F. W. Murnau’s vampire movie avoids the usual pitfalls of modern teen romp horror flicks
There is something palpably unsettling about F. W. Murnau’s vampire classic Nosferatu.
For one, Max Schreck, who plays the reclusive Count Orlok, portrays a vision of Dracula that seems far more real, and wholly creepy, than any other version.
The character is entirely devoid of the now mandatory sexiness that plagues any and all modern movie vampires. As it should be, vampirism is a horrendous blight, a seething scourge of hunger that leaves both the predator and the hunted as victims. Orlok is a withered abnormality that stalks a doom-ridden lair in the Carpathian Mountains. It’s not pretty, and was never meant to be. Death strikes the innocent, who similarly look plague-ish.
Nosferatu, however, likely won’t scare the wits out of you. But the scenery, set in Germany, is haunting. As is the music.
With silent movie pianist Rick Friend and conductor Brian Unverricht, the Saskatoon Symphony has crafted a powerful and suspenseful production that takes live music and pairs it with the ominous Nosferatu. Even better, the SSO is encouraging audiences to come dressed for the occasion, along with cape, claws, and fangs.