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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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Video Clipnosferatu1.mpg - 2.6m
The first mate tries to hack open Orlok's coffin.

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Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #41. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Tiffany
My friend has this DVD which has 3 cassic horror movies on it... Night of the Living Dead, House on Haunted HIll, and the Type O Negative version of Nosferatu. I really wanted to see Nosferatu for the longest time, because I heard so much about it! It was the best horror movie I have ever seen! I think just the fact of it being so old made it even creepier... because we're unfamiliar with that time period (well I am because I am 18) I can understand why some people may not like the Type O in the background, I guess because it gives the movie more of "familiar" and modern feel to it, which it shouldn't have because it is very old. But I actually was surprised and delighted when I heard one of my favorite bands playing to one of the best movies of all time. I think Type O negative actually did a really amazing job because despite being a "modern" band, they have a lot of the creepy, victorian influence in their music because of the violins, pipe organs, and Peter Steele's voice being so bewitching, sexy, and seductive... almost as if you're being hypnotized by a real vampire! Personally  really love Type O Negative. Love You to Death is one of my favorite songs! I would really love to see the original one day too, and see what horror fans like me and you from the dawn of the century enjoyed. This movie is truly a classic and will live on forever!
Re: Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #42. Posted on December 12, 2007, 12:20:01 PM by Carlos
Hi, I'm a true fan of the spirit of the site, but how come a definitive classic like Nosferatu (the first, i guess, and in my opinion still the best adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel) gets along with all those trashier pictures, i mean, what's it doing here?
Re: Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #43. Posted on January 08, 2009, 05:22:16 PM by Alice
We watched the opening in my film class today... just wondering what the opening track is?? I think it worked really well with the opening scenes :)
Re: Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #44. Posted on May 04, 2009, 07:03:55 PM by KAY
last yr i went into a tat shop and told one of the artist that i wanted a tat of which another doesnt have,he came back 20 mins later and said  let me tat of pic of the famous Nosfertu vanpire on your back,omg  i said yes,after 5 hrs of tating i have this remarkable beautiful bald vanpire biting the sexy womens neck on my back,i might be the only one in the use that has this tat, i just love it, and now wanting more of his work on me from the vamp movies.
Re: Nosferatu: The First Vampire
Reply #45. Posted on June 13, 2009, 03:54:07 AM by eternalkhaos
Have seen a couple versions of the original - one on australian SBS channel and one composed by somebody who lives in Marrickville and shown on oz public channel TVS (31). It's sad to say that i never seen the one with David Carradine. You may joke about him "showing his age" but he died last week, man. Heck, I even met him at Supernova Convention years ago in probably the most awkward conversation (let's just say I asked David how much is the autograph and photograph and that's it). RIP, David Carradine... you gave us Kung Fu, Kill Bill, Death Race 2000 and even Big Stan.
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