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Hello, Creepypasta Wiki community, and welcome back to Shocktober. Tonight, we have a movie almost a century old. The oldest film on this list, Nasferatu is a haunting image from the past.

Nosferatu

A German film directed by F. W. Murnau (sunrise), Nosferatu is the first major Hollywood film to be based around the stories of Bram Stoker's Dracula, though the name was not used for copyright reasons.

Focusing on Thomas Hutter, whom has been sent by his both to Transylvania, the plot tells the story of Count Orlok, whom kills and drinks the blood of his victims, to which the townsfolk blame the plague ravaging them for. Whilst inside of Orlok's castle, Hutter begins to notice strange signs from the count, which eventually lead to the climax in his reign of terror.

So, it is basically a slightly altered version of Dracula, but that is not to say this film is a worthless rip off. First, I'll list some differences between Dracula and Orlok.

  • Orlok kills his victims, and does not create more vampires when he feeds.
  • Orlok is killed by the sunlight, whilst Dracula is only weakened.
  • Orlok is far less caring, and has less self control.

Other than that, the amazing camera shots in this movie alone make up for the initial lawsuits and infringement.

The shot of Orlok's shadow (played by Max Schreck, whom does an amazing job) walking up the stairs with his fingers stretched out is one of the most famous shots in movie history, and it is well deserved.

Nosferatu stairs

The film's silent nature serves very well in extending the immersion the film has, and drawing you in to the world just that much more with the suspense.

This film is essentially the classic vampire story, before it was shrouded in cliches, terrible renditions, and bad choice making of directors. The vampire is a long since slaughtered type of character, who we see in many different forms- all of which are dead cliches.

Orlok, is undead.


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