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NOSFERATU: THE FIRST VAMPIRE - 3 Slimes
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.
  • 14 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST A BOOK!
  • 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 

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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 #25. Posted on July 28, 2002, 07:37:10 PM by Amelia
This movie sucks my ass. I hated it in the first place, but when I heard some schlock filled in the silence with some cheesy goth music , I about wet my pants laughing. Then I saw it and I could barely catch my breath. How EVIL! NOSFERATU!Was the crap music supposed to catalyze the EVIL? I bet the soundtrack flew off the shelves at the underground music stores. Ha! Two very enthusiastic thumbs down!
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Judas
I have this movie at home, with the original music from 1922, and I don't see why you should play this Type O Negative s**t instead. The original music is much much better!
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Reply #27. Posted on November 24, 2002, 12:57:56 AM by Heinrich_Himmler
Amelia is a dumb girl with no clue what she is talking about.Probably some fourteen year old who would think the ultimate horror movie is some teen slasher film.The look of Count Orlock and the way this film captures an eerie and helpless feeling as you have in your nightmares displays the sheer brilliance of German Expressionism.I will agree this heavy metal Type O Negative s**t was completely uncalled for it ruined the atmosphere of the film.A classical soundtrack of gothic organs and viola would have suited it much better.Now you must have every little idiot wannabe goth slipknot fan in the world renting it.As if those little degenerates would know anything about art or German Expressionism.
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Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by stfunoob
orchid_lunar_nazi is too nasty and closed minded about the music.  I admit that the harder stuff (OLDER TYPE O) was pretty inappropriate for this movie, but I like the feeling the October Rust material gives it.  It's not very "heavy metal" at all, it's quite atmospheric.  For the record, "little idiot wannabe goth slipknot fans" is a big mishmash of contradictory phrases.  Anyway, none of those kids like Type O Negative, because their music actually has some kind of majesty to it and would thus be labelled gay.  I think Type O Negative was the right band for the job as far as mainstream "hard" bands go, that's for sure.  Anyway, I wouldn't go around throwing rocks at the "little idiot wannabe goth slipknot fans" if your email address includes the word "nazi" without a "s suck" after it.  Real smart.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Nikita
"Nosferatu" is actually an illegal "Dracula" adaptation. The plot is basically the same : actually, the german producers didnt' want to pay the rights, and figured Bram Stoker's widow would never hear about the movie. But she dis, she sued, and had the film withdrawn from the theaters ! Prints disappeared for decades, and this contributed to the film's cult reputation.
Actually, if you see the 1979 remake with Klaus Kinski, the vampire is actually called Dracula !

The myth about Max Schreck being a real vampire, which later inspired "Shadow of the vampire", comes from the fact that he was a very-little known actor. His looks and the fact that Schreck means "fear" in german didn' help... He was actually from Munich, and worked on stage for most of his career. He had no other remarkable film roles aside from Nosferatu, and died in the late 30's.
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Reply #30. Posted on August 18, 2003, 04:24:49 PM by NosferatuGrafOrlok
The best vampire film of all time brought up to date.
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Hawkeye Pierce
OH NO! THEY REVIEWED THE CRAPPY VERSION!
This version truly sucks, the music is crap and is, well, disturbing. Ofcourse all those creepy shadows in the film are disturbing but, well, it just doesn't work (while it did work for METROPOLIS featuring all kind of 80's carp-music like LOVE KILLS by good old Freddie Mercury {FLASH AHA! DAMN I LOVE THAT MOVIE}).

If you want a version featuring a good score, go for the one featuring the musci composed by JAMES BERNARD, he's the guy that did the music for the first 6-7 DRACULA flicks starring Chris Lee (you know, that guy who thought he wasn't good enough for B-Movies so starrted whining until he starred in a BOND MOVIE so he would get all kind of fancy roles such as the ones he did in STAR WARS and LORD OF THE  RINGS, roles that were cool to, but not half as cool as Count "they-have-destroyed-my-servant-now-they-will-be-destroyed" Dracula!).

Enjoy the James Bernard Version and good luck figuring out what way you will destruct your current DVD disc (put it in the micro-wave and SHAZAM! HOUDINI! gone is your disc and VOILA! gone is your Microwave!

THE END (for now)

PS
I didn't mean it Chris, you rock!
Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #32. Posted on December 10, 2003, 09:38:39 PM by Chris Schneider
     I hate to sound like a phillistine, but I prefer classic silent horror without grunge metal sound tracks. (I like Type O negative, though.) Can anyone refer me to a decent remaster of this movie in VHS with just a weird sound track?
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