Great Moments In Film – Nosferatu (1922)
In my opinion, 1922’s Nosferatu is the still the best vampire movie ever to be released. Based on Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” (they couldn’t get the rights to the name), F.W. Murnau’s (also known for the wonderful Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans) film is equal parts imaginative and suspenseful. The techniques used here are incredible and make for quite a scary movie which pulls you in. A lot of thanks would, of course, go to Max Schreck. His vampire is one of the creepiest entities to ever grace the silver screen. He was one very scary looking guy to say the least.
In this clip, the vampire goes after his prey. I love the use of shadows in this scene. As he creeps up the stairs, as he reaches toward the door, the shadows add a sort of tension that we don’t often see nowadays. It’s a shame indeed. Just wait until he looks up in self realization.
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