
  • People once used giant socks as luggage.
  • Transylvannia is inhabited by tiger-dogs.
  • Cabbies have always been bad drivers.
  • Never cut yourself in front of a vampire.
  • Venus flytraps drink blood.
  • 17th century sailing ship's equivalent of autopilot was tying someone to the wheel.
  • The emergency broadcast system has come a long way.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - Blue screening anyone?
  • 6 mins - Bad edit, one minute she's running at him, the next she's standing still.
  • 12 mins - Now that's a weird dog.
  • 28 mins - Make sure you're listening to the song here. I'm never having sex again...
  • 46 mins - Hehehe! Vampire hobo!
  • 55 mins - Interesting time to mention a male rooster.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note nosferatu1.wav Song from the opening scenes.
Green Music Note nosferatu2.wav Song from when Thomas first meets the count.
Green Music Note nosferatu3.wav Song from Ellen's death.

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The first mate tries to hack open Orlok's coffin.

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Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #1. Posted on August 31, 1999, 12:38:49 AM by NetFrog Alpha
I have had the honor of watching this great piece. The mixture of ancient but classic footage and Type O's music (I swear the tunes went right with it) made this an enjoyable viewing. Perfect for the horror student or the newbie. Good stuff.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #2. Posted on August 31, 1999, 02:29:48 AM by Squishy
I've not seen this new version, but "Nosferatu" has always been one disturbing movie. Repeated remakes and variations (it's basically "Dracula") haven't come close. This and "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" are the weirdest flicks ever made. Anybody putting it off because it's a 'silent' needs to watch it. At night. Alone. With the lights off. Heh heh heh.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #3. Posted on September 03, 1999, 03:25:46 PM by Andrew
The "dogs" do indeed look like Tasmanian Wolves, the last known died in captivity in the 40's or so I believe.  The problem is that you see it for about 1 second and on B&W film shot in 1922 - I can't tell for sure if they painted a dog or if it's the extinct marsupial.  Just rather amusing to find it high in the mountains of Europe...
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #4. Posted on November 25, 1999, 11:49:43 AM by paul westbrook
One of the all time classic masterpieces of horror. Nosferatu is the film that evoked fear in me, during my early childhood. The scene with Orlock rising from his coffin, the final scene of terror, when the vampire vanishes,all leave me with fond memories of many a sleepless night. Max Schreck did a terrorific job in this film gem, as well as frightening me to death. The fact that it was a silent film, only adds to the dread, the doom, and gloom, the film displays. I recommend it highly to any movie fan. Watch it with the lights out.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Greenhornet
I saw this version. I loved the movie, hated the music. For one thing, it reminded me of the re-doing of "Metropolis" with the deleted footage. (If you see this deleted footage version, you'll know why they cut it out)

Things I learned from this movie: You have to take a ship to go from Transylvania to Bremmen, Germany.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #6. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by KellyV
I adore this movie, and just wanted to tell you all that if you enjoyed this flick, check out "Shadow of the Vampire".  For those who haven't heard of it, it's a film that takes the interesting premise of the possibility of Max Schrek (sorry for the spelling, but he played Count Orlok) actually being a real vampire!  Willem Dafoe plays Schrek, and I'm still stunned that no one won an Oscar for that film!  Dafoe was perfect, and his makeup was exactly the same as "Nosferatu".  It's just a great companion piece to "Nosferatu", and, I must confess, since watching "Shadow of the Vampire", I've never been able to look at my copy of "Nosferatu" the same definitely ups the creepiness factor.  I'm planning a Vampire Nite, with bloody marys and nachos, and watch the two of them along with Bela's version -- blood-sucking paradise! :)
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #7. Posted on October 26, 2000, 09:52:07 PM by Nighttrap38
Anybody know where I can find the Type O Negative soundtrack for this? From what I heard from the samples, it kicks ass!
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #8. Posted on December 17, 2000, 02:02:37 AM by WickedPixie
The Type O Negative songs in this movie are mostly from the albums Slow, Deep, and Hard .. and October Rust.  I love Type O Negative and I must own this movie..
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