#14 Nosferatu (1922)

Who here has seen Twilight? How about The Vampire Diaries? Well, forget about your sparkly hot vampires that make your love life complicated and focus your attention on F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, one of the most earliest vampire films.


This is what a vampire is supposed to look like, people! Terrifying, lurking at every corner with a strong sense for your blood! This film was really taken from Bram Stroker’s Dracula but they weren’t given the film rights so the names had to be changed around. For Dracula fans, were you able to see the similarities and differences between the two? The plot centers on a real estate agent and his wife who get a new resident living by them. A count who just so happens to be a vampire thirsting for their blood. What’s unfortunate was how because of a law suit for continuing on with their plans with the filmmaking, the studio, Prana Films, had to declare bankruptcy and their plans for making more supernatural films was gone


Even though Count Orlak really only has a limited amount of screen time, his presence really is everywhere whether you see a parade of rats or mouth bites revealed on each victim. The shadow shots were eye-gazing to me and plays a key role in German Expressionism. Even though Count Orlak is actually pretty stout, his shadow gives him a larger, more terrifying appearance as he approaches his victims. I also consider this film sort-of feminist in the heroic act that Ellen completes by its final conclusion. This film opened doors to popular culture using the myth of popular culture to come up with many stories in film, television, music, etc.

See one of the first vampire films and write your responses to it:



3 thoughts on “#14 Nosferatu (1922)

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