Nosferatu

Today Google has been marking the birth date of Author Bram Stoker, so I thought I would watch a few Vampire movies including the classic Silent 1922 German horror film,  Nosferatu. Directed by F. W. Murnau and Released in 1922, Nosferatu is a  based on the story “Dracula by Bram Stoker and features a young Clerk named Thomas Hutter  who is dispatched by his employer Knock (Stoker’s Renfield) to visit a mysterious new client named Count Orlok (Max Schreck) in Transylvania in order to finalise the sale of a property.

Whilst he is absent he entrusts his loving wife Ellen (Stoker’s Mina Harker) to his good friend Harding (Stoker’s Arthur Holmwood) and Harding’s sister Annie (Stoker’s Lucy Westenra), before embarking on his long journey. Nearing his destination in the Carpathian mountains, Hutter stops at an inn for dinner. The locals become frightened by the mere mention of Orlok’s name and discourage him from traveling to his castle at night, warning of a werewolf on the prowl. The next morning, Hutter takes a coach to a high mountain pass, but the coachmen decline to take him any further than the bridge as nightfall is approaching. A black-swathed coach appears after Hutter crosses the bridge and the coachman gestures for him to climb aboard. Hutter is welcomed at a castle by Count Orlok.

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NOSFERATU

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The morning after Hutter wakes up to a deserted castle and notices strange bites on his neck, which he attributes to mosquitoes or spiders. That night, Orlok signs the documents to purchase the house across from Hutter’s own home. Hutter writes a letter to his wife and gets a coachman to send it. Reading a book about vampires that he took from the local inn, Hutter starts to suspect that Orlok is Nosferatu, the “Bird of Death,”  then his door opens by itself and Orlok enters….

The next day, Hutter later manages to escape  Orlok’s castle through a window, but injures himself, When he recovers sufficiently  he hurries home. Meanwhile, the coffins are shipped down river on a schooner and soon all but the captain and first mate are dead. Then when the ship docks Orlok disembarks carrying one of his coffins, and moves into the house he purchased. when the ship’s captain is found dead people assume they are dealing with the plague. soon many more unexplained deaths follow, the town is stricken with panic, and people are warned to stay inside . Meanwhile Hutter’s wife Ellen thinks she may have discovered a way to defeat the vampire and opens her window to invite him in….

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