Synopsis: Wisbourg, Germany based estate agent Knock dispatches his associate, Hutter, to Count Orlok's castle in Transylvania as the Count wants to purchase an isolated house in Wisbourg. They plan on selling him the one across the way from Hutter's own home. Hutter leaves his innocent wife, Ellen, with some friends while he is away. Hutter's trek is an unusual one, with many locals not wanting to take him near the castle where strange events have been occurring. Once at the castle, Hutter does manage to sell the Count the house, but he also notices and feels unusual occurrences, primarily feeling like there is a dark shadow hanging over him, even in the daytime when the Count is unusually asleep. Hutter eventually sees the Count's sleeping chamber in a crypt, and based on a book he has recently read, believes the Count is really a vampire or Nosferatu. While Hutter is trapped in the castle, the Count, hiding in a shipment of coffins, makes his way to Wisbourg, causing death along his way, whic
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Director(s): F.W. Murnau
Production: Film Arts Guild
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

A chronicle of the Great Death

of Wisborg in the year 1838 A.D.

Nosferatu! Does not this name sound

like the very midnight call of Death?

Speak it not aloud, or life's pictures

will turn to pale shadows,

and nightmares will rise up to feed on your blood.

I have long meditated on the rise and fall of the

Great Death in my home town of Wisborg.

Here is the story: In Wisborg there lived a man

called Hutter with his young wife Ellen...

"Why have you destroyed them - the beautiful flowers?"

"Not so hasty, my young friend!

No one escapes his destiny."

There was also a house agent called Knock,

a strange man, and the center of much gossip.

One thing was sure: he paid his people well.

"Count Orlok - His Grace - from Transylvania - wants to

buy a beautiful house - in our little town..."

"You could make a nice bit of money."

"You will have a marvellous jorney -

What matter if it costs you a bit of pain -

or even a little blood?"

"He wants a handsome deserted house..."

"That house - just opposite yours. Offer him that!"

"Leave at once, my young friend.

Have a quick journey into the land of phantoms!"

"I may be away for several month, dear Ellen, away

in a country of ghosts and robbers."

Thus Hutter gave the grief-stricken woman into the care of

his friends, the rich shipbuilder Harding and Ruth, his sister.

"Do not fear."

From relay to relay, through the dust raised by the stages,

Hutter hurried on until the peaks of the Carpathian mountains

loomed up ahead.

"My dinner - quickly - I must hasten to Count Orlok's castle!"

"You must leave now! The evil spirits become all-powerful after dark!"

The Book of the Vampires

From the seed of Relial came the vampire Nosferatu which liberty and

feedeth on the blood of mankind and abideth,

unredeemed, in horrible Darkness,

on the cursed earth from the graveyards of the Black Death.

Nosferatu, a name that ringeth like the cry of a bird of prey.

Speak it not aloud!

"Drive on! The sun is setting!"

"We will go no further! Not for a fortune!"

"We will go no further! Here begins the land of the phantoms!"

And when he had crossed the bridge, the phantoms came to meet him.

"You are late, young man. It is almost midnight.

My servants have all retired."

"Blood! Your precious blood!"

"Shall we stay up together for awhile?

It is a long time until sunrise during the day,

my friend, I truly sleep the deepest sleep."

As soon as the sun rose Hutter felt himself

freed from the shadows of the night.

Dearest Ellen! Do not grieve because your beloved is far away...

...the mosquitoes are reals pests. I have been stung at the neck by

two at once, very close together, one on each side...

One's dreams are heavy in this deserted castle, but do not fear...

With twilight the empty castle came alive again with menacing shadows.

"Your wife has a beautiful neck..."

"I shall take the house - the handsome deserted house opposite yours..."

From the seed of Relial came the vampire Nosferatu which liveth

and feedeth on the blood of mankind and abideth,

unredeemed, in horrible Darkness,

on the cursed earth from the graveyards of the Black Death.

At night said Nosferatu sinketh his fangs into victim and feeds

on the blood that constitues his hellish elixir of life.

At the same hour...


"Fetch a doctor...a doctor!"


"A harmless blood condition!"

The doctor described Ellen's anxietes as if the had been trifles.

But I know that in that night her soul had heard the call of death.

Already, Nosferatu was raising his wings.

And Hutter, far away, had heard her cry of warning.

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Henrik Galeen

Henrik Galeen (7 January 1881 – 30 July 1949) was an Austrian-born actor, screenwriter and film director considered an influential figure in the development of German Expressionist cinema during the silent era. more…

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