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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 #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Ryan
Note to scibookguy: try Kino On Video ( don't know if they still have this version on VHS, but at one time they sold a version with the original tinting (sepia for day, blue for night, etc.) and a really cool soundtrack by an outfit called the Silent Orchestra.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #34. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Geoff (not the one who posted above)
I just got this movie and it's so great!
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #35. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bruce
The Classic BEFORE the Classic original "Dracula". Great camera work, etc. considering the HUGE limitations of the technology! And genuinely frightening! Memorable scenes - best of all the shadow of the Vampire with elongating hand at the steps and the slowly opening door revealing the Vampire coming into the room of the sleeping victim. Primative technology - inspired execution! Beats the high dollar/hi tech "no-brainer" stuff today.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #36. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Barracuda
I'm young (21) and yet and i found this old movie FANTASTIC. So old (83 years!)and still so good today, that's impressive. I watch it on TV few years ago and i must say that this is one of the best horror movies i've ever seen, especially thanks to its blood-curdling ambiance (gothic, fantastic and morbid atmosphere). I've never met the same sensations with another horror movie. In a nutshell, Nosferatu is really a MASTERPIECE. Every horror fans of any generation should watch that good old movie.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #37. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Mictantecutli
One of the best horrors ever made, definitely, but not in this version, with that lousy muzak. The version with James Bernard's score (available on CD :) - THAT is the one to watch.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #38. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jon Taylor
After a very long time of tracking this movie down, I finally got a copy a few weeks ago.  I'm addicted to it, my fiance hates how addicted I am (lol).  The soundtrack is absolutely perfect, I thought it went well with the movie.  Does anyone know what the name of the song playing over the scene where Ellen dies is, and the one that starts out "AND NOW YOU DIE!"?
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #39. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Corey
Best old vampire movie there is, was, and forever shall be. I can understand why they modeled the Master from Buffy after this guy. He's just...CREEPY!
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #40. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Minsk
 Our school assistant/substitute teacher, who's the one of the coolest people I've ever met, showed this movie to us one time during a history lesson in 9th grade as a lesson on film history. I gotta say, I totally fell in love with the movie. The cheesy acting and hilarious filming was beautiful. Unfortunately I was the only one who liked the movie, my class 'mates' are all morons who like pathetic teen slashers (ah, what am I saying? I like those slashers too, but I'm also more open-minded!). I really wish I could see the version with Type O, I'm pretty sure it would be a great movie and a wonderful tribute to the original.

 The only thing that sucked was that at the next history lesson a few days later, our sub would have shown Plan 9 from Outer Space, but she decided to just let us leave early. I so wanted to see Plan 9...
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