The Netflix description of this movie claims that many horror fanatics call this silent movie the scariest Dracula adaptation ever made. Filmed in the 1920s and starring Max Schreck as the eerie and grotesque Count Orlock.
It is fascinating to see how far movies have come. Nosferatu is from the 20's, done in sepia tone. It is a silent film with the subtitles in script. The orchestra really makes the movie seem creepy.
A crooked real estate agent named Knock is contacted by Count Orlock to purchase a nice empty house in the town and the irony is a large creepy house of the style of 18th prison is available across the street from Knock.
The cute little couple who live on the block have no idea that a monster will be on their street even as the husband packs for his own trip to Transylvania. The wife is worried even though she is entrusted to the care of her husband's sister and brother-in-law.
The man Hutter is haunted and believes a vampire is upon him. He seems to faint. When he wakes up he checks his neck and laughs at himself when he sees the feast. He blames the Mosquitos for the tiny bites.
Hutter works for Knock, not knowing he is evil and something you have to pay close attention as it moves slow intermixed with captions. Hutter is going over paperwork with Orlock, after writing a lonely love sick letter to his wife. He accidentally drops a picture of his wife to which Orlock snaps up with the comment, "your wife has a lovely neck," and informs him that he is moving across the street.
Never realizing that Orlock is the Nosfetaratu and is using the connection to Hutter to haunt his wife. She walks the ledge in a trance searching for her undead unwanted lover but is saved by her brother in law.
Hutter believes he is having nightmares and sets off to discover what is triggering them.
He discovers a coffin in the basement with Orlock in it&tears off the cover revealing him. He rushes away only to catch a disturbing sight out the window. A servant of Nosferatu has loaded several coffins onto a wagon and he is locked in. Realizing the significant of the move and questions about his wife he cries out her name. He's locked into his room so he decides to tear sheets to climb out the window....but he falls.
Nosferatu is on his way to the Austrian town of Wistburg.....will Hutter survive to warn them?
The story is slow but the orchestra, the cryptic albeit crude makeup, and creepy classic lighting make it perfect for a few middle of the night chills.