Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horrors
Dir: F.W. Murnau
Star: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Greta Schröder, John Gottowt
Cert / Year: PG / 1922
Format: VIDEO

Made in 1922, Nosferatu was one of the first "horror" movies. The story is basically Bram Stoker's Dracula by another name. Made without the consent of the author, the film cunningly sets itself in Germany as opposed to London in order to get around certain issues and renames the primary characters from Count Dracula and Jonathon Harker to; Count Orlock played by the spooky looking Max Shreck and Hutter played by the rather limp Gustav von Wangenheim.

Out of in excess of 200 films about Dracula this in undoubtibly one of the most influential and revered. The film is more than eighty years old so as you would expect, it does date quite badly and has an almost home movie feel to it these days. Although the film is primarily in sepia it differentiates between night and day by the use of filters; a blue hue depicting night time and the sepia for daylight and candlelight which is quite a nice effect on the whole. The hyena used on-screen to depict a werewolf though I do find a little unforgivable, still the films influence and impact can still be felt 80 years down the line in some of today's horror movies.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home