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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 #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Banden
Bought this movie at Walmart on DVD for $9.00 canadian,  it is a compelling piece to watch and the music is a phoenominal catalyst to the dark imagery created in this 1922 version of Bram Stoker's Dracula.  Best ten bucks Ive spent in a while.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #18. Posted on June 13, 2001, 12:38:53 PM by *aimee*
very good movie.. worth seeing.. go ahead.. its not bad.. lots of scary scenes..
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Geoff
I think the "dog" is an African hyena. There are a number of images on Google or at I've just viewed the Eureka DVD of
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Gary
  This movie still scares the hell out of me.  Max Schreck is by far 100 times more eerie than Bela Lugosi ever was.  No vampyre flick comes close to the mood of this gem.  I can't watch this movie if I'm home alone.  I have to wait till my wife and kid are home first.  That scene of his shadow creeping up the staircase still makes my flesh crawl. Sure, the acting is overdone, and hammy, but that's the way they acted back then, and it even helps heighten the frightening eerieness as well.  Excellent!!!
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by BoyScoutKevin
At first, I thought that dog-like creature was a hyena. Then I thought it was a Tasmanian tiger (aka Tasmanian wolf). Now, I am back to the opinion it is a hyena. Not the common spotted hyena of Africa, but the rarer striped hyena of Asia. The stripe pattern seems to be wrong for a Tasmanian. Though, it still could be a Tasmanian, as the last one died in captivity in 1936. It sure would be kewl if it was a Tasmanian; for, as far as I know, this would be the only film of an animal now extinct. Whatever!? Still a kewl movie. Enjoy

Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #22. Posted on March 04, 2002, 08:40:44 PM by Mikki
 I LOVED the movie, and the websight is awesome! I loved all the downloads, pics, and music!!!Nosferatu rocks!!!
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Jen
It's an Aardwolf, which is indeed a smaller member of the hyena family, and I had to laugh, because they're termite eaters, not even carnivores!  But it's a brilliant movie otherwise, and I'm sure hardly anybody knew what the animal was back then, so it could still be seen as kind of creepy and 'other'.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #24. Posted on July 18, 2002, 05:32:28 PM by kayte
 Why is there a space 4 this film on this site?? Nosferatu is excellent! seems like every1 thinks it 2. The way he walks freaks me out and his eyes, ugh, nasty, but VERY good, shorter than I expected it to be though.
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