- Silent film
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 27, 2001
- Originally Released: 1922
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 01/27/1993
"...[A] silent masterpiece..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/12/2001
"...The bloodsucker flick that sired them all..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/28/1997
"...NOSFERATU inspired dozens of other Dracula films, none of them as artistic or unforgettable..."
Total Film - 09/01/2000
"...A genius of silent cinema, Murnau uses a range of primitive but still startling techniques..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2001
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...Haunting....The nightmarish appearance of Max Schreck as history's favorite vampire remains an indelible image of horror..."
Empire - 01/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "[E]ven across the oceans of time since it was made, it still creeps you out like very few creature features have ever done."
Uncut - 01/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] remains the template of vampire cinema....Max Schreck still registers as one one of the eeriest ghouls of horror cinema."
A.V. Club - 11/13/2013
"He's a thousand times freakier than any other screen Dracula, and Murnau suddenly kicks the film into Expressionist overdrive with the sequence of Nosferatu's ocean voyage..." -- Grade: B+
Description by OLDIES.com:
Originally released in 1922 as Nosferatu, Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, director F. W. Murnau's chilling and eerie unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the Bram Stoker legend. After it's premiere in 1922, Nosferatu was the subject of a lawsuit brought by Stoker's widow - who saw to it that any mention of Dracula was removed from the movie and that all "known" prints and negatives were destroyed. Most recently, this movie (and the eccentricities of actor Max Schreck) were the subject of the award winning movie Shadow of The Vampire.
F.W. Murnau's German silent classic is the original--and some say most frightening--DRACULA adaptation, taking Bram Stoker's novel and turning it into a haunting, shadowy dream full of dread. Names had to be changed from the novel when Stoker's wife charged his novel was being filmed without proper permission. Running times vary depending upon versions of the film. Count Orlok, the rodentlike vampire frighteningly portrayed by Max Schreck, is perhaps the most animalistic screen portrayal of a vampire ever filmed. The design was copied by Werner Herzog in his 1979 remake and by Tobe Hooper for his telefilm of Stephen King's SALEM'S LOT that same year. NOSFERATU is an eerie, menacing film that should not be missed.
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- The last name of Max Schreck is German for "terror" or "to frighten."
- In 2000, Willem Dafoe portrayed Max Schreck and John Malkovich played F.W. Murnau in the film SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE.