Blu Ray Review-Nosferatu


Review-The biggest joy as a collector to me in 2013 was that I finally own Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last! on Criterion blu ray and now that I own another film I view as a classic Nosferatu on blu ray. The biggest positive right out the gates is that Kino Classics released it, so I know the picture quality and sound will be amazing. Today when we think of vampires, sadly we think of teen films and teen television shows. The fear of Dracula and Vampires today seems like such a lost art. Tonight when I watched F.W. Murnau’s classic it was such a sad trip to better days when films did not have to be so clichéd and were just effective from how simple it was. This film really wants us to believe in the theory of vampires existing. Max Schreck plays the vampire of the film and does not come across as an actor trying to fake a role, but more of a victim suffering from a curse. The vampire in this film is not some trendy flavor of the day, he looks like an animal, and he has bat ears, animal nails and fangs that resemble almost some kind of rat. Nosferatu is the Mona Lisa of Dracula films, this silent film was based on the Bram Stoker novel, but because of legal reasons involving the late widow of Stoker they had to change the title of the film and character as well. The film takes place in Germany, Knock who is a real estate agent assigns Hutter who is an employee of his to visit the castle of Count Orlok who wishes to buy a place but it has to be deserted. As the story goes on during Hutter’s trip to the destination of Orlok he goes thru a lot involving an inn where all people fall silent when the mention of Orlok’s name comes up. I do not want to go more into the plot because it gets into spoilers and ruining this film for a newbie, so I will say this as you can guess Orlok and Hutter are set on a collision course with each other. This film has many shots that people keep talking about like the shots of the ship, the cargo on that ship being a horde of coffins all filled with dirt. Is this film 91 years later still effective or scary in today’s modern sense? Not really, but I love this film for what it means to horror and the look of the film is just flat out for its time amazing. This film has a few good really jumps, but I just love this film after watching it again for the first time in 29 years. The atmosphere and imagery this film pulls off are flat out amazing and it really knows how to keep the audience’s full attention. I was always a fan of the silent movies, and I feel that a film like Nosferatu really is so much more effective for it. The silence is effective because the characters cannot talk away their fears or scream, they have to find a way outside of speech to deal with them, and that is why this film is so creative. If you never witnessed the beauty that is Nosferatu, you are truly missing out. This film is smart, creepy and such a treasure to film collectors.

9 out of 10