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Nosferatu (1922)

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Just finished watching and definitely a scary movie.

I think the novel, "Dracula", was more about sex and repression and Victorian England with some amount of horror.

The 1931 movie with Bela has some sex and more horror.

But this film is much more horrific and is even anti-Semitic.  Not as much about sex as the novel and movie, "Dracula".

So for horror and Halloween, "Nosferatu" is the one.

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Just finished watching and definitely a scary movie.

I think the novel, "Dracula", was more about sex and repression and Victorian England with some amount of horror.

The 1931 movie with Bela has some sex and more horror.

But this film is much more horrific and is even anti-Semitic.  Not as much about sex as the novel and movie, "Dracula".

So for horror and Halloween, "Nosferatu" is the one.

 

A large component of the novel Dracula that isn't often broached due to its unseemliness is that it was a veiled attack on East European immigration and a perception by some at the time that Britain's "character" was being diminished by unwelcome, unwholesome Eastern European aristocracy and their "unclean habits and moral degradation". Dracula in the novel arrives in Britain and immediately seduces the young Englishwomen with his Continental manner and sexual allure, which he uses to lure them into "moral turpitude." Many in Western Europe, especially Victorian Britain, felt that the younger generations were being led astray by the encroachment of unwanted foreigners.

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Although this was not my favorite Dracula film, Nosferatu (1922) was a unique watch. It had some very creepy scenes and memorable shots; I only wish I could see it in a tinted version, I saw the black and white with no tinting. I read somewhere that it had some vivid red scenes which I imagine would have worked perfectly in this movie! I liked the night scene when a door is opened and Nosferatu is standing out on the other side just looking scary! He didn't even have to move, just the sight of him standing there was eerie.

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Isn't it ironic that what is considered one of the greatest horror movies of the silent era was made without permission from Bram Stoker's estate?

Stoker's state wanted all the copies of the film destroyed

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