Nosferatu: The Symphony of Horror

 

On 4 March was the 95th anniversary of the famous movie “Nosferatu” by German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. Even after 95 years it is still one of the scariest movies in the whole history of films, and is a classic which inspired many movies such as “Nosferatu:Phantom der Nacht” by Werner Herzog and “Shadow of the Vampire.”

The movie is based on the famous novel by Bram Stoker “Dracula.” However, since at that time it was impossible to use the name “Dracula” for the movie because of copyright issues, Murnau was forced to use “Nosferatu,” which is the Romanian word for evil or fiend spirits.

Despite the fact that it was one of the earliest movies of Murnau, the director never was able to create something that could come close to the glory and fame of this movie.

Until 1972 the movie was banned in Sweden, because of the scary content it had. This may sound interesting for all those people who enjoy horror movies. Especially those who do not like the low-budget, boring and sometimes self-repeating horror movies of the 21st century, should consider watching this movie.

However, the movie is not only for those who love horror, it can also satisfy the aesthetic needs for those who just enjoy good movies, with amazing directorial work and wonderful expressionist acting. The movie will introduce to the viewers to the whole art of German expressionist, which unarguably was the best and the leading cinema in 1920’s and in the first half of 1930’s. The amazing acting of Max Schreck as Count Orlok, will make you feel Vampire’s  mysterious and appalling presence.

Shot in 1922, it is yet the best adaptation of Stoker’s famous novel, and currently is being re-worked for a future remake.  After 95 years, it is still interesting and was recently voted as the second best horror movie of all time behind only “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” another classic of German expressionism. The symphony still goes on.

 

Daniel Tahmazyan

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Nosferatu: The Symphony of Horror

  1. It’s funny how originally the girl’s name was Mina, but in the version I’ve seen (coincidentally much) it was Nina, and here I see it’s Ellen 😀 Oh the wonders of translation

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    1. 😀 In Nosferatu they have changed the names of all characters Dracula to Count Orlok, no Professor Van Helsing instead Professor Bulwer and so on.

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