Nosferatu the Vampire ( Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens )
The Birth of Horror
Nosferatu is undoubtedly one of the most influential horror films of all time. F.W. Murnau puts together an extremely creepy atmosphere in the film through some excellent cinematography. The score is eerie and brilliant, an absolute must for a silent film such as this one. The special effects are quite good considering that the film was released in 1922. The acting is effective as Max Schreck shows an incredible amount of menace as Count Orlok. However, despite its obvious influence the film is quite flawed. There is very little character development (not too surprising) and the viewer has no opportunity to sympathize with anyone in the film. Regardless, Nosferatu is worth watching because of its influence on modern horror films and creepy atmosphere. Anyone who enjoys horror films will certainly enjoy this one.