The blood-thirsty vampire is certainly one of the most terrifying creatures ever to be born out of man’s imagination. Nosferatu, the 1922 silent thriller loosely based from a classic 1897 novel, remains one of the most spine-tingling films depicting vampires.
Folklore and legends all over the world have long warned people of a blood-sucking demon, commonly known until the present as the vampire. Many tales and early literary works drew inspiration from such grisly tales. However, it was Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel entitled Dracula that became the standard for all things vampiric.
No wonder the classic novel inspired German director F.W. Murnau to create one of the earliest vampire movies ever to terrify moviegoers—the 1922 silent film Nosferatu. However, as the film was an unofficial adaptation of the novel, the names and details were changed; “nosferatu” was used instead of “vampire”, and “Count Orlok” was used instead of “Count Dracula”.
Nosferatu brought to life the fears of many, with Max Schreck’s portrayal of Count Orlok not only remembered as one of the scariest vampires ever, but also becoming the stuff nightmares are made of—jagged teeth, long nails, pale skin, coffin, and all.
Watch the classic silent film in full below:
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