Max Schreck is just a click away

Yes, given that F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) is now in the public domain, Google video is hosting a digital copy. For those who may not know about this film, it is the first popular telling of the Dracula story on film. Though a silent film, its haunting gothic imagery and the other-worldly creepiness of Max Schreck in the role of Count Dracula became archetypes of the horror genre.

Schreck proved so convincing in the role that it inspired a fictional film, Shadow of the Vampire (2000), that suggested the actor really was a vampire.

Th original Nosferatu was faithfully remade, though with sound, by Werner Herzog in 1979 with his alter-ego Klaus Kinski playing the Count.


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