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Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horrors Review

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Count Orlok (Schreck) moves from his ruined castle to the city of Wisborg, after the visit of one Jonathan Harker. Once there he becomes involved with Jonathan's fiancée Nina, who alone holds the power to destroy him...

★★★★★

Available for the first time in a restored cut, this essential purchase is the first and still greatest screen Dracula. Max Schreck is unforgettable as the rat-faced, needle-fingered human stick insect who emerges from his battered castle to spread plague through the land as he pays revolting attentions to the pure heroine.

Director F.W. Murnau made a few unwise decisions (using fast - as opposed to slow - motion to convey the supernatural passage of the vampire's carriage) but Schreck's vampire is truly nightmarish, scuttling from shadows like something you'd really like to see back under its rock.

A truly nightmarish vision of the Dracula myth.

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