Take-Home Horror: Nosferatu (1922)
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! For today’s Take-Home Horror post, I wanted to cover my Deluxe Edition Blu-ray of my favorite vampire movie, Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922)! This Blu-ray) has two discs, one is Nosferatu with English intertitles and the other has German intertitles with optional English subtitles). This edition also includes Hans Erdmann’s original 1922 score, which is awesome! I thought I would mention those bits first as they aren’t separate special features, they have more to do with the feature film than anything.
The rest of the features are as follows:
- Lengthy excerpts from other films by F.W. Murnau
These excerpts are really cool and they give you a taste of Murnau’s style. I will admit, as I’m sure most of you can agree, Nosferatu is the only Murnau film I know; I would reckon it’s his most popular film, too. Although I will say the excerpts are a bit odd because no context is given for the clips, they just kind of happen.
The film excerpts are as follows: Journey Into the Night (1920), The Haunted Castle (1921), Phantom (1922), The Finances of the Grand Duke (1924), The Last Laugh (1924), Tartuffe (1925), Faust (1926), and Tabu (1931).
- The Language of Shadows (2007), a 52-minute documentary on the making of Nosferatu
The subtitle of this documentary is a bit misleading as it doesn’t only cover the making Nosferatu. This featurette actually goes through Murnau’s early life leading up to the making of Nosferatu, the making of Nosferatu, and the rest of his life following the release of Nosferatu. I thought the documentary was extremely interesting as I didn’t know anything about Murnau previously. Plus, when it gets to the making of Nosferatu, they discuss where the scenes were shot and how which is awesome.
I know that these features probably don’t seem like much, but I admire Nosferatu and it’s influence on horror history. Nosferatu, along with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Weine, 1920), helps make up the foundation of the horror genre and they deserve some recognition for this, whether you enjoy the film or not.
Have you guys seen Nosferatu? Thoughts? The Affiliate link below will take you to the exact copy I talked about in this post on Amazon, should you want to check it out for yourself: