History YMMV / Nosferatu

6th Jul '17 11:18:20 PM JulianLapostat
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* AssPull: One of the most famous in movie history; Creator/FWMurnau couldn't figure out how to kill Orlock, so he finally just said "Uh, sunlight? Yeah, that works..." [[LostInImitation Since then, every vampire in fiction has been]] [[WeakenedByTheLight vulnerable to it]]. Incidentally, the effect can also utterly fail if you see the silent film in a version without the tints, since in plain black-and-white, the orthochromatic film shoot doesn't distinguish between day and night, and the tints (dark blue for night, amber for day) do the job better to distinguish both.

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* AssPull: One of the most famous in movie history; Creator/FWMurnau couldn't figure out how to kill Orlock, so he finally just said "Uh, sunlight? Yeah, that works..." [[LostInImitation Since then, every vampire in fiction has been]] [[WeakenedByTheLight vulnerable to it]]. Incidentally, the effect can also utterly fail if you see the silent film in a version without the tints, since in plain black-and-white, the orthochromatic film shoot stock doesn't distinguish between day and night, and the tints (dark blue for night, amber for day) do the job better to distinguish both.
6th Jul '17 4:12:24 PM JulianLapostat
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* AssPull: One of the most famous in movie history; Creator/FWMurnau couldn't figure out how to kill Orlock, so he finally just said "Uh, sunlight? Yeah, that works..." [[LostInImitation Since then, every vampire in fiction has been]] [[WeakenedByTheLight vulnerable to it]].

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* AssPull: One of the most famous in movie history; Creator/FWMurnau couldn't figure out how to kill Orlock, so he finally just said "Uh, sunlight? Yeah, that works..." [[LostInImitation Since then, every vampire in fiction has been]] [[WeakenedByTheLight vulnerable to it]]. Incidentally, the effect can also utterly fail if you see the silent film in a version without the tints, since in plain black-and-white, the orthochromatic film shoot doesn't distinguish between day and night, and the tints (dark blue for night, amber for day) do the job better to distinguish both.
* BetterThanCanon: More than a few feel that Murnau's film is better than the novel, with ''Nosferatu'' being a cooler name than Dracula and being [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler less disparaging of Romanian nationalist sentiments]], the location of the novel in some vague German land is also more historically accurate (since Central and Eastern Europe is where vampire legends first came from) than VictorianBritain and of course the Rat Vampire look is scarier than the opera cape and tux look that became de rigeur later on. Among cinephiles the Murnau original is definitely considered the greatest and most artistic film adaptation of the novel.



* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Max Schreck looks absolutely ''phenomenal'' in his Count Orlok attire, genuinely looking like a hideous monster of the night. Especially impressive for the time it was produced.

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* SignatureScene: The plague ship massacre especially the final part where Orlock comes on deck and stands in an empty ship all alone after killing all the crew.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Max Schreck looks absolutely ''phenomenal'' in his Count Orlok attire, genuinely looking like a hideous monster of the night. Especially impressive for the time it was produced. Part of the reason it worked is because of the greater realism. It's often neglected that this poster-child of GermanExpressionism made extensive use of location shooting.
13th Jun '17 11:07:30 AM Thorion
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** In the opening scenes the villagers claim a werewolf roams through the forest at night. The atmosphere is really creepy and the audience wonders what this creature will look like. When the protagonist goes to sleep the camera shows a wolflike creature walking in the forest, but it's clearly not a wolf, let alone a werewolf, but a striped hyena! And it's strange to downright ridiculous that this animal walks around in Transylvania, UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}.

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** In the opening scenes the villagers claim a werewolf roams through the forest at night. The atmosphere is really creepy and the audience wonders what this creature will look like. When the protagonist goes to sleep the camera shows a wolflike creature walking in the forest, forest but it's clearly not a wolf, let alone a werewolf, but falls flat on its face due to having the werewolf being played by a striped hyena! And it's strange to downright ridiculous that this animal walks around in Transylvania, UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}.hyena.
11th May '17 4:04:56 PM TheJayman49
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* MemeticMutation: [[http://images.popmatters.com/misc_art/d/dvd-nosferatu-650.jpg Count Orlok's menacing shadow on the wall as he climbs the staircase]] is not only a legendary image in GermanExpressionism, but is one of the single most famous images in all of cinema.

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* MemeticMutation: [[http://images.popmatters.com/misc_art/d/dvd-nosferatu-650.[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/ba/NosferatuShadow.jpg Count Orlok's menacing shadow on the wall as he climbs the staircase]] is not only a legendary image in GermanExpressionism, but is one of the single most famous images in all of cinema.



** If you went to a visual art school, chances are you've seen the shot of [[http://images.popmatters.com/misc_art/d/dvd-nosferatu-650.jpg Orlok's shadow on the wall]] many, many times.

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** If you went to a visual art school, chances are you've seen the shot of [[http://images.popmatters.com/misc_art/d/dvd-nosferatu-650.[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/ba/NosferatuShadow.jpg Orlok's shadow on the wall]] many, many times.
3rd May '17 2:40:15 PM chasemaddigan
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The reason this movie still exists. According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosferatu The Other Wiki]], the film's creating studio was sued by the estate of Creator/BramStoker, and the courts ordered all copies of the film to be ''burned''. Somehow, one copy slipped through the cracks, and this copy was then duplicated and spread throughout the world. The 'crack' was the United States, which didn't recognize most foreign copyright claims until decades later, by which time the original book was public domain and the claim against the film moot.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Orlok? Orlock? Both spellings have been used frequently, though the former ''seems'' to be the correct one.
11th Dec '16 2:08:23 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CompleteMonster: [[LooksLikeOrlok Count Orlok]], the eponymous "Nosferatu," is one of the earliest examples of vampires in cinema and one of the most terrifying. When Thomas Hutter arrives in the Transylvanian Carpathian Mountains, the locals speak Orlok's name in hushed whispers and don't dare to venture out at dark. Upon meeting Orlok, Hutter is attacked and the count tries to feed from him fatally before being repulsed. Hutter witnesses Orlok loading up several coffins to be transported across the sea, and Orlok later kills the crew of the schooner transporting him. The other coffins are revealed to also contain plague-bearing rats, and Orlok's arrival spreads a deathly plague all over Europe. He uses the plague as cover to feed on the people of Hutter's home village of Wisborg without suspicion before Hutter's innocent wife Ellen catches his eye. Orlok attacks Ellen, draining her to death in her HeroicSacrifice to keep him distracted before the sun rises to destroy him. Orlok had spawned a legion of imitators and while later vampires were portrayed as sophisticated, urbane and charming, Orlok is nothing more than a cunning, evil and ravenous beast that can barely pass as a human being.

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* CompleteMonster: [[LooksLikeOrlok Count Orlok]], the eponymous "Nosferatu," is one of the earliest examples of vampires in cinema and one of the most terrifying. When Thomas Hutter arrives in the Transylvanian Carpathian Mountains, the locals [[TheDreaded speak Orlok's name in hushed whispers whispers]] and don't dare to venture out at dark. Upon meeting Orlok, Hutter is attacked and the count tries to feed from him fatally before being repulsed. Hutter witnesses Orlok loading up several coffins to be transported across the sea, and Orlok later kills the crew of the schooner transporting him. The other coffins are revealed to also contain plague-bearing rats, and Orlok's arrival spreads a deathly plague all over Europe. He uses the plague as cover to feed on the people of Hutter's home village of Wisborg without suspicion before Hutter's innocent wife Ellen catches his eye. Orlok attacks Ellen, draining her to death in her HeroicSacrifice to keep him distracted before the sun rises to destroy him. Orlok had spawned a legion of imitators and while later vampires were portrayed as sophisticated, urbane and charming, Orlok is nothing more than a cunning, evil and ravenous beast that can barely pass as a human being.
24th Sep '16 9:56:29 PM WanderingBrowser
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* AssPull: One of the most famous in movie history; Creator/FWMurnau couldn't figure out how to kill Orlock, so he finally just said "Uh, sunlight? Yeah, that works..." Since then, every vampire in fiction has been [[WeakenedByTheLight vulnerable to it]].

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* AssPull: One of the most famous in movie history; Creator/FWMurnau couldn't figure out how to kill Orlock, so he finally just said "Uh, sunlight? Yeah, that works..." [[LostInImitation Since then, every vampire in fiction has been been]] [[WeakenedByTheLight vulnerable to it]].
7th Aug '16 12:07:58 PM NWolfman
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* MemeticMutation: [[http://images.popmatters.com/misc_art/d/dvd-nosferatu-650.jpg Count Orlok's menacing shadow on the wall as he climbs the staircase]] is not only a legendary image in GermanExpressionism, but is one of the single most famous images in all of cinema.



* WatchItForTheMeme: Some younger viewers watch the film just to find out who was the guy flickering the lights in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.

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* WatchItForTheMeme: WatchItForTheMeme
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Some younger viewers watch the film just to find out who was the guy flickering the lights in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''.
** If you went to a visual art school, chances are you've seen the shot of [[http://images.popmatters.com/misc_art/d/dvd-nosferatu-650.jpg Orlok's shadow on the wall]] many, many times.
19th Apr '16 9:08:57 PM Pichu-kun
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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: In the case of Creator/WernerHerzog's ''Nosferatu the Vampyre'', there's another collaboration and brilliant soundtrack by [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] group Music/PopolVuh.

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* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
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In the case of Creator/WernerHerzog's ''Nosferatu the Vampyre'', there's another collaboration and brilliant soundtrack by [[UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} German]] group Music/PopolVuh.



* {{Narm}}: In order to make the carriage seem "Supernaturally fast," they just sped up the camera. In 1922 this certainly ''looked'' spooky, but today? [[http://bennyhillifier.com/?id=BoBu2C5PS8w Brings Benny Hill to mind]].

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* {{Narm}}: {{Narm}}:
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In order to make the carriage seem "Supernaturally fast," they just sped up the camera. In 1922 this certainly ''looked'' spooky, but today? [[http://bennyhillifier.com/?id=BoBu2C5PS8w Brings Benny Hill to mind]].



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The reason this movie still exists. According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosferatu The Other Wiki]], the film's creating studio was sued by the estate of Creator/BramStoker, and the courts ordered all copies of the film to be ''burned''. Somehow, one copy slipped through the cracks, and this copy was then duplicated and spread throughout the world.
** The 'crack' was the United States, which didn't recognize most foreign copyright claims until decades later, by which time the original book was public domain and the claim against the film moot.
* NightmareRetardant: In the opening scenes the villagers claim a werewolf roams through the forest at night. The atmosphere is really creepy and the audience wonders what this creature will look like. When the protagonist goes to sleep the camera shows a wolflike creature walking in the forest, but it's clearly not a wolf, let alone a werewolf, but a striped hyena! And it's strange to downright ridiculous that this animal walks around in Transylvania, UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The reason this movie still exists. According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosferatu The Other Wiki]], the film's creating studio was sued by the estate of Creator/BramStoker, and the courts ordered all copies of the film to be ''burned''. Somehow, one copy slipped through the cracks, and this copy was then duplicated and spread throughout the world.
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world. The 'crack' was the United States, which didn't recognize most foreign copyright claims until decades later, by which time the original book was public domain and the claim against the film moot.
* NightmareRetardant: NightmareRetardant:
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In the opening scenes the villagers claim a werewolf roams through the forest at night. The atmosphere is really creepy and the audience wonders what this creature will look like. When the protagonist goes to sleep the camera shows a wolflike creature walking in the forest, but it's clearly not a wolf, let alone a werewolf, but a striped hyena! And it's strange to downright ridiculous that this animal walks around in Transylvania, UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}.
16th Jan '16 11:35:23 AM justme13
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* NightmareRetardant: In the opening scenes the villagers claim a werewolf roams through the forest at night. The atmosphere is really creepy and the audience wonders what this creature will look like. When the protagonist goes to sleep the camera shows a wolflike creature walking in the forest, but it's clearly not a wolf, left alone a werewolf, but a striped hyena! And it's strange to downright ridiculous that this animal walks around in Transylvania, UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}.

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* NightmareRetardant: In the opening scenes the villagers claim a werewolf roams through the forest at night. The atmosphere is really creepy and the audience wonders what this creature will look like. When the protagonist goes to sleep the camera shows a wolflike creature walking in the forest, but it's clearly not a wolf, left let alone a werewolf, but a striped hyena! And it's strange to downright ridiculous that this animal walks around in Transylvania, UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}.
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