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SHOCK-tober: Nosferatu

Sunday 20th October - 11.45am

Thursday 24th October - 6.00pm

Screen 2

Director: F. W. Murnau

Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Alexander Granach, Ruth Landshoff & Wolfgang Heinz

Rating: PG

Germany 1922, 85mins

An iconic film of the German expressionist cinema, and one of the most famous of all silent movies, Max Schreck’s cadaverous count haunts F.W. Murnau’s poetic take on the Bram Stoker's Dracula myth.

In this highly influential silent horror film, the mysterious Count Orlok (Max Schreck) summons Thomas Hutter (Gustav von Wangenheim) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The eerie Orlok seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Greta Schroeder). After Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile Orlok's servant, Knock (Alexander Granach), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.

Eine Symphonie Des Grauens (A Symphony Of Horrors). They don't write movie sell-lines like that any more, and they certainly don't make movies like this faded, haunting masterpiece of silent cinema any more either ★★★★★ Empire

To watch F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu" (1922) is to seethe vampire movie before it had really seen itself. Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. The film is in awe of its material. It seems to really believe in vampires ★★★★★ Roger Ebert